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What is Joint Dislocation?

A joint dislocation, or joint luxation, is a condition where the ends of your dog’s bones move out of their usual positions and separate. This can occur with any joint, typically following some form of trauma. If your dog suddenly exhibits lameness, or if you detect swelling around a joint, schedule a veterinarian consultation immediately. A dislocated joint must be treated as soon as possible to prevent aggravation and more severe damage.

When the ligaments that hold a joint in place break, the two bones may separate, resulting in a joint dislocation or luxation. The joint will need to be returned to its original position and held in place so the surrounding casing can heal. The earlier the injury is treated, the better the prognosis.

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Symptoms of Joint Dislocation in Dogs

Symptoms vary depending on the location of the joint dislocation. Typically, dogs will exhibit lameness in the affected limb, which may progress over time. Your dog may be reluctant to walk because of pain, and you may see swelling around the joint. Other symptoms specific to a certain joint include:

  • Ankle — Foot hanging loose or moving in unusual directions
  • Elbow — Elbow carried flexed
  • Hip — Shortening of limb

Causes of Joint Dislocation in Dogs

A dislocation occurs when a joint separates from the socket and is usually caused by trauma, such as a fall or a car accident. Joints are held in place with thick ligaments, which may break when subjected to severe trauma. Though dogs of any breed may suffer a dislocation, some are genetically predisposed to conditions that may lead to luxation. An example of such a condition is hip dysplasia in German shepherds. Dogs under one year of age are less likely to experience a dislocation, as the immature bone is prone to fracturing instead.

Diagnosis of Joint Dislocation in Dogs

A physical examination and radiographs are the common tools for diagnosing a dislocated joint. If your dog is limping and unwilling to put weight on the affected limb, the veterinarian will request some information from you, such as the duration of symptoms and if your dog has been in a recent accident. Most cases of joint luxation present with a history of trauma or intense activity. The veterinarian may be able to tell the extent of the dislocation through a physical examination, though a radiograph is the most reliable method for inspecting a joint luxation and can reveal any fractures around the dislocated joint. CTs and MRIs may be used as well.

Though laboratory testing is not necessary for diagnosis, the veterinarian may recommend blood work or a urinalysis to determine your dog’s ability to withstand anesthesia as part of treatment.

Treatment of Joint Dislocation in Dogs

There are two methods of treatment for a luxated joint.

Closed Reduction

In certain cases, the joint can be returned to its original location through closed reduction, which does not require surgically opening the area around the joint. This is a non-invasive procedure but requires general anesthesia to relax the muscles. Following reduction, a radiograph confirms that the joint is in the correct position.

Surgery

If the ligaments surrounding the joint are too damaged, surgery may be required to repair the joint. The veterinarian may be able to sew the joint capsule back together in order to support the joint once it has been manipulated back to its original position. Depending on the extent of the damage, screws, pins, or washers may be used to replicate the torn ligaments and to hold the joint in place.

In both closed and open reduction, the limb will be held in position with a bandage or wrap following treatment, which provides support to the joint while the surrounding joint capsule heals. The prognosis for a joint dislocation is typically good.

Recovery of Joint Dislocation in Dogs

Limit your dog’s activity following reduction. The sling or splint will need to remain in place for one to two weeks while the joint capsule heals, and you will need to visit your veterinarian for a follow-up examination prior to its removal to ensure that the joint is still in position. Keep the supportive bandage clean and dry during this time, and monitor your dog for signs of discomfort or swelling.

After the supportive devices have been removed, your dog will most likely remain reluctant to place weight on the affected limb. Continue to restrict your dog’s physical activity for several weeks to avoid placing additional trauma on the joint. Make sure that your dog has access to fresh food and clean water during the healing process, and provide a safe, quiet place where he or she can recover comfortably.

Joint Dislocation Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Lovee
Pomeranian
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Rescued a female pom about 4 yrs. old our vet x-ray showed a right dislocated shoulder seems to be old injury she runs jumps on all the furniture dosen’t seem to be in pain have a consult with surgeon if it is an old injury does it have to be put back?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Ideally any joint dislocation should be reduced properly, but if it is an old injury the Orthopaedic Specialist will give you an indication of whether you should have surgery done or to leave as it is; it will depend on the severity of the dislocation and any negative effects it is having on Lovee’s movement and general well being. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kanan
American Pit Bull Terrier
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness
Limping, weakness in ankle, foot turns out
Loss of Appetite

I have a pit bull terrier who is just over a year old. I have no money to get surgery done and he was hit by a car and his hip seems dislocated. He puts no weight on it and when I did my check he flinched from pain at moving his hip a certain way. Is there any way I can put his hip back in place without the veterinarian? This happened today and I'm very concerned about the pain and health of my dog.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hip dislocation and femur fracture may feel similar to an untrained hand; I would highly recommend visiting your Veterinarian regardless of cost since replacing a suspected dislocated hip may cause more damage especially in a case of a road traffic accident. Also Kanan would require pain management medication too. Your Veterinarian would need to perform an x-ray before performing any procedure. Please visit your Veterinarian or Emergency Veterinarian immediately. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

What?! My just dog just recently dislocated his hip. Within mins after the injury he was shaking in pain and he looked very concerned. He needed surgery to repair his hip but wouldn’t be able to have surgery right away. Our vet had him on pain meds and an iv to keep him comfortable. Dr. Turner is correct if a person doesn’t take their dog in to see a veterinarian their dog will be living with pain their whole life and will never be able to run or jump again. It’s unfortunate his dog was hurt the way he was but you also have to do what’s going to give your dog the best quality of life.

Dr. Turner, that was a visibly self-serving response. You just recommended a course of action which does not meet the stated needs/limitations of your patient, and also happens to propegate your own clinical market. Meet your patients where they are. Give this dog/owner team something useful, and please stop trying to put this poor individual into debt in order to meet your impulse to build market for your profession. Poor form.

