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My hurt his back right leg when he was a baby. It still

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My ***** ***** hurt his back right leg when he was a baby. It still bothers hime from time to time. This summer he hurt his right front paw/leg. I think a bigger dog stepped on it. He isn't running like he used to. He loved to run. He is 9 years old but has been like a puppy. He has really slowed down on his running. The vet did give me an anti-inflammatory but it doesn't seem to have helped. Not positive which foot it actually is in the front. :( What should I do?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.

Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

1) Were any x-rays performed?
2) Can you post a video from the front of him walking toward you so that I may see what you're seeing?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No X-rays but I think I want to get them. I took a very short video but I don't think you can tell
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It is saying my file is to large. It like a 4 second video
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

There is an attachment function on the page that should allow you to post pictures and video. You can also use websites like and to upload pictures and video respectively. Once this is done, a set of links will appear. You can then post the link back and I can access them.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I tried the attachment function. It says add files
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

You might try youtube instead. Sometimes the file attachment function can be difficult to work with.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

It looks to me like it's the left front. He's definitely still got some pizzaz!

Because the NSAIDs aren't working so well for him, your next step should be x-rays and talking to your vet about adding pain management unless they believe an underlying cause might be present such as a tick borne illness, at which point blood work would probably be indicated. It may also help them to see the video you have showed me as often pets won't do in clinic what they're doing at home which can make diagnosis difficult.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
in the video it does look like it is his left. Just so we are on same page we are talking aboutHIS left not when looking at him correct?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
No pain management because he doesn't show pain. But he was limping on one of the front ones
Expert:  PitRottMommy replied 1 year ago.

It would be his left, not the right side of the video. I see above that you felt it was the right front paw. This either means that it's shifting (switches limbs) or that it appears off on the video. What I'm seeing specifically is that he leads off with the right front and seems to throw the left front out in an awkward manner compared to his right.

Pain management may still be indicated. Misuse of a limb can be a symptom of pain, they don't need to be vocalizing to show discomfort. This is one common misconception about pain in meds. Often they show us they are not feeling well in ways we would not expect (such as blinking of the eyes, not using a limb but not vocalizing when it's touched, etc).