I am worried sick so my 9 yrs old black Lab Bogi has been limping with his right foot for 6 weeks now some days better others worse. so I took him in to vet since she thought it might be arthritis and she did xrays. didn't find arthritis but this weird thing on his front shoulder joint she is concerned about but she said she doesn't know what it could be and send it off to a radiologist now that will take a week to get back she said she DOESNT think its bone cancer it normally looks different but cant figure out what it could be due to the location. UGGGH I am worried sick all day. and will be until I know more have you ever seen anything like this? she doesn't even know if this is WHAT is causing his limping either but all other xrays of his right front leg showed zero signs of arthritis or anything else. She said she didn't see arthritis on the xray and isn't sure if this small spot on the xray pic is actually causing his limping. the only other thing he has is an egg size fatty tumor on his front chest but she doesn't think that is the cause for the limp at all. What else could cause this???? how do I upload a pic?
Poor baby! I hope you get an answer soon, I know how much stress and worry something like this can cause. I had a Lab a few years ago that had a fatty tumor in his armpit area that did cause his gait to change. I can't say he was really limping badly, but you could definitely see that his walk was different. It grew pretty fast and we had it removed fairly soon after we noticed it affecting his walk. If your dog needs a dental or any other routine surgery, maybe they could remove the fatty tumor then.
Good luck, and keep us posted!
~Janet. Mom of Jello and Seamus~
Did the vet do a Lyme Disease snap test? When palpating the leg does the dog flinch with pain when you touch a specific area? Did you check between the pads and claws? Could just be a soft tissue injury and time will tell. I'm sorry Bogi isn't feeling so well =(
Hi thank you for your message and I'm sorry for the stress you are experiencing with the lameness Bogi is experiencing. As mentioned prior I would ask about an idexx Lyme snap test to be done and that is done while you wait. Lameness is oe symptom of Lyme disease in dogs. Possible soft tissue injury may not show on X-ray but palpating would possibly show signs. Even with X-rays elbow displaysia can be over-looked. Did your vet provide you with a pain management protocol while you await results? The best you can do right now is wait for radiology results keeping Bogi as comfortable as possible. As long as he wags his tail and doesn't appear t be in constant pain and he is resting comfortably and eating and drinking he will be okay waiting on results...but if it comes back negative i would suggest the testing for Lyme disease and if that is negative consult with orthopedic specialist.
I can't for the life of me think what the X-ray image would be because it appears to be so perfectly round in shape. Please keep me posted. Thinking of you and Bogi Boo!
Please keep in mind I'm not a veterinarian and the suggestions I make are based on how I would personally handle the situation you described and my experience in the animal health field.
thanks much and of course I wasn't looking for "medical advice" I know this forum can not substitute for consulting my vet but I appreciate feedback and experience from other lab owners that's all maybe someone somewhere had similar issues. thing is I don't think lime disease is much present here in our area. my daughter has been bit by ticks several times and her pediatricians NEVER want to test for lime disease because its so not common here.
I wonder if its truly arthritis BECAUSE maybe it doesn't show up on film yet when he first gets up the limp is really bad when I take him for a walk he seems almost better or not to be limping as bad strangely??? I checked his paws his leg everything he doesn't cry if I touch anything the vet seemed to think he pulled abit away from her when she messed with his shoulder area where she thinks that spot is. she thinks it could be something on his muscle I cant remember the name she used for it. I thought too that it was soo odd that it had such a perfect almost round shape I found it rather strange
I had a similar incident with my 7 year old chocolate lab..Flag. Just one day out of the blue he became lame and was limping it was most notably the right hind leg and Im thinking..oh boy...could it be a torn cruciate? Anyway take him to my regular vet that does an xray and he concurs saying yes torn cruciate...well I then took him to the orthopedic specialist that would do the surgery for a consult and after gait observation and me telling him that sometimes it is the other legs that presents lameness and more xrays he told me it was not a cruciate tear at all but if I were to look at the lower joints the tarsus and hock area I could see that 3 of his four legs in that same area seemed a little swollen and hard. Turns out he has Rheumatoid Arthritis..poor guy. So now it's just pain management and swimming and rehab as much as possible for him.
Well I look forward to hearing from you and how Bogi is fairing. I'm hoping it's just a mild shoulder injury that will clear up shortly. =]
ok well JUST heard back from vet he did consult with Radiologist and looks like it is tendenitis or some sort of growth on his tenden thingie.(shoulder ligament is what I also remember).. sorry I was so upset I could only remember have but long term solution they suggested is scope surgery? not sure what that is. I just called Blue Pearl Vet Specialist in Tampa to schedule a consultation with a surgeon for next Tuesday. They also found something suspicious in one of his toe's that looks like a cyst they don't think its bone cancer but want me to discuss further with surgeon. if he suggests to be safe and ambutate toe???? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I was thinking.... so either way I should know more Tuesday. THe surgeon I picked has much experiences in oncology as well so I thought that would be a plus. Anything anyone can add? Any ones dog ever have this tendenitis thing?THanks much in advance.
I'd get an ortho vet consult before I did any surgery.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
My yellow lab get interdigital cysts often and he also is prone to allergies between the cysts and his ears. There are many alternatives to surgery for tendinitis or shoulder problems. I do believe Blue Pearl have a rehabilative program and I would inquire about what modalities are used in rehab. If you are in the Tampa area I would not only consult with an orthopedic but a certified rehab specialist you would be amazed at what rehab can do in place of invasive surgery even scope surgery.
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so how do I find a Ortho Vet in Tampa?
and @Silktap I looked but there doesn't seem to be one of these VersaTron4Paws in Tampa so how do I also find a certified rehab specialist.
gosh I didn't know I had these options my vet said to talk to a surgeon I thought that he was an ortho doc but I guess not
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH so how can they make this thing go away without surgery?