Hi Everyone, I posted yesterday but I is not showing up.
I have a 4 year old English lab. He has been limping off and on for about 6 months. When I took him to the vet they ran tests for valley fever and also x-rays. I don't have the results of the test yet. But the vet thinks it could be a form of arthritis. However his limping moves to different legs within a 24 hour period and will suddenly disappear for weeks.
Are any other lab owners aware of what this might be? (The vet was unsure at this time)
If you suspect arthritis, he'll need to be xrayed.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
He was given 3 x-rays yesterday, all three did not really conclude anything other than slight swelling on one foot. The vet even sent it to another lab for opinion and they were not sure either what was up.
My Shadow pulled a muscle in her chest/shoulder while catching Frisbees and that soft tissue damage cause her to limp. We had to rest her for 8 weeks, no running or catching anything, until the muscle healed.
Limping that shifts from one leg to another and comes and goes can be lyme. Did the vet do a 4 way snap? If not I would get it done. Lyme is easily treated if caught in time.
Thank you so much Patty. No the vet didn't do a 4 way snap, he didn't even mention Lyme. I am calling him first thing in the morning. Again thank you so very much!!!!!!
Is Lyme prevalent where you live?
I don't know where you live BUT, if you're within comfortable driving range
of a college or school of veterinary medicine, I'd take your Lab there (or ask
your vet to refer you). [Many colleges/school of VM allow pet owners to
self-refer while some accept only those referred by a veterinarian.]
I took my previous Lab, Bess, to K-State's Small Animal Clinic in their
CollVetMed for her last 7 years and appreciated it so much that I've taken
Puff there for all of her 12+ years. IMO, they're less expensive than most
of the vets in Topeka PLUS they also have the latest diagnostic equipment
and extremely well-qualified specialists. Few things are more expensive
than a missed or wrong diagnosis and a similar treatment.
I'll ETA a list of the North American schools/colleges of veterinary medicine:
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":