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This afternoon I had a play outside with our chocolate labrador named Fraser. He enjoys time out in the backyard and is a very active dog - I take him on a daily walk anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour and have a play with him out in the backyard whether it be with a frisbee or a tennis ball.

He is approx. 20 months old at the moment (will turn 2 at the end of May) and we were playing with the frisbee outside. I would throw it and then he would leap up to grab the frisbee in his mouth, after a few attempts he flew up to grab the frisbee and must have landed awkwardly as he was holding his right hind leg off the ground.

I immediately ran over to him to see what was wrong, I did not hear any noises when it happened nor did he seem to be in any discomfort (no whimpering or distress). We halted play right there and then and warmed down in the backyard just walking around. He seemed to be able to put weight onto his leg but has a slight limp.

I am rather worried at the moment as to what it might be, I do not know if it is muscular or he has perhaps sprained something. He is walking around inside the house at the moment and he seems to be fine to sit, drop, or lie down on the floor. I have noticed though that a limp is still there slightly and when he stops walking (such as when he is standing) that he hardly has his paw and pads touching the ground.

At the moment it is Sunday here in Australia, so unfortunately the Vet is not open, I shall ring first thing Monday morning and hope that I will be able to get in to see them. I shall keep you all posted on his progress I just cross my fingers that it is nothing very serious.

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser.
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg after playing fetch...

Rang my normal vet and luckily for me they had a recorded message and said that there was an animal emergency clinic not far from home that are open 24/7. I immediately rang them as Fraser still had the same limp and lameness in his right hind leg.

They had no other patients when I arrived so we were straight in to see a vet. She inspected him first and listened to his heart beat which was fine. She then inspected his right leg starting with the toes and working up from there.

The toes and ankle joint were both fine, Fraser showed some discomfort with his knee. Since he was still able to put weight on the leg she said that he may have sprained a cruciate ligament and to give him plenty of rest overnight - and if he was still lame in that leg to then see my normal vet for further action.

I asked whether it was advisable to have him in overnight for x-rays to see if there has been any further damage done (I was rather paranoid about hip dysplasia). The vet assured me that structurally, the knee still felt that it was together, and that if he has torn any ligaments that certain areas of the knee she would be able to move.

Since I have brought him home he has been relaxing and has been resting. He seems to be able to put a little more weight on his right leg as I type this update. I helped him up onto the couch when we first got home and when I took him to bed he showed no signs of not wanting to put weight onto his leg - he still has a minor limp but the discomfort does not seem to be there as much.

The vet administered Meloxicam (an aspirin type medication) and Buprenorphine (morphine/pain killer). She also mentioned that if he is still lame in the morning to not give him breakfast and make an appointment with the vet for tomorrow at the earliest.

Will keep you all informed on the progress of Fraser - I hope that he has not done any major damage to his knee and that some TLC (which he is getting plenty of) and some rest will be the best medicine of all...

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser.
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg after playing fetch... updated!

Be sure you don't let him do too much. Meloxicam can mask pain symptoms. You don't want him to tear anything worse than it is now. BTW, hopping off of furniture is one common way of damaging the cruciates. It you help him up, be sure to help him down too. I'll keep my fingers crossed that the injury is not serious. ;)
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg after playing fetch... updated!

rest him

really rest him - like for three days after you can see no limp (and he's off pain meds)

I actually try to avoid pain meds as I want to see what is going on with a limp and I want the dog to want to rest as well

so scary when they hurt though eh?

keep us posted and hang in there
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg after playing fetch... updated!

Thanks for your kind words... I have been helping him up and down from any furniture whether it be a couch or a bed - he seems hesitant to get up and down himself.

Overnight I had him in our bedroom, initially I put him to his own bed in the laundry, but he kept giving me a look that he wanted to be with me and my girlfriend. I gave in to that puppy eye look and had him on our bed through the night.

This morning I let him out to the toilet, hopefully things are starting to improve as he is putting more weight again on the leg, but there is still a limp that is evident. I will book him in to see a Vet later today to be on the safe side... I just hope that he can end up back to normal as he is such an active, playful and happy dog.

Naturally I am thinking the worst at the moment, thinking that he may have to have an operation on his knee to repair some ligaments. Just wish that I was able to turn back the time and that he did not sustain this injury as I can see at the moment he is not the same puppy and friend that we have been accustomed to.

Will keep you updated over the coming days about Fraser's progress.

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser.
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg after playing fetch... updated!

Well Fraser is still limping slightly so I made a booking with our local vet as the emergency centre suggested that if there was no improvement over 24 hours to take him in.

The vet looked at all the paperwork from the emergency centre and then felt around the knee and the stifle area. The patella (knee cap) had not moved and she could not find any evidence of movement in the knee which suggested that no ligaments have been torn through.

She then mentioned to put Fraser on some anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets (Prolet) and to have two each day one with a meal in the morning and the other at night. If there was no improvement after a week of much rest that it would be best to come back and they could look into it further with x-rays and ultrasounds.

Shall keep you all posted on his progress through the coming days. My fingers are crossed that he has not done any major damage - if he has done so, he will need a knee operation that will cost approx $3,500 AUD.

