I'm sure in some way this has been asked and answered a few times on here but I am at a loss...
My Chocolate Lab (Bear) is 5 months old and recently developed a limp in his front left leg. The vet said he suffered a trauma injury to his shoulder where he chipped a bone and it nicked some cartilage. The vet wants me to limit him from running, jumping, climbing stairs, running through deep snow (that's his favorite)...basically everything he loves to do. I also have a 3 year old Yorkie that he loves to chase and play with all day and night. My question is what are some of the best ways to keep him calm (again very active 5 month old) so his injury can heal without the aid of surgery, short of keeping him locked up in his crate day and night.
thanks in advance for your help
p.s. His limp seems worse after being confined to the kennel for more than an hour or so and seems to get better after he moves around a little, but I'm afraid the more moving he does on it the more damage he will do.
limit him for how long?
if that's his answer, and it's forever, i'd try and ortho vet .
Keep him on leash (at all times outside, as needed inside). Crate when you cannot supervise to make sure he isn't jumping.
Do you know when the trauma occurred?
How big is the crate? I would get as big a crate as possible to ensure he can fully extend his legs when laying down.
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Did the vet take x-rays?
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He started limping about 2 weeks ago, at first it was off and on and progressively got worse. I took him into the vet 3 days ago and he took x-rays. He said it looked like he may of chipped a small part of his shoulder bone and nicked cartilage. He gave him a mild pain killer and anti-inflammatory and some pills to lubricate his joints he is supposed to take daily. I'm supposed to go in for another x-ray in a month.
His crate is big enough for him to stand, turn around, and fully extend when laying down. He does well in his kennel when I'm at work or sleeping, but he gets pretty restless when I'm up and at home. He see's my Yorkie out walking around and wants to play. So it's pretty hard to keep him from tearing his kennel apart at times.
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