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Zelda
weimeraner
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

walks funny
Wont sit
Walks slow
Runs slow

I am not sure if it is joint location. A friend recused a dog and we brought her to my house. She is a 6 month old lab/ weimerainer mix. The person she rescued her from said she had a small limp. It is NOT a small limp. She walks on her legs but her hips look very narrow and she wont sit, she lays down but holds her upper body up with her front legs when she teies to sit. Its sad to watch, she does not act lile she is in pain, very playful, though skittish which is expected since she may have been abused. She did run briefly today once she got used to us and started playing. When she lays down it takes her a while to get back up. I am taking her to the vet as soon as i can. I am not sure how long she has been like this, the lady wouldnt answer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Zelda I cannot say whether there is a dislocation, fracture, sprain or otherwise; a Veterinarian would need to make a thorough examination and will also take x-rays to see the extent of the injury. For now, keep her comfortable and ensure that food and water is close by. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sox
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

limping front leg

Medication Used

Anti-Inflammatory

Took my 9 year old chihuahua mix to the vet after my dog had been limping around for only a day. They informed me her elbow is dislocated and them just telling me that alone cost me $1000. I'm just a college student and I'm wondering if it is necessary to take her to an orthopedic dog surgeon or if we can get her a brace that will help her move around? I'm reading quotes of $2000-$3000 for them just to pop it back into place and I honestly just can't afford it. I'm not sure what to do!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand that finances can be tight, but bracing a dislocated elbow isn’t going to help or even help with the pain. The joint cannot just be popped back like someone does in the movies. If finances are a problem, speak to some animal organisations in your area, they may be able to help cover some of the cost (in return for a regular on going donation). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Jaq
Japanese Spitz
6 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lameness

Please help. Our 6 yo male japanese spitz had a dislocation on his "vertebrae" i couldnt recall what the vet told me on the phone what exactly was dislocated but my dog got into a fight with our english bulldog when he jumped at his back and there it was. He started limping and couldnt raise his back legs. We went to the vet and had her observed for 2 days. They said we should do the ff: 1. Give him a massage every 6 hours, 2. Give him medications, 3. Assist him when he tries to walk.. the vet didnt do any surgery. May i ask if our dog will heal thru this therapeutic process the vet advised? Thank you so much

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If Jaq has suffered from vertebral subluxation or other spinal injury the prognosis would be guarded. Your Veterinarian would have advised you to massage the back to relax the muscle, pain killers to make him comfortable and obviously help him whilst he performs his functions. I cannot guarantee that Jaq will recover as at times in these situations a wait and see approach is taken.  Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tess
Kelpie
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Won't bear any weight on back leg
dislocated hip

Tess was hit by a car almost 2 months ago and had surgery as it dislocated her hip. She still won't bear any weight on her back leg and walks/runs around on 3 legs.. Her leg looks shorter than the others as she holds it up.. She is quiet happy and doesn't appear to be in any pain.. Even when I touch it it doesn't seem to bother her.. But shouldn't she be putting weight on the leg by now? Or could her hip be out again? We paid a lot of money for the surgery so I would've thought everything would be fine... How will I know if it's in place or not? Is this normal after this type of injury? Everyone is saying she should be walking on it or at least putting weight on it...

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Tess should be placing weight on the leg by now; but recurrence of the dislocation, nerve damage and other problems may cause her not to use the leg. You may be able to compare the hips of both sides of Tess to see if you notice a difference in the bone (femur) position between the left and the right side. Ultimately, an examination by your Veterinarian and an x-ray will tell you what you need to know. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Buddy
Unknown
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain

I have a small dog I don't know the breed. He's not limping. When I move his arm a certain way or move him a certain he cries a little. What could be happening? He doesn't seem be in any pain unless I'm moving the arm

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible problems ranging from sprains to ununited anconeal process. This would be something to visit your Veterinarian for so that flexion tests and x-rays can be performed to determine the cause of the pain. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Fox
Chihuahua
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocated ankle
Joint

My chihuahua was just stepped on today on accident and immediately yelped in pain then scared ran to crate. After almost immediately seeing that her leg was completely sideways went to the pet ICU. They did x-rays and its dislocated, possible spur. They are wanting to do surgery and put a plate in it, which means no more movement in that ankle, EVER! This seems quite drastic to me as I'm thinking typical surgery and cast would heal it. I have pic of x-ray and am in much need of guidance.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The reason that your Veterinarian is wanting to immobilise the joint with plate fixation is not due to the dislocation but because of the spur. The bone spur will continue to grow and will cause pain and discomfort for Fox; by immobilising the joint you prevent this pain and discomfort. Whilst I understand that you’re concerned with no movement in the ankle, dogs are highly adaptive to these types of surgeries. If you have other concerns you can consult a Specialist (see below) where a Board Certified Specialist will look at your x-ray and give you an analysis. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM
www.petrays.com

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Buddha
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Lack of mobility
Yelping in pain

Medication Used

Rimadyl, Docusate Sodium & Clavamox

I have an 8yo staffordshire bull terrier who I think might have been playing on the stairs while I was not home and hurt himself. His condition has gotten worse over the last two weeks. He has a bad limp on his front left leg and while stationary(sitting or just standing on all fours) will not place it onto the ground. He still walks on it, but limps due to not being able to put his full weight on it. Sometimes he will yelp while laying down on it and trying to adjust himself. He yelps with touches to certain areas around his shoulder. I have been giving Rimadyl to help with his pain. Some days he moves around better than others and some days he doesn't want to move or eat at all because of the pain. When touching both sides while he is sitting I can feel that some areas on the shoulder feel out of place or just not the same. I don't know if it is a dislocation, break or torn ligament. At first I thought it was signs of arthritis, but I'm sure it wouldn't be painful enough to have him yelp in pain. I want to go to the vet again but truly can't afford the high prices since the first time I was told it was just a sprain. I am worried because it seems to be more than a sprain and I think he is becoming depressed due to pain and not being able to move around normally.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand cost is a factor, I am unable to advise you on the specific cause of the limping or whether Buddha has dislocated a joint or not. Traumatic injury can cause ligament injury or even damage to the articulation surfaces of the joint. At this stage, it would probably be a case of having an x-ray done to see if there are any fractures or anomalies to the affected limb. Many times, a dog will take a tumble and will be in pain for a day or so; however sometimes it is more serious. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Milo
Yorkie mix
12 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
dislocated shoulder

Hello I have bought a little dog with a dislocated shoulder. Seems to have been that way since birth. The vet tried to pop it back it but it didn't hold and is now advising surgery. I am all for surgery but they said the puppy could lose the leg? When looking online everywhere says shoulder dislocation surgery have great success rate so I'm a bit confused. The puppy is only 12 weeks old.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In normal cases of joint dislocation, the correction is normally straightforward; but in puppies, there may be complications with damaged growth plate, damage to the articulation surface or other problems. These scenarios should be discussed with your Veterinarian and a discussion of the x-ray and range of movement should be done to inform you of the severity of the condition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Mia
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

limping

I have a 4 year old chihuahua and she was born pidgin toed and bow legged, she recently let out a high pitch scream and was making an indication that it was her back leg that was giving her issues. She was able to eventually walk on it but barely put any pressure, now she is wanting to isolate herself from other animals and she favors the one leg. I am worried about her, and the thought of it being broke or fractured, we have been keeping an eye on her and she is holding the leg out and not putting weight on it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many possible causes for this leg injury, however without examining Mia I cannot say whether or not it is a bone issue, joint issue or muscle issue; I would recommend visiting your Veterinarian for an examination and x-rays (if required) to determine the cause of the injury and to (at a minimum) prescribe some pain medication to make Mia more comfortable. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Tango
German shepherd mix
4 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Laziness

