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My 5yr shar pei has a swollen back leg she had high white

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My 5yr shar pei has a swollen back leg she had high white count but no fever. She did have vomiting,She was treated with antiboctis for 3 wks but still has swelling.She shows no sign of pain and vomiting has stoped. My vet is at a lose because she has not had a fever at all.I'm concerned for her health and need to know what to do any help would be greatly welcomed
Penny
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Hi Penny,

Regarding the swelling, is it around the ankle area?

Is it 1 back leg or both back legs?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
It is one leg and is from the hip to the ankle and also has a small tennis baal swelling on the inside of the same leg
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Have any x-rays been done?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
not on her leg they did do them for gi problems
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
Based on what you have indicated above:
- Swelling
- High white blood cell count

I would look for infection/inflammation somewhere.

I have seen cases just like this where the leg has been swollen and VERY similar signs as there is a localized abscess (infection) with associated inflammation and swelling of an entire leg.

If this were my case, I would shave the leg completely looking for a puncture or bruise which could be the source. If nothing found, I would then use an ultrasound machine (if available) to see if there is a pocket of fluid (abscess) or take an x-ray looking for an abnormal lucency.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
My vet has checked for punctures and abscess it doesn't appear to be any .It appears like shar pei fever but without the fever.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
That would be less common in only 1 leg and less common to be as diffuse throught the entire leg, as it is more commonly found around the hock (ankle) area, not as you describe above - as it is often describe as "swollen hock syndrome"

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Customer: replied 7 years ago.
so could this be the result of a fall , and if so how is the best way to reduce the swelling
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 7 years ago.
I would recommend getting an x-ray or ultrasound. The swelling will not resolve until we determine and treat the underlying cause.
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Please click "ACCEPT" if the information I have provided has been of help so I receive credit for my work. Bonuses are always welcome and appreciated. Thank you.

The above is given for information only. Although I am a licensed veterinarian, I cannot legally prescribe medicines or diagnose your pet's condition without performing a physical exam. If you have concerns about your pet I would highly advise contacting your regular veterinarian.
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