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My puppy has a limp,..
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago
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Hi. Welcome to Just Answer. My name is***** Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear about Melody's limp. How long has it been present? Which leg is it?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
3-4 days. It is right front leg
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thank you for answering those questions. Is she putting a fair amount of weight on the leg? How old is she exactly?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
About 8 weeks
YES, her limp is more apparent today.. She favors r leg..
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Do you feel that it has always been this right front leg? Has it ever been another leg?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
No. Just the right leg!!
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Thanks again for answering those questions. With the duration of her limping, her age, and her breed - the most suspect things would have to be panosteitis or osteochondritis dessicans (OCD). Both of these are young, larger breed dog issues. With panosteitis, there is inflammation of the bone marrow - kind of like growing pains. It is diagnosed with x-rays of the bone. It is pretty much managed with oral pain management and time as they do grow out of it. The OCD is more of an injury to the cartilage of a joint and it causes a flap of it to come off into the joint. The front leg has the shoulder being the most common spot for it. It is diagnosed by x-rays and it is a surgical correction.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 2 years ago

Here is a good link on the panosteitis.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2084&aid=466

Here is a good one on the osteochondritis dissecans.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2084&aid=464

The best thing I can recommend here is a trip to your vet so they can take an x-ray to see if it is one of these. Could this be another general soft tissue injury to the leg that just needs time to heal? That is then the next considerations.

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