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My dog is 11 months old. She is a mix of chocolate lab and staffordshire terrier. For the past 2-3 weeks she limps on her right front leg. Both my husband and I have examined her leg and can't find any swelling or painful spot on it. She still runs and plays with our other dog, but when she gets up from a nap, she limps like it hurts.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help your dog. What is the dog's name?

Her name is*****: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Lahlah?

She seems healthy in every other way, she just limps and favors her right front leg.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Lahlah. It appears that she "warms out of" her lameness which is consistent with an arthritis rather than a soft tissue injury such as a bruise, sprain, or strain. The elbow (elbow dysplasia/ununited anconeal process/fragmented medial coronoid process, osteochondritis dissecans) and shoulder (shoulder dysplasia/osteochondritis dissecans/biceps tenosynovitis) are the important joints for Lahlah's vet to investigate. This is done by careful palpation, flexion/extension testing, and, most important, multiple X-rays of these joints. Both conservative (nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs/neutraceuticals) and surgical approaches are available for these dogs. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thank you for your reply. I'm wondering if she's too young to have arthritis. She isn't a year old yet.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

You're quite welcome Regretfully, no. 6 - 12 months is when arthritis most often becomes clinically apparent secondary to the disorders I mentioned. I believe that you're concerned about age-related arthritis and osteoarthritis seen in much older dogs. Please continue our conversation if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Ok, I understand. I appreciate your answer and will absolutely get her to her vet. Thank you and have a good day.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 8 months ago

I'm pleased to hear that Lahlah will be attended to by her vet shortly. You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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