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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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She won't put any weight on her front left leg. She has had

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She won't put any weight on her front left leg. She has had back surgery before.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Can't really see anything but she pulls away when I squeeze her paw
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Hadley and she is 4
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Hadley?
Customer: She has tested positive for Lyme disease but has had no symptoms for 2 years. And her emergency back surgery for a herniated disc.
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Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 8 months ago.

Hello. Thanks for the question.

It sounds like she will likely need some pain meds/ sedation prior to her exam. This will allow the vet to determine whether this feels like a fracture, dislocation, back/ neck pain or a soft tissue injury.

If it's a fracture or dislocation, then x-rays will be needed. If the bones and joints feel stable, then they can probably just do some pain meds and rest for 1-2 weeks until things normalize. If there is back/ neck pain, then it should not require surgery unless she has significant neurologic deficits. It doesn't sound like that is the case right now.

My guess is that it's a soft tissue injury that will resolve with some anti-inflammatory meds (Rimadyl) and rest.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.