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My puupy got neutered about a month ago and is limping a little

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my puupy got neutered about a month ago and is limping a little bt. he is running well but certain movements,he is limping
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Hello! My name is ***** ***** it will be my pleasure to help you with your dog today. Just like an in person consult, I have a few questions of my own...
Has he been limping ever since the surgery?
How old is he?
What breed is he?
Does he seem to limp more at any specific time (like in the morning)?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
he does not seem to be in any pain. can even run very fast.yes,limping since surgery
6 month old
tpy poodle
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Which leg is he limping on?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
but kind of "hops" on one leg time to time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
back left leg
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
there were sttiches on that leg post surgery. i am assuming from anesthesia
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
There were actual sutures on that leg?
Where on the leg?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
upper thigh
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
There were actual stitches there?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
yes. actual sutures
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
its just odd that he can run so fast,and even stand on hind legs with no problem, but has that little hitch from time to time
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
I think you need to give your vet a call in the morning and ask them why there were stitches there.
There is absolutely no reason that there would be sutures in the upper thigh for a neuter.
Anesthesia is usually administered via an IV catheter in the front leg, and then the dog is maintained on an inhaled anesthesia.
There's absolutely no reason there should have been sutures in the rear thigh.
I would give your vet a call in the morning and ask them about that...and if they noticed anything unusual with that leg during the surgery.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
I do know that he had an undescended testicle.
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
Usually those testicles are in the abdomen.
It's possible that he has something like a luxating patella (a floating kneecap...which happens in some poodles), but the sutures in the thigh are troubling to me.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
But can it be possible that he can run and hop and yet have a "hitch"?
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
In a dog, the patella sits in a groove that holds it in place (think of the letter 'v' with a diamond sitting, pointy side down, in it). As dogs age. or are born with, the ligaments that hold the patella on to the groove can become damaged or get loose as an aging change or a congential issue, and then the patella will sometimes slip out of the groove. Kicking that leg backwards seems to put things back where they belong so you'll sometimes see a dog with this problem doing this, but not always.
I know some smallish dogs who have lived with this luxating patella issue for years and years and years, but since your dog is pretty young and seems to be painful from it, they may recommend surgery to repair it.
There's more information on luxating patellas here:
I hope this helps.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
But he did not have a hitch before his surgery and he is only 6 months old.
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.
I understand's possible that surgery tweaked something when they restrained him for surgery...but I'd definitely talk to the vet about it.