Hello we have a greman Shepherd who kis 1 month old and he has a non bendable back leg and he cannot put pressure in it . Its a genetic defect and we are trying to massage him.every day and we sre not sure what to do ..please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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German Shepherds are prone to certain problems like hip dysplasia; I would recommend having x-rays done of the hips, lumbar spine and of the legs to check for any anomalies. Afterwards, your Veterinarian would be able to advise you of the best course of treatment which may involve surgery. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocco
German Shepherd
9 Years
Serious condition
0 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limb Swelling

Trying to figure out if my dog sprained his hip or dislocated it. He is still moving but will not put any pressure on his leg. He can raise his leg walking around even down the stairs. His leg moves like a noodle. I can't afford a vet so please don't tell me go to vet I would if I could.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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One of the methods which Veterinarian’s use to determine whether the hip is dislocated or not is by expending both back limbs backwards and comparing the length of the limbs; if there is a dislocation, one limb would be shorter than the other. Also feeling around the area of the hip joint can help to determine a dislocation but this can be painful for a dog and should be done by a Veterinarian to determine whether a dislocation is above or below the acetabulum. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cherry
Airedale Terrier
1 Year
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hi, I am concerned about my dog, she has been limping on her back right leg after she sits or lays for a little longer. She is not in any serious pain and she does not react with pain to touching her leg. Once she walks her leg a little she runs around like nothing. However the same thing happens after she rests. Can you advise me on what this could possible be?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Cherry, being an Airedale Terrier (and still being quite young) may have hip dysplasia; this is very simple to diagnose by x-ray of the hip joints or by having some credible information on the family history of hip dysplasia tests. Otherwise, there may be some other musculoskeletal or neurological condition causing the lameness; without a physical examination (and maybe some x-rays) it is difficult to diagnose the cause of the problem. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

My new puppy (1 month old) I have had less then a week was playing with the neighbor's dogs and they we're a little rough. I went to get him and he cannot stand on his back leg. He whispers non stop. He is also getting a dark yellow goo in his eyes and they appear more red and watery.

My 2 year old German Shepard's shoulder seems to be dislocated but I'm not sure..
She is limping bad and does not put weight on her paw and there is nothing wrong with her paw and I feel the difference in her shoulders. The hurt one seems to be swollen and her shoulder blade seems to be stickingout kinda? I don't have enough money to take her to the vet, can I treat it at home? Will it heal on its self? Please help

So my Chihuahua has like dislocated his both back legs and I want to take him to a vet or something but I don't know how much it's gonna cost me and I need help asap

I am very worried for my little yorkie. 4 months ago she had fho surgery which she recovered fine about 60-70% and now has dislocated her other hip. I am afraid she will not be able to walk well again since her good leg is now a bad leg suring recovery.

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JoJo
Chihuahua/ Rat Terrier
6 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Lameness

Hello, we have six month old Chihuahua/ Rat Terrier mix that just tonight after running out the door, we heard her crying very loudly, and found her in her kennel not able to bear weight on her right front paw. Upon further surveyance we realized that her shoulder blade is not equal to her left shoulder blade, and they are drastically different, we believe she may have dislocated her shoulder, we live quite rurally and are unable to get veterinary help right away. We would love some advice, she is very dear to us and we dont want her to suffer.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Dislocated joints (if the shoulder is dislocated) are difficult to put back due to injury to surround tissues (ligaments etc…). A visit to your Veterinarian is required to take x-rays to determine the severity and to plan the best way to put the joint back, possibly surgically; the longer you wait before Veterinarian intervention, the more damage may be caused. If Veterinary care isn’t immediate, all that can be done is to restrict movement (cage rest) and ensure that JoJo has food and water within easy reach. Other causes of shoulder protrusion may be due to nerve injury, muscle injury or joint swelling; a Veterinary examination would be able to determine the exact cause and appropriate cause of treatment. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toby
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
18 Months
Mild condition
1 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping

Medication Used

Meloxicam

I have an 18 month old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel that last week skidded on the new laminate flooring, took him to the vets as his legs was very limp and he was struggling to walk on it.
The vet suggested that he had dislocated his hip but it had popped back into place so a proper diagnosis was unavailable at the time. He was prescribed Meloxicam for the pain and was told to keep an eye on him.
Today he was lying in his bed and struggled to get up and walk, just now he has jumped of the bed and yelping in pain - yet again not being able to walk on it until it popped back into place.

Is this going to be an ongoing problem? Please could you advise

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Hip dislocation can be an ongoing problem which causes long term pain and can also cause additional joint damage each time the joint dislocates. If a positive diagnosis of hip dislocation is made, there are some surgeries which may be done to prevent dislocation in the future; your Veterinarian would be able to describe each technique along with the pro’s and con’s. Whilst the hip is in a presumed dislocated state, visit your Veterinarian to confirm the diagnosis so that a more long term fix can be planned. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

So my 10 year old Chihuahua that's in human years btw but his both back legs are missed placed or dislocated when I got home I think he got into a fight or something and I need help asap

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Saddi
Mutt
6 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Not Active

My dog dislocated her left hip, we had it corrected, and even went back to have it checked it's been 2 weeks now and she is hardly eating but is drinking but we live where you have to climb stairs so she will not go out to use the bathroom and when you try to get her up she shakes like she is scared . We have doubled checked to make sure her hip is OK but she is not the same . We also lost a very close family member someone she was very close too the same day she dislocated her hip so I don't know if this is from her hip or if she is just heartbroken

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that Saddi is suffering the effects of both events; her hip may still be causing some pain or discomfort which is causing her to shake when she stands up, also it is known that dogs can grieve when loved ones pass away which may affect their behaviour and eating habits. If Saddi isn’t showing any other clinical signs, I would recommend giving her positive reinforcement when she eats to try to encourage her to eat more and to watch her as she moves and stands up to see if she gets tense or makes any noise which may indicate she is in pain; if she seems to be in pain, visit your Veterinarian for a flexion test to see if she may need some pain killers. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Linkon
Norwegian Elkhound
16 months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Linkon is our 16month old Norwegian Elkhound mix. He has been limping off and on on his back left leg for about five days now. He is eating, drinking, rushing towards door when doorbell rings and can jump up n down from our bed without assistance or whimpering. But when he stands or lays down there is a hard bulge in top leg joint area
, I can bend and move his leg but when I pull on it he gets a little agitated and pulls his leg away. I'm wondering if this is a swelling from a sprain or a dislocation? Not sure what to do with him, especially with him being so active still and no apparent pain except when I start slowly pulling on the leg in a certain way.....help!!!!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you are seeing a bulge in the hip area, I would highly recommend you have your Veterinarian examine him since dislocation is a possible issue which should be checked for; your Veterinarian can do a quick check of the hind legs to check for dislocation but an x-ray would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Eko
Mixed
9 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

We have a 9 year old mix (mostly Australian Shepherd, German Shepherd, Hound, and Husky). We took him to the vet in the last month or so for a regular checkup and the vet noticed signs of arthritis in his back left hip, but said that the symptoms were likely mild right now and did not recommend further treatments unless the condition worsens.

