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Dr. Michael Salkin
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Female black lab limping right rear leg, as if she may have

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female black lab limping right rear leg, as if she may have injured knee...but she also ate almost all of a wooden spoon today. she is also drinking lots of water, she ate normal evening meal. while outside this evening she did let out a yip and came right in, I didn't notice anly limping then, she started limping an hour later
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.

That's quite a problem list! Lameness, foreign body ingestion, and polydipsia (increased thirst) and those symptoms aren't likely to be related to each other. She yipped outside but lameness took an hour to develop. That smacks of an envenomation by a flying insect, spider, or snake. Have you checked her leg for swelling?

Foreign body ingestion is always worrisome for gastrointestinal obstruction but her eating normally doesn't support obstruction nor even irritation from wooden spoon pieces. I would continue to "watchful wait". The signs of obstruction are persistent vomiting and anorexia.

Polydipsia has quite a few possible etiologies...she became dehydrated and needed to replace her fluid deficit, she became febrile and the perceived heat prompted her to drink excessively, and if polydipsia persisted I would need to consider metabolic disorders such as urinary tract infection involving the kidneys, both hepatic and renal insufficiency, pyometra (uterine infection) in an intact female, diabetes mellitus, and a host of rarer disorders.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 9 months ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Piper. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin