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Candy, Veterinary Technician
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Experience:  Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
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My 13 year old dog is limping on her nd right leg. It now

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My 13 year old dog is limping on her hind right leg. It now makes a popping sound. When she bends it
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Candy replied 2 years ago.

Hello. I am sorry to hear that Pebbles is having some trouble. My name is ***** ***** I have been a veterinary nurse for 26 years. I would be happy to help.

The most common injury by far in the hind leg of a large breed dog is damage to the cruciate ligament of the knee. The clicking/popping you hear is likely the cartilage in the knee, called the meniscus. It may have snapped on one end and folded back . When this happens it will snap back and forth as the knee bends. It is not uncommon to see a torn meniscus accompanying a cruciate injury.

This really requires a hands on exam for proper diagnosis. I do not think this is something you have to rush to the vet for today but I would give them a call tomorrow and see if they would like to have you bring her in. Until then I would just continue with her supplements and restricting her movement as much as possible.

I hope this helps. Please reply back if you have additional questions and I will be happy to continue. If you have no additional questions please take a few moments to provide a rating so that I am compensated by justanswer for assisting you today.


Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Will this be something that would require surgery to fix? I have an appt with a surgery center at the end of the month and wasn't sure if the vet can do something to help.
Expert:  Candy replied 2 years ago.

It would depend on exactly what was going you. In most cases with a large breed dog yes injuries to the cruciate ligament do require surgery. However in some cases with senior dogs if for some reason they are not a candidate for surgery specialized braces can be made to support the knee.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Is there a brace that I can use to help her until she meets with a surgeon? Will waiting to long to get the surgery hurt her leg? Because she won't be seeing a surgeon until the end of the month and I don't want it to get worse
Expert:  Candy replied 2 years ago.

Yes there are a few places you can get standard braces. If for some reason surgery can not be done then you would want to consider getting one that is fitted ( made) specific for her. There are companies that will work with your vet to make a mold of her leg. The concern with waiting is that often the other knee will go due to the extra weight it is carrying.

Here are a few links to look over for a brace.

Here are some ones you can just order on amazon LINK

These are a little more specific


Link 2

Link 3

This is a company that makes the custom braces I mentioned above LINK

Googling cruciate braces for dogs will give you more options.