How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Dan M. Your Own Question

Dr. Dan M.
Dr. Dan M., Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1458
Experience:  Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
23462335
Type Your Dog Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Dan M. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I have a 4 and half month old Golden Retriever from the Philippines,

Resolved Question:

I have a 4 and half month old Golden Retriever from the Philippines, she came to me around 3 months old with a limp but the vet couldn't determine what it was and thought it could be her hips. About 2 weeks after arriving I noticed that there was a lot of swelling between one of her toes on her left rear foot. The vet couldn't see any type of wound so put her on anti-inflammatories. 4 weeks later the swelling has mostly gone but the limp is still there a little and her foot is slightly pointed outwards as she runs.

Her hips and energy seem fine so the vet is going to take some x-rays to see if she can find a foreign object then try and remove it. If she can't see anything on the x-ray she'll cut the dogs foot open to try and find the problem.

This problem has been going on for sometime, she doesn't seem to be in pain but I'm sure it can't be helping her joints.

If I can avoid it I'd rather not have cut her open, do you have any ideas of what it could be?

Thanks, Jamie
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Dan M. replied 10 months ago.
Hello,

I hope I can help with your question and do message me if you have any queries regarding my answer/advice.

I am sorry Charlie is lame.

It is possible that there are two problems going on one causing the persistent lameness and one which has caused an acute swelling in the foot.

To examine long term lameness and altered limb position it is sensible to perform x rays and examine the limb under anaesthesia. This will allow a full orthopaedic examination of the limbs and joints. It is important to rule out cruciate disease which is where the ligaments supporting the knee joint weaken or ultimately snap. If this area is OK then x rays of the pelvis will help identify any abnormalities in hip joint development (dysplasia). The severity of the dysplasia will determine whether surgery is a viable option or more likely long term anti inflammatory, joint supplement and physiotherapy/weight management will be needed.

At the same time the now smaller foot swelling can be examined. Foreign bodies are common in between the toes and usually if still present resurface quickly especially if antibiotics have been used. The surgery to explore these lumps is very minor and leaves a small superficially wound. If there is no overt evidence of a foreign body and so exploration is not thought appropriate, the limp can be removed or sampled so that a pathologist can identify the type of reaction that is occurring (resolving inflammation or if there is a local mass/tumour) again this should be straightforward.

So I think the priority is to determine the lameness using x rays and palpation and at the same time the lump can be assessed.

It is indeed possible that there are/ have been two problems occurring at the same time.

Good luck and I hope he is OK

Regards

Dr Dan Makin
Dr. Dan M., Veterinarian
Category: Dog Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 1458
Experience: Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon
Dr. Dan M. and 3 other Dog Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you
Expert:  Dr. Dan M. replied 10 months ago.
Hi Jamie,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Charlie. How is everything going?

Dr. Dan M.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/DE/debkatreyn/2011-11-28_33650_682e.64x64.jpg Dr. Debbie's Avatar

    Dr. Debbie

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    902
    Companion animal veterinarian practicing for over 10 years.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    13796
    UC Davis graduate, emphasis in dermatology, internal medicine, pain management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    9550
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    7758
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6598
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    6377
    13 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    6049
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 yrs. of experience.