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My dog has been intermittently limping with his front right

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My dog has been intermittently limping with his front right leg. No signs of pain, from the paws through to his shoulder. Seems like excersise gets it going. This has been happening over the last few weeks - last week after a 20 minute walk, yesterday after playing at the beach. He is a 5 year old male Boxer.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Steven Osborne replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Steven Osborne :

Hi,I'm Dr Steve. From what you are secribing, he may have injured ligaments and/or tendons in his leg by overexercising and this couls cause his lameness

Dr. Steven Osborne :

When this happens a dog instinctively reduces his exercise and after awhile, the rest makes the injured tissue feel better so they can get alng ok , then since they feel better they overdo it again and cuase more inflammation and pain. This is a very common problem. When I see dogs like this , one thing I do is x-ray the leg to be sure there aren't any small or hairline fractures. If I see none, then a prescribe antiinflammatory medicine like Metacam or Derramax. This along with consistent rest will often help substantially with the limping.

Dr. Steven Osborne :

I hope this has helped. If it has would you please click the accept button so I may receive credit for my answer. Thank oyu and good luck. I will check later to see if you have more questions. PS don't give people antiinflammatory medicine as it can be very harmful to dogs.

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