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    Lil Man Jake is offline Senior Member
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    DefaultJake has hurt his leg/paw.

    Well, Lil Man has somehow hurt his leg or paw.
    This started Saturday or Sunday. He was real restless, couldn't get comfortable.
    He climbs on the bed and lays on my head, all 60 pounds of him, ouch.
    He comes to mommy when he's hurt and why he feels to lay on my head will help, I
    don't know.
    At first, his restlessness made me think obstruction, bloat, he is a Lab.
    But, his stomach looked normal, not distended or anything poking out, no vomiting, still eating normal. He plays with rocks, chews sticks, grabs whatever falls on the ground.
    Well, he went to vet last Saturday for what come to find out was yeast infections
    in his ears.
    That has been an experience in itself. The first time no problem, after that it was a fight to
    the death!
    We would wait til he was asleep and sneak the drops in, hee hee.
    I noticed he seemed like he was limping, thought maybe he got another one of those darn thorns that we have in our yard in his paw, but couldn't see or feel anything. Now today after another very restless night and I'm going on almost 4 days with little sleep, he is holding it up, can barely put weight on it.
    Now, he does do what I call football sprints, he runs like a maniac back and forth thru the house, uses the wall and couch for a launch pad and I'm wondering if maybe the last time he did that, he hurt himself? I don't know, but off to the vet today, we have 2 so which ever one can get him in.
    I hate seeing my baby this way, he is so sad, those eyes!Attachment 5941.

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    Front leg or back leg?
    If it's a back leg, uh oh.......

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    Well, just got back from the vet.
    He diagnosed him with Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy.
    My baby is growing too fast!
    I even read how it was important to just start them on regular adult food, not puppy.
    I even got a higher quality of food.
    Guess sometimes better isn't always better.
    So hopefully, by putting him on a lower quality of food he will "grow" out of this.
    I don't give him extra vitamins or minerals, especially not proteins.
    I had him on Nutrisource Adult.
    Doc suggested Purina One Lamb and Rice, so that's what he'll get at least for a year or two.
    I just gave him his "drugs", good ol rimadyl, so hopefully he can finally rest some, it's been a long
    few days for both of us.
    We just ask for good thoughts for Lil Man Jake.

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    Giving him 500 mg of Vit. C can also help.
    My girl Java was diagnosed with pano (growing pains) when she was 5 months old/55 lbs. Switched her to adult food and gave her Vit. C. It resolves on it's own.

    You never did answer-front or back leg?
    Did the vet confirm diagnosis with x-rays?
    Does the limp shift to different legs or same leg all the time?

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    Sorry, it's his front right leg.
    Yes, I saw the X-Ray.
    Right now, it is only his right front. He said it could just be this leg or it could happen to all.
    I could see the x-ray, it was his "wrist". There was some swelling (fluid) also.
    I read something about the vitamin C. Are you sure I should just start giving it to him?
    Jake is almost 8 months, around 65 pounds.
    I never had him on "puppy" food, I read about them growing too fast and that too much protein,
    is not a good thing. So I just had him on Nutrisource adult.
    I gave him a Rimadyl about 30 minutes ago, he is resting much better right now

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    Vit. C is a natural anti-inflammatory.
    I give the human grade Vit. C from Rite-Aid.
    I give it to both of my girls.
    Java has ortho issues so she gets 1000 mg per day. Moka has no ortho issues so she gets 500 mg a day.

    You can give your vet a call to run it by him if you'd like, many people give Vit. C to their dogs.
    BTW-I just toss the pill in with their food.

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    Thanks, I have to go to Wally World tonite to get him "crappier" food, lol so I will pick up some Vit C. I guess it can't hurt, right? I'm so glad I found this forum, I love talking with people that know what they are talking about
    Jake is the first FULL Lab I have owned(won't be the last, either) I appreciate the advice.

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    I wouldn't put him on a crappier food from WalMart.
    What are you feeding him?

    ProPlan is highly recommended by many top lab breeders for their pups.
    My girls both get high quality grain free foods...but I don't recommend grain free foods for dogs under a year old.
    My girls were fed Eukanuba when they were pups.

    Take a look at ProPlan or California Natural. Both are great foods...much better than Purina One.

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    Did he say why Purina ONE? Pro Plan has fewer fillers than ONE.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    OHHHHH NOOOOO,
    I don't mean Ol' Roy!!!
    I'm going to get Purina One, lamb & rice, that's what my vet suggested.
    He doesn't want him on a high protein food! He's growing too fast and he certainly
    doesn't need more protein. I think that's why he suggested a lamb and rice. I'll look at Pro Plan, I know
    that's a pretty good food too.
    I have him and my girl on Nutrisource, it's a good food.
    I'm going to hold off on the Vitamin C.
    I have been doing some research, and not so sure about doing it especially after reading this on several different sites.

    Vitamin C deficiency has also been suspected as a possible cause because dogs with HOD show very similar symptoms and bony changes to people with scurvy. In addition, dogs with HOD often have lowered blood levels of vitamin C. However, dogs synthesize their own vitamin C and do not have a nutritional requirement for this vitamin. Supplementation with Vitamin C is contraindicated due to increased calcium levels in the blood, which may worsen the condition. In addition, studies have not proven that feeding affected dogs high doses of vitamin C alters or cures the disease. It is possible that low blood levels of vitamin C are a result of the disease, not the cause.

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