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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-17-2009, 01:13 PM Thread Starter
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My puppy is limping - please help me!

Good morning/afternoon,

Iím really hoping for a little advice and praying that someone has come across a similar scenario to what Iím going to explain.

I have a 9 month old Bassett Hound X Cocker Spaniel who has had a sort of lameness in his front left leg when he wakes up or get backs from a walk for about 2 months now, this has today gotten a lot worse. Before you wonder, yes, we have had him at the vet, two in fact as we recently moved home. Both vets recommended Metacam (anti-Inflammatory) for 2 weeks to see if the limp disappeared as unfortunately, he would never limp in front of them.

After going through this process, and not wanting to hold off any further, I requested that my puppy go under anaesthetic to have a x-ray, the current vet was not to happy to since she could not find any need as she could not see the limp. Anyway, the results of the x-ray counted against us and nothing was obvious. I then requested that the x-ray be sent to a specialist. The specialist has also confirmed today that he can see no clear abnormality, injury or joint issues. They now want to do a CT Scan which is going to cost a further 1500.00 pound. Donít get me wrong, if this is going to help sort out my boy, I will without doubt spend the money.

I made a call to my previous vet and explained everything to him, I feel a lot more comfortable seeing this vet as I genuinely feel he has a passion for what he does and my puppy does like him. Im seeing him again tomorrow and will stick with him moving forward, the 1 hour drive is worth it.

Our dog, biscuit doesnít appear to be in pain though.

Anyway, any advise would really be appreciated Ė has you dog or a friends ever come across this sort of issue? I feel like we hitting out head against a brick wall and watching my pup limp is breaking my heart.
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Hmmm... I'm not sure. Are they sure it's not arthuritis (SP?) Maybe if you know how to contact the breeder you got him from and ask for any medical records from your pups parents because it could be something inherited either from the mum, dad or both of them.
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our dog limps on one leg sometimes however, he puts all his weight on it other times, and he can run faster than any dog i've had. My dad is pretty sure his one leg is longer than the others. I can't help you much they can't find anything on our dog yet, but say he could develop arthritis in that spot later.

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My parents had a basset hound and they said that his siblings all developed join problems from some genetic trait. If you can contact his original breeder that would be ideal... that way you could find out if his parents or siblings have joint problems. If you can't get in contact with his breeder, try to find a basset hound club in your area or a breeder who could refer you to one. I have a feeling that his limp could be a genetic trait. A lot of short legged dogs can have issues like that.

It may also be something that is developing and isn't a problem just yet. Have you thought of trying to catch him limping on camera so the vet could see?

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My old poodle Petrie used to limp all the time, it was her hind right leg, she would skip while running so as not to use it and would often skip while walking to avoid using it, the vet kept saying it was nothing, then we took her to a vet in another town and she said my baby had early arthritis...Petrie was young when diagnosed, but after knowing what it was we were able to help her with it so it really never became a huge issue, she lived to be 18, just shy of 19 years old...I hope your vets are able to eventually figure it out, its always hard watching our babies limp or show any sign of pain...keep us updated

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