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser. :sick:
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg... update: seen the Vet

Been there, done that. Rookie had to have OCD surgery in his back hock area. Hopefully, it's nothing.
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg... update: seen the Vet

Unfortunatly it sounds like he tore his cruciate. Ask your vet for a referral to an orthopedic specialist and make an appointment. Depending on the severity of the tear you make be able to get away with strict rest (in my house that's outside on leash and in a crate or laying down on the ground inside) but most need surgery. FYI many orthopedic vets will tell you that frisbee keeps them in buisness. Cool to watch a dog do but actually incredibly dangerous. Good luck!
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg... update: seen the Vet

conrad said:
rest him

really rest him - like for three days after you can see no limp (and he's off pain meds)

I actually try to avoid pain meds as I want to see what is going on with a limp and I want the dog to want to rest as well

so scary when they hurt though eh?

keep us posted and hang in there
That's what we did with Jes. He started limping one day, it was right after we had some freezing rain so I figured it was caused by slipping on the ice. The vet couldn't do a drawer sign test because he was too nervous and tightened up every muscle in his leg once they got him up on the table.

He opted not to put him under just to do the test and said to do strict rest for 3-5 days and see how that does. I asked about aspirin or something to dull the pain, but he wanted him to feel the pain so he'd not be tempted to run and jump.

After about 3 days he was back to normal. I rested him a bit longer just to be safe. I'm guessing it was a very mild tear (sprain) or possibly a muscle strain.
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg... update: Day 2

We took Fraser over to my parents house as we wanted to keep an eye on him in the evening. I lifted him in and out of the car and carefully helped him up a small step into the house. He seemed to be walking a little better and I did not notice as much of a limp in his hind leg.

He stayed on his matt for most of the night but was more than capable of getting himself up to casually walk around and say hello to all of us. I also gave him his first Prolet tablet with his dinner later in the night. Fraser is slowly getting back his energy and is casually walking around - I am not allowing him to run or jump up onto any furniture or to play with any toys that will encourage him to be active.

Once I arrived home I found some old concrete garden pavers (approx. 60cm/23" in size) and placed them on the exit of his doggy door as he now has a level surface in which to walk in and out of during the day. I headed off to work this morning and he was on my mind for most of the day.

Arrived home around 2pm to find him in his room (laundry) and he does not seem to have hardly any limping today from what I can tell. He is still not fully putting his weight on that leg either, but as far as being able to walk normally he seems to be able to do that. I took him for a brief walk outside (approx 10-15 metres) and he went to cock his right leg (this is the leg with the injury) but quickly brought it down again.

On the way back to home he cocked his left leg but it seemed that his right could not handle the weight at the time and quickly his left leg was back down on the ground again. So far I am a little optimistic that the ligament is not fully torn and hopeful that he has only sprained the ligaments in question.

I have also been reading up on TPLO surgery and the process involved and also the hours of rehabilitation that are required as well. I hope that Fraser does not need to go down this path - but if he does luckily I have the credit available on the Visa card or can look into the redraw facility we have on our mortgage.

Thanks for reading and feel free to reply - as stated in previous posts I'll keep you updated!
 

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Re: limping on right hind leg... update: Day 3

Well it is Day 3 and Fraser is still showing good progress. He is walking around normally and seems to be a little mroe playful as he is going on his back requesting a belly rub! I am still careful to make sure that he does not use his hind leg that much.

As per yesterday I took him out for a quick walk along the footpath, he was walking fine without any limp but I noticed after approx. 5-7 metres he started to get a little shake happening in the lower part of his leg. He does not seem to mind me lightly touching the area around the knee either which is hopefully a good sign.

Have also noticed at times that he is still not placing his full weight on the leg, but other times when he is standing he is able to distribute his weight evenly on both hind legs. I have also booked Fraser in to see a bowen therapist on Friday to see if there is anything they can do - or offer opinion on his current condition.

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser.
 

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I hope Fraser is ok. Good thoughts for your boy!

I bet this heat is knocking him around too. I hope he hasn't done any major damage.
 

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Well it is Day 3 and Fraser is still showing good progress. He is walking around normally and seems to be a little mroe playful as he is going on his back requesting a belly rub! I am still careful to make sure that he does not use his hind leg that much.

As per yesterday I took him out for a quick walk along the footpath, he was walking fine without any limp but I noticed after approx. 5-7 metres he started to get a little shake happening in the lower part of his leg. He does not seem to mind me lightly touching the area around the knee either which is hopefully a good sign.

Have also noticed at times that he is still not placing his full weight on the leg, but other times when he is standing he is able to distribute his weight evenly on both hind legs. I have also booked Fraser in to see a bowen therapist on Friday to see if there is anything they can do - or offer opinion on his current condition.

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser.
Why are you taking him out for a walk? He needs to be out to potty in the yard only and then back to resting the leg in the house. He'll push for more activity if he is feeling a little better (due to improvement or the pain meds masking his pain) but he really should not be allowed more activity until he is greatly improved . You risk exacerbating the existing injury.

If he were my dog, I would have him crated most of the day until he had time to really heal.
 

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REST

no activity - out to potty - back in- either tethered or crated to control activity
helped up on furniture and off ..

REST
 

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I'm pleased to report that I have been giving Fraser more rest over Thursday and Friday and it seems to be paying off as he is able to bear more weight on his right hind leg and is walking normally with no limp in sight and also able to bear weight evenly when standing.

Today I took him to a bowen therapist to see whether he had done any major damage to the knee or any part of his hind legs. Christian - the therapist - gave him a good looking over and said that his knee was in good condition and that he could not see any signs of lameness. I mentioned to him what has happened over the past few days and he recommended plenty of rest.

He also told me to go to a health food shop and purchase tissue salt tablets (ferrum phosphate) for anti-inflammatory use and also some Arnica spray for any bruising and sprains that may occur in the future. Since I have had Fraser home he has been a lot more confident on his leg but I am still cautious to not give him a lot of freedom to test it out just yet.

We see the vet again on Monday - so hopefully all will be good when it comes to the ligaments in the knee and Fraser will be free to go on walks again over the coming weeks.

Regards, Shaun (sticks1977) and Fraser.
 
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