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My dog Rudy had TPLO surgery in 2014 and 2015. He was

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walking this morning it snowed...
My dog Rudy had TPLO surgery in 2014 and 2015. He was walking this morning it snowed the day before and all of a sudden he lifted his leg the same way he did when he was diagnosed. It is cold outside of course and he did the same about a week ago. He put weight back on it and walked home. I gave him some Aspirin for dogs. What should I do?
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
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Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

Thank you for your question. Is he waking normally on that leg now at this time in the house?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
he walked back home on the leg putting weight
On the leg
Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

That is good that he walked home on that leg putting his normal weight on it. In a situation like this, one of the things that could have happened was he had something in the interdigital region that caused some discomfort that resolved. IF he was walking in the snow, I know that my dog has had this happen too, they will get some ice or something stuck in the toes and it will cause them to walk a little awkward till it gets knocked out. If he's walking normally in the house at this time, then I wouldn't be overly worried about what you saw.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I am not able to talk at the moment.
Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

I'm sorry about the phone call prompt as that was the system. What you can do at home at this time is to let him rest and just check in between the toes to see if there is anything there that may be a cause of discomfort. If this type of behavior returns, I would be checking the foot itself for a cause.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok thanks for the prompt and information. So just to confirm you believe the issue is his foot and not his leg?
Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

If he's back to walking completely normal at this time in the house, then it wouldn't seem that suspect for the leg / knee / repair he had. With snow on the ground, I'm curious about it causing this behavior.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
I saw another vet ask a client with a similar question if it was cold out. That is why I mentioned the snow. I have never seen this behavior before.
Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

He is again walking completely normal now in your house?

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

How is Rudy doing at this time?

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
This morning when I took him out, the same situation occurred again, this time in both legs. He was trying to have a bowel movement and I it appeared that it is too painful for him to bend his hind legs. I do not think it is a problem with his feet. This is his first experience with cold weather
Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

If he's walking completely normal in the house, then goes outside and does this, then there is something in that environment that is most likely the cause. Just yesterday I took our new puppy out and he did awesome in the cold here, until he got to the sidewalk with the salt on it and that texture / feel on his paws caused him to walk all irregular. I would be curious if Rudy is getting something in his paws or the feel there that is causing this. The cold can cause some implants to have an irregular feel, but usually those are smaller dogs with plates that don't have a lot of soft tissue over them.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Ok so when I take him out in a few hours should I keep him on grass and see how he does. He definitely will have to go in a couple of hours. Should I invest in snow boots
Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago

The snow boots are something that can help to protect the feet. It might be something very easy to try and to see how it helps. Again, if he's walking completely normal inside, then it is something outside in the environment that seems the issue.

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Dog Specialist: Dr. Bruce, Veterinarian replied 6 months ago
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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