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    Defaultmy 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    My pup storm has been limpimg for a few weeks now and for a while i couldn't determine which front leg it was that was lame. it appears to be his front right leg. it's not a bad limp and he doesn't limp all the time. he runs and plays with no pain at all or so it seems. he limps mostly when he is walking slow or when he is in a trot. when he first wakes up it seems more pronounced as well.
    i've squeezed and pryed and poked all over his legs to try and pinpoint the pain but i can't find it. i intially thought the problem was that his nails needed to be clipped and that was causing his limp because i've been determined to clip his nails my self but he is a black lab and it is so hard to tell where the quick is and i'm afraid i will cut too much off.
    i thoght maybe his dew claw got caught up in a area rug that we have in our house.. we have carpet in one room and then the next room is wood floors with area rugs and then the next room is the kitchen which goes up 2 inches. i've seen the pup get caught up under an area rug when he runs through the house like a nut . or he slides on the wood floor or the kitchen floor into the wall. he likes to play fetch in the house which i am guilty of being a part of and i think may have caused his limp.
    then there is the possible non-injury reasons for a limp. e.g.- pano, hip or elbow dysplasia, or lyme disease. i've done a search on the forum and everyone suggests to see an ortho-vet. i'm gonna try to treat him with some enforced rest for 2 weeks first and see what happens before i decide on seeing an ortho vet because money is really tight in my household currently and he doesn't appear to be in pain or to be sick at all. he has a great appetite and he goes to the bathroom regulary. it will be tough enforcing rest and not taking him on walks. he loves to go on walks limp or no limp.
    one thing i noticed is that it looks like his hind legs are longer than his front legs. he has to have his hind legs wider apart in order to stand straight with out having his butt stick up. is it normal for a growing pup to have his hind legs growing faster than his front.
    i'm also gonna start to make the switch to adult food to try and slow his growth rate if that is at all possible.
    does anyone have any ideas besides ortho-vet or enforced rest?

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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    Well, take it from me...my 7 month old has been lame for 3 months in his left back leg...and I went to my regular vet who put him on anti-inflamatories and strict crate rest. After a week it was no worse, but not better.

    After 3 months of lameness and loss of muscle tone in that leg he has to havve surgery for an OCD lesion in his hock. He never seemed to be in pain either...he just wouldn't put his weight on that leg and would sometimes lift it up. He always wants to play with my other dog, he's a big wiggle butt, and I can take him swimming as a way for good exercise. The only time he's ever shown pain is when the vet's manipulated his hock.

    I understand you on the money situation, and I can't tell you what to do...but I would recommend at least going to your regular vet first to let them examine your dog.

    I ended up going to three different ORTHO vets after my vet referred me when there was no change in his limping, just to get an agreement on a diagnosis. This Friday, Rookie is going to have to have surgery.

    My advice is to not wait and possibly hurt your boy further. In the long run, it could save you money if your dog has to have surgery. Don't wait.
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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    Your dog really needs to see a vet ASAP. If he does have OCD or elbow dysplasia you are going to do more damage by waiting. I understand that money is tight, but you took on the responsibility of owning a dog and part of that responsibility is making sure that your dog gets the health care it needs.

    Also, you say that your dog is not in pain but I disagree. The reason dogs limp is because they are painful. If he were not painful he would have no limp.

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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    I agree with getting your pup to your regular vet to at least check for Pano or Lyme.

    Good luck. Prayers it is just Pano which he will outgrow.

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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    i can't stand those people on here that claim that if you took the responsibility to own a dog that you have also taken on the responsibility to take the dog to the vet ASAP for every little thing under the sun. since i can't afford to take the dog to the vet ASAP for something that the vet will almost certainly tell me to give the dog rest intially anyway, should i just drop the dog off at the SPCA and give up??. not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of dollars i have already spent on vet visits for mostly routine stuff in the past 4 months.
    i've done alot of research and i'm positive that enforcing rest for the next 2 weeks to see if the limp clears up will not cause any harm to my pup. he is not suffering at all. the limp is barely noticeable. i have to point it out to somebody who isn't aware the he has a limp. i mean really point it out.
    besides possibly getting some anti-flammatory meds from the vet. i would be paying to have the vet tell me something i already know.
    if i thought the dog was in the slightest bit of danger or suffering, i would take him in to be seen. and i get it that there wouldn't be a limp if there wasn't some pain. you limp to avoid the pain.
    should i get a dog psychic to come out and communicate with dog so i know exactly how much discomfort i am forcing him to deal with by enforcing rest?? or should i call up Michael Vick and ask him for advice?

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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    Black Storm Dog,

    Calm down, we are not all from the same economic situation, nor do we all prioritize the same way. The opinions that you get here are usually biased towards whatever is best for the dog. People mean nothing but good thoughts and express opinions that generally are meant to be helpful. Have you been to the Kelrobin site, Labby's? She has great information on a lot of things, included homebrew treatments and medications.

