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Old 11-21-2007, 04:40 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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My dog has a habit of coming home from a walk doing the Bichon Blitz, running off and on the 2 couches in the den, flying like a madman. Grabbing his toys and running off to jump on the couch to the loveseat and off of the sides of the couch.

He we for a 45 minute walk with me, too.

Today he was limping. I tried 'palpating' his 'limping' leg trying to elicit some reproducible pain response as I would in a human when I exam that species. I even 'played with the tendons' and the extremities are moving fine. I even felt the contour of his paws, forearm, humerus equivalent and shoulders. There isn't a step off or anything.

Now, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and there probably won't be a clinic open. I don't think this is an emergency (life threatening disease process) but I need him seen soon.

Can he still have a broken limb? Even if he isn't withdrawing or yelping when I push or gently squeeze it? I am so tempted to put him in the x-ray suite at my hospital to check for broken bones. I might do it tomorrow morning....

HELP! Snowy needs it.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:42 PM
 
Location: huh?
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im sure he is fine! calm down and take a breath.
im not saying he isnt limping for a reason but since he isnt in any distress and is moving around then i would wait for it to pass since it probably will. i think i have heard of dogs sometimes limping (faking it somehow? for what reason i do not know) with no known physical cause. my main point is do not worry so much and wait a few days.
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Old 11-21-2007, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Marion, IN
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Check his foot pads & in between his toes. He may have stepped on something, gotten a small cut, etc.

It is not uncommon for a dog, just like a person to get a slight muscle pluu or other "owie" that will be just fine by morning.
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Old 11-21-2007, 07:53 PM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Check his foot pads & in between his toes. He may have stepped on something, gotten a small cut, etc.

It is not uncommon for a dog, just like a person to get a slight muscle pluu or other "owie" that will be just fine by morning.
I will look at his foot pad and between the toes. maybe he stepped on something.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:03 PM
 
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Bichons often have a knee cap that slips. It wouldn't hurt to check out his foot but it is probably his knee. Often, if you stand the dog on his hind legs.....you know....holding his front paws for balance, it slips back in place. Alot of dogs live perfectly normal lives with this but more serious cases require surgery. I would call your vet cause either way they need to see it, but if he doesn't seem to be in serious pain and its not swelling up, then you could probably wait till Friday to call.
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Old 11-21-2007, 08:09 PM
 
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Whoops! Sorry, I read your post quick and didn't see that it was a front leg! Same thing stands....sometimes they can even throw their elbows out of whack.....if it is broken and you pushed on it, you would know! Keep him quiet and keep an eye on it but if it is not bothering him all that much then you could probably wait till Friday to call.
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Old 11-21-2007, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Jax
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Today he was limping. I tried 'palpating' his 'limping' leg trying to elicit some reproducible pain response as I would in a human when I exam that species. I even 'played with the tendons' and the extremities are moving fine. I even felt the contour of his paws, forearm, humerus equivalent and shoulders. There isn't a step off or anything.
Awesome - you're probably doing just about everything your vet could do !

Sounds like Snowy overdid it. It happens. Unless there is an obvious break, your vet would most likely want you to wait a week or so to see if the limping stops.

When we had a leg problem a few years back, we went through the x-rays and exams and still had to wait to see if it cleared up on its' own. It did not clear up - it was a very bad cruciated tendon that needed surgery. One key for us was that our dog would not put any weight on the leg at all - it was tucked up under her at all times.
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Old 11-22-2007, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Beautiful place in Virginia
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Awesome - you're probably doing just about everything your vet could do !

Sounds like Snowy overdid it. It happens. Unless there is an obvious break, your vet would most likely want you to wait a week or so to see if the limping stops.

When we had a leg problem a few years back, we went through the x-rays and exams and still had to wait to see if it cleared up on its' own. It did not clear up - it was a very bad cruciated tendon that needed surgery. One key for us was that our dog would not put any weight on the leg at all - it was tucked up under her at all times.
There is no 'tuck' he will walk on it but the gait is altered. I see his right scapula more prominently as he is walking.

I have him run and his gait looks normal. It is puzzling.
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Old 11-22-2007, 08:53 AM
 
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There is no 'tuck' he will walk on it but the gait is altered. I see his right scapula more prominently as he is walking.

I have him run and his gait looks normal. It is puzzling.
I'd just have him take it easy - maybe there's some swelling? You could wait a day or two and take him to the vet if it's not better. They'll probably take an x-ray. If he's putting any weight on it, that's a good sign.
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Old 11-22-2007, 10:35 AM
 
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I would not have him run until his limp is gone. Sounds like a minor injury since he does walk on it and will run, but it also needs to be rested.
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