Last night, he got very excited and started jumping up and down in excitement and at one point tripped over his own legs and had trouble regaining balance for a second. But, he seemed fine immediately after so we didn't think a whole lot of it.

However, this morning, we noticed that he was limping on his back left leg, which is the leg where we were told he may have arthritis. He is not crying, and does not cry or whine or wince or anything when we touch the leg or apply pressure, but he does seem to be avoiding putting weight on the leg and appears to possibly be avoiding stairs as well. He also won't lay on that side of his body, although this is fairly normal for him as he usually lays with the right side against the bed.

We are very worried because we have a trip planned for tomorrow where we will be out of town for 3 days and have a family member coming in to check on him a few times a day. I am worried that he is in pain or has something more serious wrong than just the arthritis and that it would be a bad idea to leave him alone for the 3 days that we were planning to be out of town.

Do you think it will be ok to wait a few days for a vet visit or should we consider an emergency vet visit tonight? I am a little hesitant about the latter because emergency vets are usually so expensive and we don't have as good a relationship with the emergency vet as with our usual vet, but I am worried that if he will be in pain or if we should not leave him alone maybe it would be best to pay the extra fees to have him seen immediately. I was wondering what the vet opinion would be on that.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend visiting the Emergency Veterinarian since the injury may be minor, but dogs are stoic by nature and it would be best to have peace of mind whilst away on your trip especially if Eko will be alone for the majority of the time; also pain medication may help make Eko more comfortable which is important. If you would be at home with him, I would have recommended rest and to keep an eye on him etc… but given your trip I would take the safe road for Eko. The Emergency Veterinarian will perform a thorough examination and may also take an x-ray and will make recommendations on their findings. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your response! We called our regular vet and they were able to squeeze us in between appointments before we left and as you said they did prescribe some pain medication for him while we're gone so that he is comfortable. They felt both legs and said nothing felt out of the ordinary but if it hasn't improved in a week, we will be back in for xrays. Thank you for recommending that we go in! You were right, that having them take a look helped a lot with the peace of mind while we are preparing to leave for our trip knowing that he is not in pain and that the vet expects it to improve on its own in about a week.

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Vader
pitbull
2 yrs 7 months
Mild condition
0 found helpful
Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog all off a sudden started limping. He doesn't put as much pressure on his front left leg, he still walks and chases the cat down the hall. He does like to play a bit rough with our other dog. Today will be day 3 and it seems like his limp got worse today, but again still walks and runs just not to much pressure on that side. Should I wait a bit and see if it goes away on it's own? Or take him to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It would be best to visit your Veterinarian for an examination, but with these types of injuries it is best to allow strict rest so the injury isn’t made worse. Cage rest along with walks on a lead are best; if you see no improvement after a few days you should visit your Veterinarian. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Blue
Shepherd
7
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Medication Used

Metacam

My large shepherd dislocated his hip today. Our vet has put it back in place and stabilized it to his side so he cannot use it. My question is can he lay on the side that together leg is immobilized. He keeps wanting to and I'm worried it will affect the healing process.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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He can lay on that side, it may just make it more difficult for him to stand up if the leg is immobilised so you should assist him as much as possible; laying on it isn’t going to do much but him attempting to use the leg whilst it is immobilised could cause issues. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Toot
Chinese Crestese
7 Months
Serious condition
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My dog is occasionally limping on right, back leg, doesn't appear to be in pain but, I can feel the bone on top of leg is popped out a little. Is it broken or popped out of place?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is possible that the hip joint is dislocated out of place, without examining Toot and taking some x-rays I cannot say for sure; if the hip is dislocated then the cause would need to be identified before it is put back into place, the x-rays will help show the health of the femoral head and the acetabulum since some problems may need more advanced surgical correction. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Annie
Shih-Tzu
7 Years
Fair condition
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My 7 year old shih tzu has a vet confirmed dislocated elbow that has been put back into place and she is now in a sling. If I leave the sling on and limit activity is there a chance she will heal without orthopedic surgery? We took her to see a vet with in 24 of the injury if it makes a difference.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is really on a case by case basis, it is important to keep her in a sling and to restrict movement; but given the joint and type of articulation there is a chance of recurrence and I would plan for a surgery if required. The closed reduction was done within a good time frame which bodes well in your favour but I cannot give any absolute assurances. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Rocky
Border collie mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

We already see the Veterinarians and they tell us the best way fix it is surgery.. but Except the surgery can fix the joint dislocation.. is that any way to fix the joint dislocation without open up ?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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When looking at a joint dislocation it depends on the joint in question, the severity of dislocation, does there need to be any pins/plates/wires placed to keep the joint in place, what is the health of the articular surfaces etc… There is not just one factor to consider and any dislocated joint must be assessed individually. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Roxy
Labrador Retriever
4 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Hi I need some advice I think my 4month old labs ankle is dislocated but I Carnt feel anything out of place or broken ? She is holding her leg up and it seems a bit more floppy than her other could this be ligament damage from it been dislocated is there anything I can do to help her from home please

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Roxy has nerve damage more than ligament damage if the paw is floppy, without an examination I cannot say for sure but you should keep her rested as much as possible but an examination by your Veterinarian would be valuable. Apart from rest at home there is nothing else you can do without knowing the specific cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Isabella
Pug
7 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Lamness

I’m not sure what to do. I have a 7 month old pug who will not bear any weight on her right back leg.
She shows signs of lameness but still walks with it. And winces at times when she is laying down. She also lays on the affected limb almost naturally but shows that she is in pain. Which I thought was unusual. Could this be a hip dislocation or more symptoms of a fracture or tear? I’m not sure what to do as her limp has not gotten any better though it has only been a few days.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It may just be a sprain, I would give it the weekend (with it being Thanksgiving weekend) and if there is no improvement on Monday you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. I cannot say whether it is dislocated, sprain, muscle tear or anything else without an examination. Try to restrict movement and only take outside on the lead to urinate/defecate and then straight back indoors to rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Scotch
French Mastiff
8 Months
Mild condition
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I have a French Mastiff which is 8months old and he is affected with Hip Dislocation in the right leg. I am not sure what to do as i cant afford surgery. Is there a way apart from surgery for treatment? And ya if i dont do surgery is it possible that the dog might suffer the same thing in his other leg because he puts all his weight on one leg???

