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    UnhappyMy 5 month old male lab is limping :(

    Hiya,

    I have a 5 month old male choc lab. For the last couple of days he has had a slight limp in his back right leg, has been very lethargic & will barely eat his food.. unless he eats it from our hands! When he walks & when I feel around on his leg, hips, paws etc he shows no pain/yelping but when he walks he puts minimal pressure on his leg. Then yesterday when I got home he is now starting to hold his front paw up a little aswell. I am super worried He had a couple of play dates on the weekend with two little dogs on seperate occasions.. they are alot quicker than him so I am not sure if perhaps he is sore from playing or has strained/put something out or even perhaps from walking down our stairs. But this doesn't explain the lethargy & not eating. He's also had really bad breath & lost a tooth on the weekend.. so perhaps teething is playing a role in him being unwell also.

    Has anyone else had any similar situations with their lab???

    We have an appointment with the vet this evening. I am crossing my fingers that he hasn't got some form of dysplasia or serious issue.. He is my first lab, I know they are prone to hip & elbow problems..

    Any advice/insight would be greatly appreciated

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    I've never heard of hip a problem presenting itself this early. I would assume and hope its soreness from hard playing. Keep us posted on what the vet says.
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    The bad breath is not normal. The tooth loss is for his age. The breath could mean an upset tummy, since he isn't eating. Our Sophie had an episode last week with her front foot. She didn't walk on it for 3 days. The first day I called the vet and couldn't get her in....by the second day I called 3 vets and they were booked. Our vet said if she got worse to take her to the emergency vet, but if she stayed the same or showed improvement to let them know. By the 3rd day she was limping less, by the 4th she was normal. I was really worried. Our vet called today checking on her, and I told them she was normal. They said no need to bring her in, just wait till her shots next month. I know how worried you are. Have you called your vet? I would call and have him seen, especially with the breath and lethargy. Sometime puppies will get lethargic if they are in pain. Please let me know what the vet says after you are seen tonight. I am crossing my fingers for you. Oh, and welcome to the forum!
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    Sounds like Panosteitis to me. Also called Pano or simply growing pains. Linky - Growing Pains | Growing Pains in Dogs | Canine Growing Pains Information
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    Thank you very much for all of the prompt responses!! All very helpful indeed, it is helpful to be going to the vet with some knowledge of what he may possibly diagnose I have had a read through that link aswell which was also informative. I will most certainly let you know how the visit to the vet goes.

    Here are a couple of photos of our precious boy Wallace

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    Wallace is a handsome boy! Love the pics! Where are you located? I'll be watching for your update after the vet appt.
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    Thankyou Your Sophie is also gorgeous!
    We are located on the Gold Coast in Australia.. Wallace absolutely loves the beach! Where abouts are you?

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    I am in Oregon in the USA! We have lots of members on this forum from Australia! New Zealand too!
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    I agree that it sounds like Pano...the shifting lameness is a classic sign.
    My girl Java was diagnosed with pano at 5 months old. We switched her to adult food to slow her growth down.
    How much does Wallace weigh?

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    Ahh, awesome!
    So... We are home from the vets now. She was quite stumped as to what was wrong with him.. she's not sure on the bad breath & loss of appetite, he's teething but all his mouth is ok. The limps... She checked for pano & said that's more in the length of the bones but could still be a possibility, although when she felt & manipulated his elbows & hips he showed discomfort... She has given anti inflammatory tablets for nine days incase he is sore from his play dates. If no change by the end of those, off for xrays for dysplacia & a specialist I am y hoping that the tablets and strict rest will fix him up. He is 25kgs.. she also told us to cut his food back because he is abit too heavy.
    Did Java have limps in more than one leg at a time??

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