    Regarding your position on no pain, but you can still detect a limp. Have you ever limped in your life? I suspect the answer is yes. Why did you limp, because you felt good? I doubt it. The limping motion eased some kind of discomfort, pain, whatever you want too call it. I think that was the point trying to be made.

    Every Lab is not the perfect specimen. I have learned more than I ever wanted to know over the past 6 months. Labs have issues, genetic, illness, injury brought about on themselves because of their energy and willingness to withstand pain, blah! blah! blah!. These folks with more experience than I, may have something i mind that should be checked out by a professional.
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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    Why did you ask for opinions if you aren't going to care what people say? I came at you from my own experience that started out exactly how you are describing as a slight barely noticeable limp in my own puppy to a point where it has become very noticeable and requiring surgery. And yes, we all have had to pay for routine vet costs...I have two dogs so I have to pay more for routine stuff which has racked up...but I am still going to come up with the money to make my puppy better.

    Again, I would recommend seeing your vet irregardless. They can manipulate the leg and perhaps feel something that you don't have the knowledge to find.

    Just my two cents.
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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    People are giving you opinions and recommendations to see the vet for the sake of your pup and coming back with a nasty response is not appreciated by anyone.

    Your pup could have Lyme and it should not be left untreated. The sooner it is caught the better the dog will take to treatment and less chance of long term problems.

    Believe me I know about money issues and vet bills too. I have a surgery bill of $7,000. plus that I am paying off. But I still monitor my dogs bloodwork every 4-6 weeks to the tune of $80 - $100. each time and I put it on my credit card for the health and sake of my dog. I will go without something for myself if I have to, and believe me I do.



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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    If you can stand one more story, I had the experience 2 years ago w/ a very subtle "looking" injury with Fuji. She was limping ever so lightly-- only detectable if you know how nice her gate normally is. Every now and then, though, she'd "yipe" for NO apparent reason. My vet thankfully is a lab breeder/conformation/obed person, so took us out to the parking lot where I could gate Fuji for her. We ended up determining that she had a neck injury. Tried all the conventional stuff (xrays which showed nothing, crate rest, rimadyl) for 2 mos or more to the tune of ~$500. Finally, my vet suggested an MRI (at which point, I'm seeing another $1000 bill out the window for a long shot dx). I asked her about holistic/alternative vets and she happily referred me to a vet ~90 miles away. Ends up Fuji's entire neck was subluxated and out of allignment due to a whiplash type injury, most likely sustained in horseplay/butt tucking here. Chiropractic adjustments resulted in instant relief-- I had my dog back. But, by that time, the muscles were so stretched and damaged, had no "memory" left so the chiro adjustments weren't holding. We had to finally resort to prolotherapy injections to sclarify the muscles, toughen them back up so her neck could hold in proper place again. So by the time we were all done, I had at least $1500 into her treatment, not counting all the tanks of gas I burned and time I took off work. Probably the same had I gone to WSU and let them cut on her, but at least we didn't have to do that. Today, nearly 2 yrs later, her neck is still holding just fine. We did have a set back over the weekend though, and when I heard that telltale "yipe" 2x, the last being on landing over a jump where I also noticed she lifted a front leg briefly before proceeding on w/ the exercise, I knew to be on the phone asap Mon am. She also had been running w/ her head down more like a coyote... Dr Chuck saw her today and she was out behind her shoulders pretty bad, but he was pretty confident she'd be fine to compete this weekend. Had I waited, it would have resulted in a much more serious problem and higher cost but I was able to take care of it for ~$100 plus the gas. Now her sister Jazz seems to have whacked a toe! : Of course, she was entered this weekend also. There goes those entries and possibly another vet visit if she's not doing better by tomorrow. We haven't ruled out that she stepped on something very sharp (goat head, thorn, whatever) yet either. Sometimes the Visa card just needs to be used, unfortunately. And I do sympathize.. .I'm single, self employed and really don't have alot of $ to burn either. -Anne

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    DefaultRe: my 6 1 /2 month old pup has been limping for a few weeks now??

    Even though it bothers me the way your responded to people trying to help, I'll second what they said about taking your dog to a vet and better yet to an ortho specialist. My pup started limping intermittently when he was around 6 months old. His regular vet recommended rest and anti-inflamatories. The lameness did not go away and I had a radiologist look at the x-rays. My pup was then diagnosed with Grade II elbow dysplasia.

    He had chips/bone fragments in his elbows grinding away his cartilage the whole time he was on so-called rest. How I wish now that I have taken him immediately to the ortho vet instead of taking our chances with a general practice vet. Precious time was lost and damage was done. His ortho vet was very nice and worked out a payment plan with us. My pup's surgery was $2,500 and I did not have that kind of money laying around. But I was willing to do whatever it took to get him diagnosed and get him better. I hope that you'll do the right thing for your pup and take him to a vet instead of self-diagnosing him.

    BTW, it was really hard for me to see lameness in my pup because my eyes were not trained. Especially with bilateral problems where both sides hurt, the dog cannot really compensate, so the lameness is not as apparent as when only one side is impacted. If you cannot/do not want to take care of this pup, return him to the breeder.

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