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it is important to have x-rays done of the hips to determine the integrity of the hip joints and how the femoral head sits in the acetabulum; this problem is usually bilateral (affecting both sides) but without examining Scotch or having x-rays done it is not possible to know a prognosis. If the cause is traumatic, then the issue may be only unilateral but if it is due to an hereditary disorder the problem would affect both sides. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Solo
terrier
5mo
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dogbis 5mo old. His back hip is dislocated. Unfortunately i realized too late for a simple relocation.... I am seeing continued pain and lacknof use of limb as a long term effect of FHO surgery. I was warned about artheritis from not having the surgery........ What are some other effects of not havin FHO

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are many disadvantages of femoral head osteotomy including arthritis, muscle atrophy, pain among other causes which is why total hip replacement is treatment of choice and why femoral head osteotomy is recommended in smaller dogs only. There are two great resources below on femoral head osteotomy which would be interesting for you to read along with some nice x-rays for side by side comparison of femoral head osteotomy versus total hip replacement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.globalvetspecialists.org/comparison-thr-fho www.cliniciansbrief.com/sites/default/files/FemoralHeadandNeck.pdf

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Scooby
Beagle
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limb Swelling
Walking tenderly

I have a 2.5 year old Beagle male who started limbing with right hind leg after jumping from the bed and fallen few days back.
Today my vet has confirmed that it is hip dislocation after taking some X-rays. Now he is telling that surgery is not advisable as there are very less chance to recovery after Surgery
He is suggesting that we can just give few joint supporting medicines and that's it.
Now I am sad and confused I don't want my dog to walk on three legs for whole life.
Please help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Scooby I cannot say what the specific issue is or whether surgery would be suitable for Scooby; you should allow Scooby to rest and I would advise you to visit another Veterinarian in your area to examine Scooby to determine if they reach the same conclusion. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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kk
Pomeranian
5 Weeks
Serious condition
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Serious condition

I have a 5 week pom puppy which has one leg shorter than the other, (from legs) which we just discovered in taking her photo a few days ago. She hoppes (like a rabbit) more than walks, and her paw w/ the elbow is angled outward as she doesn't really put a lot of her weight on her left paw. The vet said she has a elbow joint dislocation, that the tendons are growing around the joint & needs surgery followed by physical therapy. Is surgery at this young age advisable or can it wait to see if it will correct itself being its a puppy of this age? Worried about putting her in for surgery and the outcome. The vet suggested either one of the siblings was too rough or the mother stepped on it, its the smallest of a litter of 3. I have a 12 month pom who will just want to play with her when we bring the puppy home, which terrifies me!!! help

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery is most likely the best course of action in this case since the severity of the dislocation most likely will not improve and may lead to pain and discomfort and she grows. You should discuss this further with your Veterinarian and if you have concerns visit an Orthopaedic Specialist for a second opinion to put your mind at rest. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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D Man
German Shepherd
5 Years
Critical condition
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Has Symptoms

As noted above

Hi, Can you please advise me on 5 year old Shepherd x Maremma? He has been found to have two dislocated hips, both of which were found to be beyond the socket during xray. It is thought the injury is an old one as he exhibits no mobility issues, runs, jumps, travels stairs and 'dances' on his rear legs willingly without prompt and doesn't appear to indicate pain. He had some limited extension when initially checked by the vet which prompted the xrays. Is it possible that this dog could continue without surgery or relocation with a view to managing arthritic pain across the lifespan? It is unknown how long this dog has sustained this injury. Your thoughts on this would be very much appreciated.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Generally we would prefer to put D Man through any surgery now rather than later since recovery and anaesthesia tolerance may play a role as he ages; it is better to generally correct any issues now whilst he is still fit and healthy. You should discuss with your Veterinarian and also consult with an Orthopaedic Specialist regarding this issue as they would be able to offer more guidance and may have more experience in similar types of cases. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Polo
pit bull terrier
16 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Trembling, shaking, slow walking
Trembling, shaking,

My name is Chasity. I have a dog named Polo. I’ve noticed a HUGE change in him lately. He trembles and shakes. I looked it up online and it says he can either be cold, have anxiety or maybe pain. I highly doubt he is anxious because he is fine and my house is pretty warm. So i took him to the vet because i thought it was pain. The veterinarian says that both of his back knee bones are out of place. He prescribed him medication and said if he doesn’t make any progress on the medicine he may need to undergo surgery. My dog also has very high allergies to many different types of things. My question is this, is my dog trembling because he’s in pain because of his knee bones? I’m sure allergies wouldn’t do that. Should i take him maybe to another Vet and get a second or third opinion?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Patellar luxation can be a painful condition and is easily diagnosed by manual manipulation of the stifle joint (knee in humans); if you are having concerns, there is nothing stopping you from visiting another Veterinarian to see if they confirm the diagnosis. If the first Veterinarian took x-rays, request a copy to prevent paying for them a second time. Typically allergies wouldn’t cause shaking unless excessive scratching caused pain from self injury. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Max
Lab mix
11 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

dislocated hip

Medication Used

Meloxican and tramadol

I have an 11 yeard old dog. He is 80 lbs and he has arthritis on his joint and has recently dislocated his hip. We have x-rays to confirm. After 5 days, he is now walking on his leg although it must be extremely painful. I am giving him painkillers and anti-inflammatories. Because of his weight, age and arthritis he is not suitable for surgery but I don´t want to put him down unless It´s the only option. I do not want my dog to suffer either. Is there anything I can do? I appreciate any advice. Thank you

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Surgery would be the treatment of choice, however in some cases it isn’t possible due to many different factors; again, manual repositioning is also another option, but recurrence is high and with arthritis and other conditions it may cause more harm than good. This isn’t something that can be medically managed long-term due to the painful nature of a dislocation and the weight bearing on the limb. You need to have serious discussion with your Veterinarian about the options available for Max. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

We really appreciate your advice. Thank you for your prompt response. Regards

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Casey
German Shepherd
1 Year
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hip dislocation in right hip
Torn CCL in right knee
Double hip dysplasia.

Medication Used

Trazodone 100mg
Rimadyl 100mg

My 1 year old German shepherd has hip dysplasia in both hips and a torn ccl in her right knee. I noticed she was favoring her right leg some on Christmas morning and all of a sudden her hip was incredibly swollen. I was able to get her in first thing the following morning and they did X-rays and informed me that her hip was dislocate and she would need to have it popped back into place. I took her to an emergency center who said they didn't recommend this approach due to her dysplasia and recommended a total hip replacement. I was prepared to sell my car and anything I own to pay for this for her but now I am being told that she is not a good candidate for a hip replacement due to all her other issues and how long it has been since dislocation. I have taken her to 4 different vets/specialists in the last 48 hours and don't know what to do. she seem ok, still runs and plays like normal puts weight on it and doesn't seem to be in pain, lets me move it and apply pressure no problem. I just feel like there has to be something we can do for her. will she be in pain the rest of her life if we do nothing? I can't stand the thought of her suffering like this.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Casey I cannot say if the severity of the hip dysplasia (not uncommon in German Shepherds) warrants total hip replacement or not, but given the size of the breed then a total hip replacement would be the surgery of choice. If Casey has other orthopaedic issues, these may need to be address or during the hip surgery but would be at the discretion of the Surgeon taking care of Casey. Whilst Casey may not be in pain at the moment, the onset of arthritis or other problems (and she is still very young) would make some surgical approach required to give her the best mobility long term. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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cosmo
Australian Shepherd
7 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Pain
discomfort

