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He has been limping in front right leg on and off for a few

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He has been limping in front right leg on and off for a few days. Now it seems like something is wrong with back leg too,same side. Mostly happens when he first wakes up
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Ya i couldn't find anything
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Alfie, almost 5 years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Alfie?
Customer: I don't think so
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 months ago.

Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name is***** will try to help.

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 months ago.

Once he walks around does the lameness resolve?

Has he had any tick exposure recently?

Has he had more exercise than usual?

Any accidents recently?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It seems to resolve but then it comes back when he's been at rest. None of those you mentioned have happened that i am aware of.
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 months ago.

Ok it sounds like some tendonitis or arthritis. How long has it been going on ? Is he on any medications now? How much does he weigh?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
About a week. No meds. About 10 lbs
Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 months ago.

Ok it still sounds like it could be some arthritis or tendonitis.

So to officially diagnose arthritis an x-ray would have to be taken. That would show the vet how the joint cartilage looks and if there is any arthritis. He is not that old so it could be tendonitis too.

Tendonitis is inflammation of the tendons in the joints.

Both arthritis and tendonitis can be worst when they first wake up and can improve with movement.

I also asked about tick exposure because Lyme disease can cause lameness and it can shift around to different legs.

So you could try over the counter aspirin for pain and inflammation. You can use it for 3-4 days and if there is not improvement, or he gets worse, then he needs to see a vet. Also aspirin is not a good choice for long term pain control because it has more side effects than some of the prescription veterinary pain medications.

So if he is 10 pounds he can take half of a 81mg aspirin tablet every 12 hours.

Give it with food to help prevent gastrointestinal upset.

In case it is tendonitis you should restrict his activity until he is no longer limping.

So if he is not better in 3-4 days then he should see a vet.

Does that help? Do you have any additional questions?

Expert:  Dr. Gabby replied 2 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Gabby