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Old 11-20-2011, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Friday DH bathed 6 lb maltese rescue Toby. We have had him about 3 months and had him bathed and shaved right after we got him so Fridays bath was his first bath since then. Nothing happened and he was just fine afterward but Sat morning he started limping. He doesn't wince when I manipulate his leg, foot or toes but he is still limping. He has had no falls and is only walked on a leash. What could be causing this? How long should I wait till I take him to vet? he can still jump onto the bed.
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Old 11-20-2011, 01:42 PM
 
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Is he trying to hold a leg up? If so, which leg and how high is your dog trying to hold it?

Was their any nail trimming associated with the bath? Possibly too close to the quick?

Personally, if it were my dog, while it is limping I wouldn't allow any jumping be it up or down. Lift your dog until the limp stops or you discover the source of discomfort.
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:10 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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have the vet check his knees, sounds like luxating patella
a mild luxation will not typically cause much pain to touch, manipulate ect, but will cause limping, favoring of the leg and generally not using it.

in mild cases patella luxation can be eased with baby asprin as needed and a glucosamin suppliment...
in advanced cases, it may require surgery as it does become painfull as the condition worsens

luxating patella can simply come and go in terms of actual reaction...some days it can be fine...other days it can be painfull. changes in weather dampness barometer pressure ect can cause issues (kinda like arthritis)
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Old 11-20-2011, 04:36 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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no nail trimming, rear left leg- when he is simply slowly walking he does not favor it but when a bit excited or on a walk he holds it up just barely off the ground.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:19 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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id put money on a mild luxation...
worse when he tries to run ect...
most luxation "patients" will actually not use the leg when running and "bunny hop" but are fine the rest of the time.
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Old 11-20-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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One thing I have learned having six dogs is to not rush to the vet for some things and limping is one of them. Dogs, like humans, sometimes strain a muscle, take a wrong step or otherwise do something to cause a limp that will clear up eventually.
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Old 11-22-2011, 06:28 AM
 
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id put money on a mild luxation...
worse when he tries to run ect...
most luxation "patients" will actually not use the leg when running and "bunny hop" but are fine the rest of the time.
I agree ^

I have a dog who has this and she doesn't limp except when she runs. You might even be able to see it if you move the leg around the knee. I also have a Yorkie who had a torn ACL but he wouldn't put any weight on it at all. The leg was hanging kind of to the side rather than straight down.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Toby seems to be just fine now and not favoring his leg at all. Lucy was getting extra attention getting special tummy rubs and special treats with pills inside so maybe Toby was looking for a little sympathy?

Who knows. Both are doing better and that is most important.
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Old 11-22-2011, 10:18 PM
 
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Give up to 5 days of limited activity, still limping then time for a vet. Could have jumped off/on something wrong. Limited activity is no jumping, no running, no crazy playing or doggy zoomies.

Best way to help get rid of energy when need down time is obedience command practice, it stimulates the brain but also wears them out. Ideas are sit, down, over, backup, right/left turns/circles, shake, touch. Also smell game of "find it"., start w treat hidden in a hand and progress to hiding treat somewhere around your body and then under various cups.

If holding leg up full time or no weight bearing I'd do vet sooner than later. If you have a god relationship w your vet you can also call them for advice, which is always ideal.
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Old 11-23-2011, 07:13 AM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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then id say it definatly sound slike a mild luxation...luxating patella comes and goes...id start him on a glucosamine regime
mild patella luxation doesnt need vet care or surgery and is incredibly common in small dogs...
its only if the luxation starts to become more intense (not using it when walking (running is normal), pain when you touch it ect...) that it needs vet attention.
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