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What is Joint Injury?

Any type of joint injury will most likely start out as lameness and swelling of the affected area. If you were present when your dog was injured, you will know right away that your pet may have a joint injury and how it happened. However, most owners are not with their dog when the injury occurs so you have to rely on the symptoms you see. Sporting or working dogs such as pointers, retrievers, and huskies are most susceptible to these types of injuries due to the impact on the joints during activity.

A joint injury can be one of several disorders depending on the type of injury. A cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR) is the most common cause of lameness in the back legs and can turn into osteoarthritis if not treated. This ligament is part of the tibia and femur structure. Joint fractures are common in younger dogs because their cartilage is not as strong as the ligaments and bones. Palmar carpal breakdown is a hyperextension of the carpus (in the wrist) from jumping or falling. Hip luxation is the dislocation of a hip joint.

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Symptoms of Joint Injury in Dogs

Symptoms are specific to the type of joint injury, which include:

Cranial cruciate ligament rupture (CCLR)

  • Lameness
  • Fluid retention in affected leg
  • Pain in stifle
  • Joint swelling in affected leg

Joint fractures

  • Lameness
  • Constant pain
  • Holding leg abnormally
  • Inflammation

Palmar carpal breakdown

  • Lameness
  • Paw sinks all the way to the ground
  • Pain when walking
  • Weakness of affected limb

Hip luxation

  • Lameness
  • Severe pain when moving
  • One leg shorter than others
  • Inflammation

Types

There are several types of joint injuries in dogs such as:

  • Cranial cruciate ligament rupture is usually from excessive trauma and weak ligaments, immune diseases, or defects
  • Joint fractures may be from injury, disease, or normal wear and tear
  • Palmar carpal breakdown is an overextended wrist (paw) from jumping or falling
  • Hip luxation may be from an injury or disease

Causes of Joint Injury in Dogs

The causes are varied depending on the type of injury. However, there are some breeds and types of dogs that are more susceptible, which are: 

  • Between 5 and 7 years old
  • Bullmastiff
  • Chow chow
  • Labrador retriever
  • Rottweiler
  • Sporting dogs (Spaniel, Setter, Retriever, and Pointer)
  • Working dogs (Doberman Pinscher, Siberian Husky, and Great Dane)

Diagnosis of Joint Injury in Dogs

The most important part of any trip to the veterinarian’s office is your dog’s background and history. If you have your pet’s immunization and medical records, it is helpful to bring them with you if you can. Tell the veterinarian if you have noticed any abnormalities in your dog, such as change in appetite or behavior. Also, be sure to mention any drugs you have given your pet in the past few days that may affect the diagnosis or treatment. The veterinarian will also need to do a complete and thorough physical assessment, which consists of weight, height, reflexes, breath sounds, blood pressure, respiration rate, pulse, mucous membrane color, and capillary refill time. Palpation and auscultation of joints, abdomen, and chest is done as well as a lameness examination.

In addition to the physical checkup, some diagnostic tests will be done such as an arthroscopy to explore the area with an endoscope and manual manipulations of the affected joint. Laboratory tests are done next including a blood urea nitrogen (BUN), packed cell volume (PCV), chemical panel, glucose and insulin levels, bacterial and fungal cultures, blood enzymes, complete blood count (CBC), and urinalysis. Finally, both lateral and stress radiographs (x-rays) of the affected area will be needed. Additionally, an ultrasound and possibly a CT scan or MRI may be necessary if earlier imaging diagnostics were unable to provide information for the evaluation.

Treatment of Joint Injury in Dogs

Each type of joint injury has its own treatment or treatments which may or may not include medication and surgical repair.

Cranial cruciate ligament rupture

If mild, the veterinarian may just give you a prescription for steroids or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). However, many times the injury will end up needing to be surgically repaired. Stabilizing the stifle joint is important in sporting or working dogs.

Joint fractures

Joint fractures almost always need surgery to stabilize the area and reconstruct the joint in a way that it regains its function, if possible. Medication is also needed, which include pain medication and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Palmar carpal breakdown

A splint or case may be tried at first along with NSAIDs to reduce inflammation. However, that is usually not enough to fix the problem permanently and surgery will be done to fuse the joints with a bone plate and screws.  

Hip luxation

A closed (nonsurgical) hip reduction is usually done if the injury is not severe. However, surgery may be the only option to get the hip back in place and stabilized. Medication will be given for pain and inflammation.