Medication Used

prednisone

Hi, I recently fostered a puppy, Cosmo. He has a dislocated shoulder and after x-rays, I was told popping the shoulder back in was not possible due to how damaged his shoulder is. He then was suggested to try PT and after the consul, I was told that they didn't truly see the point of continuing PT because they weren't sure what the end goal would be other than strengthening the other three legs. The orthopedic thinks that I should amputate his limb, but I am hesitant to do that without knowing if there are other possible options. Are their surgeries he could get to repair his dislocated shoulder without removing the entire leg?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing more about Cosmo's particular situation, it is hard for me to comment on options, but there typically are surgeries to replace the joint and stabilize it, yes. If you haven't been to see an orthopedic specialist, that might be the best next step. If you have already had a consultation with an orthopedic specialist and they have determined that surgery won't be corrective for him, it would be best to trust that opinion. I hope that Cosmo does well, regardless of chosen therapy.

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King Jett
German Shepherd
9 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My German Shepard dog is 9.5 months old, 90 pounds. All of a sudden he woke up with a limp on his front left leg. On day one he could still play, but towards the end of day one he was very sleepy and unlike his normal self. Day two he woke up and had diherria and he's limping a little worse and whining now. I checked his foot pad, I tried to see if there was a part of his leg he would Yelp at but there was nothing. I'm so worried about him because this is so unlike him. He has not eaten a lot and he is just laying around AG this point.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining King Jett I cannot determine if his leg is sprained, dislocated or otherwise; if he is otherwise in good spirits you should allow him to rest but if he is showing signs of pain and is still not eating you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Piper
Corgi
7 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
Non-weight bearing
Limping

Our small little corgi is very athletic and hyper and crazy. She loves to run and jump. Piper is 7 months old and we have noticed these symptoms on about 5 different occasions now. She will be running and then whimper and be holding her front left leg limp and not putting any weight on it. Usually the symptoms last less than a minute and then she runs off fine. The longest period that the symptoms have lasted was about 3-5 minutes before she was confident to put weight back on it.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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You should visit your Veterinarian for an x-ray and for a flexion test to determine what the cause may be, in a young dog of Piper’s age there are many different causes for the symptoms you are describing which may be attributable to joint, spine, nerve or developmental causes. Without examining Piper, I cannot give you any specific information. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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shoumo
pitbull and boarder Collie
2 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

joint dislocation

My dog have a accident when she five month old and she walk only three legs and she sometime pull her back leg up. We go to vet and get medication and she com back and walk normal after two month but now she is 2 years old and it suddenly come back again so what should I do??
I don't want surgery for my dog but any natural way would be nice, Do you have any advice or treatment

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without knowing what type of injury Shoumo has, I am not sure what treatment might be available to help. If she seems to respond to medication prescribed by your veterinarian, that might be something that she needs to be on longer term, or a joint supplement. Since your veterinarian knows more about her, and her history, and can see her, it would be best to have her examined to see what options there are for long term treatment. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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princess
German Shepherd lab
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain
can't walk

My moms German Shepard/ lab mix just started experiencing in ability to walk she has bad hips and I think it is her hip that is out of place but my mom is on disability what are her options if she can not pay for surgery. Other then the walking issue she is eating, drinking and waging her tail.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. At her age, it would be surprising if Princess didn't have some level of hip dysplasia and arthritis, and may need pain medications to help her remain comfortable. Since many OTC medications are toxic to dogs, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian. They will be able to assess her and determine what the problem might be, and give you options as far as treatments. I hope that she is okay.

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lola
Chihuahua
16 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

pain when dislocated could not walk

My 16 year old chihuahua has had a badly curved back and arthritis for a number of years and frequently exhibits an involuntary splaying of her right rear leg. Unfortunately yesterday morning she dislocated her hip as I'm guessing she slipped or lost balance.

The vet popped it back it and she is in a tied up bandage for 3 weeks, and delightedly so and much to my surprise she is coping quite well. I'm hoping it will heal well in the next 3 weeks.

The purpose of my e mail is to see if there are suggestions of some sort of support to keep the hip joint in place after the bandage is removed.

thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I hope that Lola is okay. The point of the bandage is to keep the joint in place until the bandage is able to be removed, and the bandage is typically not removed until any swelling is diminished and the joint is healthy again. Once the bandage is removed, the joint should theoretically be healthy. It would be best to follow up with your veterinarian to make sure that the joint is healthy.

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Charlie
Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever
5 Days
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocated hip

Charlie, a 5yr old Tolling retriever was kicked by a horse. The diagnosis was three cracked ribs, ruptured avoli in the lungs, and a dislocated rear hip. Ribs will heal, lung will heal, hip needs to be relocated. According to the vet He tried to relocate the hip but it would not stay in. He then recommended a FHO surgery because it was an “in house” procedure with great results in 35 lb dogs. This was our first visit to this clinic as we have just moved. My question is, is it normal to give such a quick diagnosis that the joint will not stay in? I never saw him set it or if he checked to see if it would actually stay in the joint. Did he actually try to set it or is he simply trying to get more money from the deal by stating we should get the FHO?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whilst I understand your concerns, I cannot say what the Veterinarian tried or didn’t try; whilst a closed reduction is possible in some hip dislocation cases (and it is much cheaper), some cases may require surgery and this may include removal of the femoral head if it is damaged or there is an issue with the acetabulum. Femoral head osteotomy is a suitable procedure in cases in dogs below 40 or 50lb in weight (depending on which book you reference), but if you have concerns I would seen another opinion with another Veterinarian in your area. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Luna
Mini Poodle
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Backleg
Bit of pain
Limping
Swelling

About a month ago she jumped from a chair and her back leg got injured. We decided to to take her to the vet, they said she would be fine. Been a month and we decided to take her back to see why she hasn't gotten better. They said they aren't sure what she might have and decided to send her get x-rays. Problem is that they cost a lot and we believe that she might've dislocated her back leg. If it's severely damaged getting surgery might get us to debt. I'm not sure what to do,I dont want to leave my dog in pain but we don't have enough money to help either.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Healthcare costs are a terrible dilemma for people no matter if it is for pets or family health; however it is important to determine the severity of the injury and to look at all possible options. If there is a dislocation or other serious injury you may want to consider amputation since this would resolve the issue and many times works out cheaper than other surgeries. However, if you are able to show financial hardship, I would recommend trying to contact a nonprofit for help with the cost of x-rays and treatment (see link below). Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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Phoenix
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Medication Used

Metacam

My Yorkshire Terrier(6months old) was playing and hurt his front leg. I took him to the vet they took X-rays nothing is broken but there was some popping in the elbow. I brought him back a week later after crate rest and weeks worth of metacam they retook X-rays cause he was still limping once again nothing is broken another weeks worth of metacam. He bares weight on it if he is slowly walking but once stop picks his injured leg back up. I don’t know what to do I honestly can’t afford surgery even though the vet said he didn’t see any indication that he needed surgery. I’m just so worried about my puppet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Without seeing Phoenix, it is difficult for me to comment on what might be going on with him, but if your veterinarian feels that he doesn't see a need for surgery, that may be a good indication that he does not need it. If you are not sure, it may be a good idea to see an orthopedic specialist, as that opinion may be worth the additional cost to have an opinion on further care. I hope that all goes well for him!

