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I am sorry to hear about this concern.
Needed to know front or back because the differential list for what could be causing the problem is a bit different.
My primary concerns for a limp on a front leg/paw include:
1. Having stepped on something that no longer remains.
2. Hypersensitivity reaction (i.e. insect bite or sting)
3. Hyperextension injury (like bending your wrist back too far)
4. A soft tissue injury (like sprain or straining your wrist or ankle)
5. Fracture, especially in the digits of the paw
6. In older pets, I always think about exacerbating arthritis (common for the elbow)
So, I do like deramaxx. It is a common and good non-steoridal anti-inflammatory that can help with inflammation regardless of what joint or area may be the problem.
Most important, no running and jumping. He is not likely healed that quickly. I would rest him for at least 7-10 days and if continuing to use the deramaxx, at least let your vet know you are resuming its use and why. Just so they know.
I can't rule-out problems like early age arthritis that may have been exacerbated by an injury, or some other soft tissue injury like a sprain/strain.
Definitely, got to rest him several more days.
One more thing. AT this age, may not be such a bad idea to start a good joint support supplement anyway.
Currently, one of my favorite joint support supplements on the market is Dasuquin or Cosequin. Here is some more information about it. Many veterinarians and clients have observed that after a few months on a quality joint support product, they can often reduce the dose of the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications there pets may already be taking. A supplement can take several weeks to observe benefit, so it is important additional anti-inflammatory or pain medications are used in the meantime. Product Information about Dasuquin / Cosequin
Also, an incredible clinically tested food to help with joint problems is J/D. J/D Diet
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