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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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My 15 year old female chihuahua keeps pulling up her front

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my 15 year old female chihuahua keeps pulling up her front right leg and yelps loudly if anything touches her armpit area she will walk on the leg but carefully and when i touch her leg she has no reaction like it doesn't bother her at all
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: yes ma'am and nothing, its more like her ribcage armpit area but whatever is causing this is making her lift that leg... she's my baby and i just don't like her ever being in pain
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Diesel
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Diesel?
Customer: no,for a 15 year old she's very spry and acts young still eating great and drinking water and being sassy to her brother and sisters like normal
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 8 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 8 months ago.

This yelping and holding up a front leg is actually a common sign with neck pain and a bulging disc or disc herniation of the cervical spine.

We usually don't get pain on palpation of the leg, but if you stretch the neck up/ down/ left/ right, that's when we usually get the response.

The treatment in mild cases of pain is with anti-inflammatory meds (Rimadyl, Metacam), other nerve pain meds (Gabapentin) and resting for 1-2 weeks. In severe cases with neurologic deficits, we'll recommend an MRI and disc removal surgery. This is not typically needed in most cases.

I would have your vet take a look and start some pain meds when you're able to get in.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.