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Our dog limps when getting up after being quiet for a while. She will jump from couch and

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Our dog limps when getting up after being quiet for a while. She will jump from couch and then limp a few times before resuming normal gait. When we lift her down she will stretch and wait a bit before walking. She still goes up and down stairs and will stand on back legs when leaning against something. We took her to vet on mon. She didn't limp for vet, so it was difficult to see what we were talking about and exactly which back leg. Vet manipulated her back legs and seems to think its a soft tissue problem, gave pain pills and said to call after one week and we would try an anti-imflammatory if she wasn't doing better. She doesn't seem to be better and we have been carrying her up and down steps, etc. Should we be getting an xray for a confirmed diagnosis? She doesn't whine or yip in pain and really once she gets going you don't notice anything.
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  David Janssen replied 6 years ago.

Hello, and thanks for writing in.

With limping in general, there are a few main categories of problems causing it: a fractured bone, dislocated joint, or a soft tissue injury (strain, sprain, etc.) There are a few other possible causes, such as a bite wound after an injury, pinched nerve or herniated disc in the neck or back.

To answer your question...YES, I would highly recommend getting X-rays taken to get more information about the bones and joints, since there are some abnormalities that can't be felt on exam. So, the X-rays will certainly help. Then, more specific treatment can be started, depending on what is found.


I hope this helps.

Dr. Dave

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Do you think arthritis is a possiblity and what is the treatment ?
Expert:  David Janssen replied 6 years ago.
Yes, arthritis is possible in any limping situation, especially in a middle age to older pet. Treatment usually includes anti-inflammatory pain medication, joint supplements such as a glucosamine product, and special food such as Hill's J/D.

Dr. Dave
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