Recovery of Joint Injury in Dogs

In most cases, your dog will need rehabilitation, which may include aqua therapy, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, and other types of exercise. Be patient because these injuries may take a long time to heal. Your veterinarian will advise you on the postoperative care that will be needed as well as the return to activity regimen that you can expect for your canine.

Joint Injury Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

somera
pitbull/american bully
11 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
pressure not wanted
leg raise

hi. I have a 11 month old female pitbull/american bully. we had took her a bath and normal she can get out by herself but this time she couldn't get out as normal. sense then she's been active, but there are times where she has her right back leg to not wanting pressure on it. I did notice its also up above her knee that seems be out of place. we rub her leg, and it seems to pop back into place. we do feel a little pop, but to me it feels like Im pushing the muscle back into place. she's not having pain nor movement with any sign of pain. how would I know if its a teared ligament or joint that is out of place??

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It sounds like Somera may have a luxating patella which should be checked by your Veterinarian, the patella pops out of its groove and can cause leg stiffness and then it pops back and the dog is like normal again. Without examining Somera, I cannot say for sure that is the cause, but it is what I am suspecting. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Angie
Wirehaired Dachshund
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Low Energy

Hello!!! my dog angie had a traumatic fall off our 4th floor terrace 3 weeks ago. She has fractured her pelvic bone. She was in bed rest since then. Today we took Angie to the hospital and the Xray revealed right side of her pelvic bone is Dislocated, the other side pretty much healed over time. She now limps and tries to walk with 3 legs and lying in bed all the time, has very low energy. Vets are not suggesting surgery because she just went through a critical herniated diaphragm surgery right after the traumatic accident and its too risky to go for another surgery so soon. She has been advised to go for hydrotherapy/ swimmming twice a week for a couple of months to gain back her muscle strength in the legs. But vet says it is unlikely she will recover 100% and run around like she used to. We are heartbroken. Can a dislocated bone heal over time just by swimming? What are the prognosys? Please help and advise. Thank you..

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Each case should be taken on a case by case basis, surviving a four story fall is miraculous in itself; hydrotherapy should considered to improve movement and muscle tone, but any dislocation would depend on the degree of dislocation and I would consider the value in exploring surgical options (case by case). It is unlikely that Angie will be 100% or even 80% after this event, but any movement and walking should be considered as a good outcome given the circumstances. I would recommend consulting with an Orthopaedic Specialist to get their input on Angie’s case. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Maya
Standard Poodle
10 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

What is the recommended treatment for an injury that resulted in moderate hyperextension of the left radiocarpal joint for a standard poodle? If surgery, is joint fusion the only option?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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The treatment will depend on the level of damage to the joint, whether it be splinting and rest, reattachment of the ligaments, or fusion of the joint. Without knowing more about Maya's injury, it is hard for me to comment on her specific situation, but either your veterinarian or a surgeon will be able to assess her injury and give you a more firm treatment plan. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Isla
Boston Terrier
6 Months
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Very small swelling
not walking on it
not walking on kt
Yelp when touched

Hi there, I have a 6 month old Boston terrier. She was playing on my bed with my larger dog and fell off and landed wrong on her back leg. It doesn’t feel broken and don’t see much swelling. When I touch her hip she yelps and whines and she won’t walk on it. I’m not sure if it is a sprain or something else? What can I do to help her? I was trying to hold off on going to the vet after 48 hours to see how it is but I’m kind of worried it’s worse than I think since she’s small. She weighs about 11-12lbs.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Isla is not putting any weight on the leg and is holding the leg up rather than using it at all, it would be best to have her seen right away to be examined. If she is putting a little weight, it should be okay to monitor for 24 hours to see if she gradually puts more weight on the leg. If it is a sprain or strain, she should become progressively more comfortable throughout the day.

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Lyla
Yorkshire Terrier
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

clicking cracking noise

Hello! My yorkie is 6 years old. A couple weeks ago a "clicking" noise started happening in her front leg. She has not appeared to be in any pain, still walks, runs a little, gets on and off the couch no problem. She has been eating normally etc. I have moved her leg around and can not mimic the sound which makes me believe it is her hip, but once again no pain when I mess with it. I do not want to go get an x-ray if it doesn't appear to be bothering her but it really bothers ME! My mom suggested getting the joint/hip treats from the pet store. Is there anything else I should be doing? Is this normal? Thanks!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that I might start with an examination by your veterinarian. They may not need to take x-rays, and may be able to diagnose what is going on with Lyla by looking at her and manipulating her joints. They'll be able to let you know if further testing or treatment is needed, or if joint supplements are enough.

