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    DefaultHello...lab puppy has joined my pack :-)

    Hi all,

    I have a new female lab named Quinn! She is now 4 weeks old (today!) and has joined hubby/me & our 3 American Cockers (6, 4 and 2 yrs old). Yes.... it is busy lol. BUT, much easier than I expected (though I thought it would be complete chaos for awhile)....I think having the other dogs has made her transition to feeling comfortable much easier. And, they help me train her! Love her to bits :-). I am new to the breed....we moved to the country and I have always wanted a larger dog and we have 11 acres. Its mostly treed but I have farm fenced off a beautiful grassy paradise of about 2 acres that the dogs can run free :-).

    I do have a question though it may be better suited for the health forum....she has a bit of a limp when she wakes up from a nap. Appears to be hind left leg. Not sure if it could be growing pains....she usually walks it off within minutes. Any thoughts are appreciated! I do have a vet appointment on Monday for her 4 week vaccinations and I will ask my fantastic vet but thought I would see if you all had any opinions!

    Thanks,
    Janet, Riley, Maya, Sam (Cockers) & QUINN (black lab)

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    Sadly, I don't know how to edit my post above haha....my pup is 16 weeks old (4 months)

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    Oh good, glad to see your edit. Has she possibly strained a muscle in her thigh? I'd try resting her a few days at least. I just had my youngster (7.5 mos) come up limping and I too thought possibly pano but had it xrayed just in case. All was fine. I think she strained a muscle out in the field. Let us know what your vet says. Anne

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    Thanks Anne.....just got back from vet and getting x-rays done for Quinn (left hind leg). The limp became worse over the last couple days (even using only 3 legs a few times :-(). The vet 'thinks' she felt a bit of movement in her knee so possible partial or fully torn......the x-rays have been sent to an awesome, reputable orthopaedic specialist and we should hear back shortly what she sees and/or can advise. Big problem as Quinn is only 4 months old and her plates are not even close to being formed so surgery isn't an option. Ugh. This really sucks. Do you or anyone else have experience with knee problems in a 4 month old puppy (don't know yet if its injury or conformation)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calla View Post
    Thanks Anne.....just got back from vet and getting x-rays done for Quinn (left hind leg). The limp became worse over the last couple days (even using only 3 legs a few times :-(). The vet 'thinks' she felt a bit of movement in her knee so possible partial or fully torn......the x-rays have been sent to an awesome, reputable orthopaedic specialist and we should hear back shortly what she sees and/or can advise. Big problem as Quinn is only 4 months old and her plates are not even close to being formed so surgery isn't an option. Ugh. This really sucks. Do you or anyone else have experience with knee problems in a 4 month old puppy (don't know yet if its injury or conformation)?

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    Oh shoot, I'm sorry to hear that. First, can you search in your area for a holistic vet? Preferably one who does prolotherapy. This is a non-surgical process which has worked well for partial tears and other connective tissue injuries if that is what it is. I know there is someone in Lansing (possibly at or near MSU) but that's as much as I know about your area these days as I've lived out west for 30 yrs now. I had this done w/ Fuji, my now oldest (choc) after she had a neck injury in play as a youngster-- and she's been great ever since. When her great granddaughter came up limping a couple weeks ago, that was my plan if it was in the stifle, but thankfully just a strain. Best of luck. Anne

    WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014

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