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Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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My dachshund is 6, she is limping, favoring her right front

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My dachshund is 6, she is limping, favoring her right front paw. I can see no obvious injury. She also vomited twice today, and once a couple of days ago.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 1 year ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. A front leg lameness in a doxi can reflect soft tissue trauma - sprain or strain - in the leg and also cervical myelopathy (spinal cord disorder in the neck) such as degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). The pain of a disk is called a dorsal root signature sign and radiates down the leg similar to sciatica in the hind leg in both humans and pets. If Roxie hasn't improved in a week it would be best to have her vet carefully palpate (feel) that leg and her neck.

Vomiting has more etiologies than I could list in this venue. In most cases, a dietary indiscretion such as ingesting something new, inappropriate, spoiled, or perhaps a nonfood item is responsible. "Watchful waiting" for up to 72 hours is prudent as long as my patient is stable because most dogs will remiss unaided within that time frame. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.