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Switzer
Labrador
8 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

My 8 months old Labrador is having swollen joint on right leg. It’s kinda fluid inside. It’s painless.
What is that and how can it be cured?
Please guide.
Thanks

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Large breed dogs are prone to bone and joint problems, which may cause swellings, Abscesses or trauma can also appear that way. It would be best to have Switzer examined by your veterinarian to determine the cause for the swelling and get treatment if needed. I hope that he does well.

Thank you Dr. Michele for the advice.

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Diesel
Siberian Husky
12 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Clicking noise in hips/back legs
Unable to walk/stand on rear right.

Medication Used

Meloxidyl
Gabapentin

Evening, I’ve just walked my 12 yr old Siberian husky and he seems to have fallen (it was dark so I didn’t see the fall but the ground was flat). He yelped & hasn’t been able to walk on it since, but I’ve checked for cuts and cannot see anything. He had a cruciate ligament operation on the rear left leg about three years ago, and tonight has fallen on the rear right leg. We struggled Home together and I noticed there was clicking in his hip area.
He is already on meloxidyl & gabapentin for his arthritis... do you think he’s likely to have torn his other ligament? What could the clicking be?
He’s eating & drinking fine & I plan to take him to the vets tomorrow but any help/ideas would help me sleep tonight.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. If he is on medication for arthritis, it is possible that the fall was very painful with his hips, and the medication that you have him on will give him some relief until you can get in to see your veterinarian in the morning. Keeping his hips and knees warm, using a warm compress (but not too hot or it will burn his skin) and making sure that he has a padded sleeping area will help tonight, as well. Your veterinarian will be able to assess his cruciate ligaments, and hips, in the morning and decide the best course of action. I hope that everything goes well for Diesel.

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Bullet
Jack Russell Terrier
9 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Hesitant to walk

Medication Used

Tramadol

Hi my 9 year old Jack Russell has pain in his left leg between the hip and knee area. He’s still eating and drinking but, has been hesitant to walk, get out of bed and almost refuses to poop. Sometimes he trembles just lying still and occasionally will cry when picking him up. Last night it seemed he couldn’t get comfortable and was basically up the whole night. Today he’s panting a little more than usual. This is the second time he’s been this way, first time they took full X-rays and said he seems perfectly fine, he was prescribed tramadol and Gabapentin and then sent home. He was ok for a little while but within two months he’s back to hurting again. They also suggested anti-inflammatory meds which we have yet to try. I’m thinking a torn ligament but I’m just not sure. Please help!

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Bullet may have a torn ligament, or muscle or joint pain, or arthritis. From the pain that you are describing, he probably does need to be on anti-inflammatory medication so that this doesn't continue to be a chronic problem. Some things are fixable, and some are controllable. He should be seen by his veterinarian to have an examination, and they can recommend any medication that he might need. I hope that he is okay.

My 10 yr old Jack Russell has had this limp since ive moved house. While moving he and my labrador was in the back of my car wanting to look out the windows and all, in the process somewhere (not sure if he fell or if the labrador fell on him) he got out and was limping, he was in really bad pain the 1st couple of days but seems to not show any sign of pain now jusf limping, two days after if happened he went to an Emergency Vet and they have said he has torn a ligament in his knee, they only felt ip his leg didnt do xrays or anything. I am trying to see if i can take him to his regular vet tomorrow for a second opinion and wanting to find out if this is how he is going to be or is there something other than surgery we can do to help him. I dont have money for a surgery and dont want him put down, he looks like he could go another couple of yrs, active, no sign of arthritis or any other issues.

