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My dog (a miniature american eskimo, 8 months old) has been limping intermittently for the past two months or so. The vet couldn't find anything wrong with her, and we were sent home with an anti-inflammatory. It helped, but it's been 2 weeks now and she's still limping.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

There isn't a wound. If it's relevant, it's worse after she gets up after lying down for a long period of time.

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Bonnie :)

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Bonnie?

Nothing that comes to mind. The limping is intermittent, and sometimes its very mild, and other times she'll lift the limb (front right) in the air and refuse to put weight on it.

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Thank you for your question about Bonnie. What leg is she limping on? Has your vet done any x-rays?

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Front right leg. The vet said she didn't think x-rays were necessary, because she couldn't feel anything wrong with the bones and joints.

Ok. In a situation like this, initially the x-rays didn't seem to be warranted as it wasn't persistent and the physical exam didn't really reveal anything. In light of the lameness persisting, it now comes up as a good screening tool to see if the cause of the lameness can be identified. Could there be a cartilage issue? Could there be some primary bone issue - panosteitis? Some other growth issue? Since time, rest and pain management haven't resolved the issue, the further working it up with x-rays would be a very good next step.

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Customer reply replied 3 months ago
Alright, thank you, I'll try to book an x-ray for sometime this week.

When dealing with a younger dog that has a lameness issue, it is commonly first treated with time, rest and pain medications to see if it resolves. If it is persisting, then the x-rays get more needed. I'm hoping for the best for Bonnie!

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