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Unread 01-12-2009, 07:32 PM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone can tell me some common elbow injuries sustained to the front legs, being a possible flare up of an old injury. We just recently got a 3 yo terrier mix, and she isn't putting pressure on her front right leg. She is going to the vet in the morning when I go into work at the kennel, but I'm trying to get an idea of what it might be.

She has shown us a fake limp for attention (2 and 3 days ago on a back leg) and I think she may have injured her front leg doing so. She is generally an active dog outside, so we've been keeping her in for today and last night when the limping started. I made a call to my vet earlier today, so she'll get looked at tomorrow in between surgeries, while I'm working at the kennel.

She is always supervised outside, and did not fall down. I did not see her twist anything while hiking through our back woods, but there are rock's and fallen branches under snow. I am certain that I had her in sight at all times though, since i allow her to roam in our back woods without a leash, and she stays within sight and I correct her if she gets more then 15 ft away. (we have coyotes and fisher cats so its important to keep her in sight)

She has a shady past. we believe she was abused at some point and she was crated for an extended period of time (they couldn't tell me if she was house trained or not-she was, so i doubt they ever let her out) She is fearful of most people, all people on some level. So when her limping on her back leg occurred I assumed it was an old injury and she had run too fast, and pulled it because she still was using it off and on. I checked for where her discomfort was and she showed no signs of pain. Food distraction brought it to my attention that she was doing this FOR attention. Common in unstable dogs, especially those with abandonment fears.

However this front limping soon lead to her holding it up constantly today. She showed discomfort when I bent her elbow, by a soft whimper and ears back. She does have some sort of pain in her leg, I'm just trying to figure out what it could be before I get to bring her in, and what might make her more comfortable.

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Just thought I'd let everyone know that Jasmine is doing wonderfully. She was prescribed Deramaxx an anti-inflammatory, in the thought that she probably just tweeked it. The vet said that if the gimpy-ness didn't go away it could be Lyme. She stopped limping by the end of the night that she got her first dose. So i'm going to be weening her off of it to make sure the limping doesn't come back, and if it does we'll know to get a lyme test done.

Lyme is treated with anti-biotic's, BUT is not always found in the test's. I'm positive that the limp was 75% her faking, but that she more then likely jumped off the bed (where she knows she's not supposed to sleep) when she heard us come home. If the limping does come back does anyone know about treating lyme without a possitive test result? I know anti-biotic's can somewhat surpress the immune, but is there any other side effects? Because of the area we live in it wouldn't surprise me if she did have lyme. She has been tested before when we got her, about 2 month's ago, so even if she managed to get it when we got her it probably wouldn't show up for another few month's.

I'm going to go ahead and assume she is fine while keeping an eye on her, since she seemed like a little kid complaining to stay home from school. STILL, I hope its not lyme.


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I'm glad to hear Jasimine is doing better. My dog has been treated with deramaxx (deracoxib) very successfully and I'm weaning her off of it as well. You don't mention how long your vet has prescribed it for her but, being as it is an nsaid, if it's for an extended time, it would be wise to have blood tests done every six months just to make sure all is well with her liver, kidneys, and GI tract as well as keeping a vigilant eye for the more common adverse reactions. Good thoughts for Jasmine :-)
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Super cool honey, I was going to just mention Lyme getting on here. I had left a man adopt or kinda keep a female for me and he took her alot to his moms 200 acrea farm. She started this limping now and then, I said: Rick why is Sally limping now, he said, Oh she was running hard over the weekend. I did not see her every week of course and he kept her in great condition until she was ready to breed.

Well, she had two breedings, second litter she had gotten pyametria and had to be spayed immediately and I bottle fed six pups and they survived nicely and got large and sweet all sold. I then left friends adopt her for good with one of her sons they bought, she limped, they took her to vet and WALLA, she had Lyme disease. was treated and fine now leading a retirement life of fun and no pain. So, your dog will be good, give it some time, better than pulled ligaments in the legs. The best to you and your pet.
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I'm glad to hear Jasimine is doing better. My dog has been treated with deramaxx (deracoxib) very successfully and I'm weaning her off of it as well. You don't mention how long your vet has prescribed it for her but, being as it is an nsaid, if it's for an extended time, it would be wise to have blood tests done every six months just to make sure all is well with her liver, kidneys, and GI tract as well as keeping a vigilant eye for the more common adverse reactions. Good thoughts for Jasmine :-)

She is on 1/2 25 mg tab 1 time a day. Since I work at the vet I got to speak with her today. I told her I'd be weaning her down to 1/4 tab and see how she does. The vet had no problem with that, but suggested I wait until saturday to stop medicating her, and keep the rest of the prescription if it happens again, since she would have some continuous limping/switching of legs if it was lyme. So it'll only be 5 days she is medicated, and it wont be as much as it inisailly was going to be. She's been fine since I lowered her dose, no limping what soever, so I'm thinking it was mostly her faking for whatever reason. =( poor puppy is still so unsure of everything still. I can't even begin to know what happened to her before she came to be with us.

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Hi PPFC - I was reluctant to answer your first post as I was not sure what to say. I had a serial on and off limper for a few years. Between paw injuries, inflamed joints and yes - faking it - my Zircon kept me guessing as to why he would hold up a paw or avoid putting weight on a particular leg.

The inflamed joint turned out to be the trickiest one to diagnose. We finally got it after x-rays and having the vet carefully massage all of his joints as he was lying down. Zircon seemed to be njoying it until she found the "spot." Then he was on his feet.

The cure was Rymadil and leash walking for two weeks. The cause I believe was him overdoing it when goign after squirrels. He's older and mellower now so it doesn't crop up as much, but I'll suggest that it might be a simple inflamed joint.
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