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Bach
Dachshund
5 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Hurt Back

Medication Used

Steriods

I have a dachshund that is approx. 4-6 years old. We rescued him last year. He is notorious for getting under the furniture. He got under my recliner and got stuck. His back as a raised portion on it and he is not using his back legs. He can feel his back legs and wag his tail. He drags his hind legs though when he walks. We took him to a local vet who gave him a steroid shot and sent us home with pills. We have been trying to limit movement as much as possible. After 4 days of this we took him to the local Chiropractor. HE states that his vertebrae was pushed down toward his hips, which makes since with how he was trying to free himself from the chair. He did some adjusting and my husband stated that our dog acted way better but still is not using his back legs. Can you tell me an approximate time frame that we should be seeing some type of difference? I just don't want him to continue to suffer if we are just prolonging the inevitable.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Some dogs, especially Dachshunds, may need surgery if they are not using their back legs, acutely, If he has not responded to medication after 24 hours. At this point, it may be too late, but the best option for him would be a referral to speciality hospital that can do an MRI and determine the extent of the damage to his spinal cord. I'm sorry that this happened to him, and I do hope that he is okay.

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Ralphie
Chihuahua
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort
Bruising
Limping
Loose ankle
Swelling

Earlier today my older Chihuahua stumbled trying to jump onto the couch, and upon landing immediately began favoring his right front leg. Back when he was a younger pup he had a similar accident involving jumping onto an inclined lawn and breaking his left leg, and I remembered the doctor saying that it could have just been a dislocated leg, which is common in dogs with weirdly lanky legs (he's a funny looking chihuahua). This time I can tell he didn't break his leg, since I was there when it happened and I remembered what it looked like.
So basically, I know it's dislocated.
The problem, is that neither me or my dad are able to afford to take him to the vet, and I'm panicking because I don't know how else to get treatment, but taking him in would put us in debt. I don't want to have to choose between my dogs well-being and our financial well-being, but unfortunately we have to. Is there any way we could help our dog that wouldn't sacrifice the little amount of financial stability we currently have?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Ralphie I cannot confirm whether the leg is dislocated, fractured or sprained; but Ralphie does need to see a Veterinarian as soon as possible, please do not try to ‘put back’ the joint yourself. I would recommend that you reach out to a charity on the list in the link below to ask for financial assistance in having Ralphie seen by a Veterinarian and having his leg treated. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.dogingtonpost.com/need-help-with-vet-bills-or-pet-food-there-are-resources-available/

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ODIN
Rottweiler
22 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Pain in right back leg
tumbling while walking

my dog tumbles while walking and experiance pain in right back leg if streched .He was diagnosed with dislocation when he was 4months old and was even treated for dislocation but we could not find any improvement in his walking and even his both back legs are thin. we went to other vet doctor he diagnosed with inflmation of hip joint. kindly advice us for further action

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Odin and seeing x-rays it is difficult to determine the severity of the condition, you should have an x-ray done to check the integrity of the hip joint since there may be some degeneration of the articular surface which may result in surgery being required. For the meantime, Odin should be rested and given anti inflammatories to see if there is any improvement in movement. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Beauty
German Shepherd
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

I have an 11 yr old german shepherd with hip dysplasia in both hips. She got excited yesterday when the neighbors dog came in her yard and has had a bad limp ever since. She will use the leg and she's laying on that hip. Everything feels normal to me when I touch her and there's no heat or swelling. I worry she's dislocated her hip, but it's the weekend and ER vet care is not available. I'm driving myself crazy looking for answers online. I wouldn't think she'd be laying on that hip if it was dislocated. I'm giving her pain medication which she was already prescribed for her dysplasia/arthritis/bulging disc. Any advice please?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Beauty I cannot confirm whether the hip is dislocated or just aggravated by the burst of activity; but if you have no emergency veterinary care within two hours of your home you should keep her rested and prevent her from moving until you see your Veterinarian Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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MILO
French Bulldog
4 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

discomfort

I have a 4 month old french bulldog. My friend braught his dog over one night for them to play.. the dogs were playing for a good 3-4 hours.the other dog was slightly bigger and my dog was falling and jumping around all night, no signs of pain or injury. The next day i noticed he was very strange, ears pricked back, and non-responsive. The next day i took him to my vet. He had a feel of him and said that both his back legs got dislocated and they were clicking in and out of place. the vet told me to keep him in a confined area making sure he didnt run or walk too much. after a day or two the puppy seemed to be normal, wanted to play, walking normally, no signs of any pain. 5 days later i took him back for a check up. the vet had another feel and told me his hips still havent recovered. i could see them pop in and out. once again he told me that we needed to keep him in a confined area, preferably on soft carpet or fake grass.. he told me because his still young at 4 months old he wouldnt need an operation and that he should heal naturally by the time he was 6-7 months old. both his legs are the same length and there are no visible sings of pain except for the odd tremble of the leg.. im worried, what is your opinion doctor?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In many cases rest is best, without physically examining Milo and probably taking an x-ray of the hips (just to check for any abnormalities to be on the safe side) I cannot say whether a rest only approach would work; however when you see that Milo is improving it is important to continue the strict rest for longer once he seems ‘healed’ so that he doesn’t cause further injury whilst still in recovery. You should monitor the improvement with your Veterinarian and have x-rays taken to check the acetabulum. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Sophie
Great Pyrenees
8 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 98 pound great pyrenees was hit by a truck. Her front right elbow is dislocated. We took her to the vet who put it back in place but it has popped out again. He says only surgery will repair it but he doesn't think it would be our best option because she is 8.5 yrs old and is such a large dog. He isn't equipped to do the surgery so she would have to go to an orthopedic surgeon. My question is what do you think the prognosis is for a dog that large having that kind of surgery? We love her dearly but won't want to put her thru any more pain if it isn't going to fix her problem.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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An orthopedic surgeon should be able to replace that joint and keep it in place - it isn't uncommon for a dislocation to require further surgery, and it would be best to have a consultation with an orthopedic surgeon to see what they think as far as chance for permanent fixation and quality of life. Most dogs do quite well once the surgery has been performed. I hope that everything goes well for her.

