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my yorkie is limping on his left rear leg but does noy yelp

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my yorkie is limping on his left rear leg but does noy yelp when i try to see whats wrong. what could this be?
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Scott, Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
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Hello there,

How long has this been going on?

Is he limping or holding the leg up?

Is there any swelling on the leg?
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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
off and on for 2 weeks sometimes it is okay and he walks on it he does not hold it up and there doesnt seem to be sweeling
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Scott, Veterinarian replied 7 years ago
In this breed of dog there are a few things that will cause lameness. A luxating knee cap would be most common. It occurs because the leg bone grooves are so shallow that the knee cap can pop in and out of place. If the problem becomes chronic, surgery can be done to correct it. Most small dogs do not require surgery unless the leg becomes arthritic or painful. A ligament injury in the knee is also possible. Partial tears require rest and an anti-inflammatory. Complete tears require surgery. The other problem known to the breed is a hip problem. The ball of the femur loses it's blood supply and part of the bone dies and the joint becomes unstable. Surgery is needed in all cases. Radiographs are needed for diagnosis.
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