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My dogs ankle (or hock) is swollen, including the area above

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My dog's ankle (or hock) is swollen, including the area above and around it. The swelling has slightly increased over the last day since I found her limping. It does not seem to bother her much, but she has been limping on it. It is definitely an inflamation of the tissue, as the swelling decreased when I held ice to it for a half hour or so.    & nbsp;                                            I am not sure what is causing it, but am wondering whether I should take her to the vet to have it examined. Please advise.
<p>Yes, you should take the dog to the vet. THis sounds like a condition called tenosynovitis, where there is damage to the tendons and the synovial membrane that makes joint fliuid. When both are injured, the fluid will leak around the tendons and swell up the area.</p><p> </p><p>If it is some type of injury, they may want to X-ray the area.</p><p> </p><p>If it is pus, they may want to lance the area to drain any pus that has formed.</p>
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