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Shay
Chihuahua
13 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Leg dangles but not in pain

Medication Used

Furosemide
Enalapril

Her leg doesn't seem dislocated but wont put weight on leg. I can touch and move her leg without her caring at all. She uses leg to steady herself when using the bathroom. No trauma. ..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Shay it is difficult to say whether there is a dislocation, nerve injury, spinal issue or another cause; you should restrict her movements for the time being and visit your Veterinarian if there is no improvement by Monday morning. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Kato
Lhasapoo
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog is a Lhasapoo just turning 8 and weight 18lbs. He is not overweight and is very active. He has always jumped off of and onto high beds and couches without issue. Just recently while jumping UP to the couch I noticed him holding his left front leg off of the couch and close to his body. I touched it and it was "stuck" in the position. I gently pulled on his front paw and heard a little pop and it went back to normal. He immediately acted like nothing ever happened. This has now happened 3 times all when he is jumping UP on the bed or couch and I was able to simply pop it back into place with little force. He can still jump down with full force and it does not harm him. I just ordered him Cosequin which contains Glucosamine and other joint supplements. Should I take him to the vet or wait to see how he reacts to the Cosequin?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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The Cosequin (chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine and manganese ascorbate) will help with general movement of joints, but if there is dislocation of a joint it is not going to help; in these cases rest is best as well as preventing Kato from jumping up onto furniture (may need to restrict to a crate). It would be good to visit your Veterinarian for an examination to be on the safe side to ensure that there isn’t anything more serious going on. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Cujo
Pit bull
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Have a very young blue pit lab with a dislocated front left paw (ankle I guess) can I just splint it and it go back.? How do I help its pain we have absolutely zero finances can barely care for us and five kids

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It is not a good idea to splint the foot, as more damage can happen from the splint than by leaving it alone. If he is putting weight on the foot, you may be fine to monitor him and see if it improves. Most OTC pain medications are toxic to dogs, so he may need prescription pain medication. If it is broken or dislocated, it will likely not heal on its own. Many clinics do offer free or discounted first exams, and that may allow you to have him seen so that you at least know more what is going on and what to expect. There may be a lost cost clinic in your area as well.

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Bear
German Shepherd
5 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Lame
Loss of muscle

My 5yr old gsd male ive noticed is limping onbhis left back leg.
There is no swelling, but he has lost a bit of muscle mass in it.
He will walk on it, lay on it and use it to scratch, plus can sit normally. But when standing still he will hold it up.
I had a feel around his hip area, it did feel more exposed than the other, and it didnt hurt him (keep in mind he has lost abit off mass in that side), but when i felt the muscle/tendon on the front of his leg and put pressure he shook and winged and went to pull away. He is doing everything else normal, and his limp has gotten less over 3 days.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bear's limp has been limping enough to allow a decrease in muscle mass, he should probably be seen by a veterinarian, as they will be able to examine him, take x-rays if needed, and figure out what is happening with him and how to treat it.

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Mitch
Yorkie
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocation

Took my 8 year old Yorkie (Male) in for a routine nail trim to my vets office on Thursday. The groomer brought him to me in her arms after the trim, and he tends to mis behave at the vets office , so I took him out to my car , as I always do, to return and settle my bill for the service and supplies that I purchased. I carried him to the car, and when i sat him down I noticed that he was holding his left rear leg up off the ground. The groomer informed me when she handed him to me that she trimmed several nails to short and they bleed. I assumed when he was craddling his leg that his foot was just sore from the trim, I went in and paid my bill and left. Got home sat him down on the floor in my bedroom when I noticed he was still not walking on his foot, I was trying not to panic, so I waited a little bit( Maybe an hour or hour and a half), and something just didn't seem right with him. He wasn't crying out in pain, but was shivering like he was in pain, so I called my vets office. I told them that his leg just didn't seem right to me and I wanted someone to look at it ASAP. They told me to bring him in the next day at 2 pm which I did. When we arrived, I had a tech and a doctor check him out The doctor examined him physically -palpating and feeling his leg and hip. She seemed concerned, just as I had. I demanded that they take an exray of his leg to see what was going on, they did, and 20 minutes later the Head Doctor and they other doctor came in and informed me that his leg had been dislocated form his hip due to trauma they said. I was horrified and furious at this point! I told them that It happened during his "Nail trim" because when i brought him in he was walking, running around and being his normal silly self and he was fine when I gave him to her to take him back for his trim. I am at wits end with this situation. I feel that the groomer should be reprimanded for her actions against my dog, and for the pain and suffering she caused him, she should lose her job! They did rest his leg and he is now staying at the vets office over night to make sure he is doing okay! I am worried sick about my dog! I have cried so hard my head hurts, and I am just anger that my dog was abused by this person or persons. I feel so bad and almost guilty myself for even taking him in for a routine nail trim yesterday! My question for you Doctor is what can I expect now for his recouping at home and what should I do to prevent him from possibly re injuring himself? I am a professional chef and I work a ton of hours and won't be home to watch after him a lot, it it is truly worrying me. Should I hire a service for him to stay at or should I get a cage??? He is my baby boy and my best friend, and I only want him to be safe and comfortable throughout his healing process. Please advise. Thank you all for listening/reading this. PJ, Mitch's Mum

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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As far as blame or mistreatment, this is something I don’t want to get into from a legal point of view as I am not aware of all the facts and you should consult with a legal professional if you wish to pursue that. As far as the dislocated hip goes, the Veterinarian or Vet Tech on discharge will (or should) give you instructions on care as well as any follow up appointments which may be needed: also you should think about getting a small crate just enough for Mitch to turn around, have an area to lay down and another to eat/drink whilst your gone out the house; you should also walk him outside (carry down steps) to do his business. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Peincess
Bichon Frise
8 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Dislocated ankle

My bochon dislocated ankle. We brought her to the vet within 1/2 an hour of when it happened. They left her for a few hours before relocating the ankle
She is 8 years old. She currently has a splint on her leg. The doctor is telling me she quite possibly will need surgery because of her age
We are going to see a surgeon on thursday. They are saying it could.costnanywhere from 1500-3500 for the surgery
I don't understand why she would.nees surgery I'd they put it back in place.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Whether or not Princess required surgery would be dependent on the severity of the dislocation; if there is a high degree of joint laxity then surgery would be required to stabilise the joint to prevent recurrence and to increase comfort as unwanted play (unwanted movement of a joint) would cause pain. Speak more with your Veterinarian and ask them to explain and compare x-rays from the left and the right etc… so you can see joint spacing etc… Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi I need some advice I think my 4month old labs ankle is dislocated but I Carnt feel anything out of place or broken ? She is holding her leg up and it seems a bit more floppy than her other could this be ligament damage from it been dislocated is there anything I can do to help her from home please

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