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Baby
Blue Heeler
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling

our 2.5 year old Heller had acl tear on 1 leg and 4 weeks later the other acl tore. no healing issues on first leg. second leg Post op. 1 week.. knee swelled, told infection. given antibiotics. 1 week later at check up, swelling down but clear fluid leaking.... told joint fluid. lanced and will drain. Stay on pain meds and antibiotics. 1 week later, Leg wobbly and swollen, X-rays... told crimp came undone and need to go back to surgery to fix. next morning... got the call, found a pocket of infection, cleaned it out and closed up, sent home on stronger antibiotics. come back in a week to reopen and fix the crimp issue. 2 days before to go back to surgery, leg opened up on incision site that was healed 2 weeks ago and bloody clear fluid, swelling, and pus oozing... told to leave pup at vet for flushing... Should we be taking her to a specialist? No fever. drinking and eating like normal, no vomitting or diarrhea. is wearing a cone (almost a month now) and still in a crate.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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If you feel that your Veterinarian isn’t handling the issue you should think about consulting another Veterinarian or a Specialist; however, in these cases it is a case of treating the infection first before going back to repeat the surgery since there needs to be surrounding healthy tissue for healing. Antibiotics (possible culture and sensitivity may be needed if there is no improvement) as well as other supportive care is required; speak with your Veterinarian about your concerns and discuss their plan for Baby. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Raven
Labrador
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My nearly 15 year old lab fell while entering the garage over the threshold and landed on her right front "ankle" joint. She screamed like I've never heard before. I do not see any swelling but she cannot put weight on her right front leg. We live in SC and are currently having a snow storm and cannot leave the house right now. She is laying in her bed right now but does not want to get up. I gave her some aspirin and have a bag of frozen peas on her ankle right now. Is there anything else that I can do to help her? I know I should take her to the vet and am hoping I can do that tomorrow. Thank you for any help you can offer.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Im sorry that Raven had this happen! Until you know what she did, the only things that you can do are rest, and ice. Be careful giving her aspirin, as that can be very hard on dogs' kindeys and stomachs, and can cause GI bleeding. If you can keep her quiet tonight, let her rest, bring her food and water to her so that she doesn't have to move if she doesn't want to, and help her out to urinate and defecate, that will help keep her comfortable tonight. Keeping ise on it should help as well, just make sure to wrap the ice pack in a towel so it isn't right on her skin. Your vet will be able to find out what she did and give her appropriate medications in the morning. I hope that she is okay!

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Kilghara
Rottweiler
3.6years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Kilghara’s front left leg around the shoulder is visibly swollen but started off limping on that leg before the bulge around d shoulder became visible. The vet injected it with anti inflammatory and antibiotics and d limping stopped only for it to return limping again after a day or two and this time with d swell around the left shoulder. I’m really worried and there are no vetinery facilities out here and no well equipped vet clinics in Rwanda.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I understand the issues in Rwanda and that the Veterinary Education in your country is still in its infancy; but there is a Veterinary School in your country and they have a clinic in Ruhengeri which I would highly recommend visiting if you are nearby or are able to make the journey. It i difficult to suggest treatment for an animal without performing an examination first, all I can recommend is rest and pain relief; but I would recommend you visit the Veterinary School if possible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.cavm.ur.ac.rw

Hello all,

The response I got from the New Vision Veterinary Hospital in Ruhengeri, Rwanda I got referred to is as detailed below;

"Dear sir, we did our best to help Kilghara (my male 3.6years old Rottweiler). Radiology and cytology results showed that there is no evidence for metastasis to the other organs. Meanwhile we prescribed the pain killer to reduce the pain. For deciding to remove the mass (by surgery), we need the results of histology. We do not have the equipment for histology but we have possibility to send sample to Vienna"

Please I still need help with my dog and for now the pain killer obviously reduced its pain but the left shoulder area of my dog is still visibly swollen and it still walks with a slight limp. I really do need help please!!!

Regards,

Hello all,

The response I got from the New Vision Veterinary Hospital in Ruhengeri, Rwanda I got referred to is as detailed below;

"Dear sir, we did our best to help Kilghara (my male 3.6years old Rottweiler). Radiology and cytology results showed that there is no evidence for metastasis to the other organs. Meanwhile we prescribed the pain killer to reduce the pain. For deciding to remove the mass (by surgery), we need the results of histology. We do not have the equipment for histology but we have possibility to send sample to Vienna"

Please I still need help with my dog and for now the pain killer obviously reduced its pain but the left shoulder area of my dog is still visibly swollen and it still walks with a slight limp. I really do need help please!!!

Regards,

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Lilly
Chihuahua
9 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Swelling and slight limp
Swelling

I noticed that Lilly started limpimg ever so slightly and her front right ankle was a bit swollen . It doesn't seem to hurt when I touch it, and she's doesn't look like she's in pain, but it still worries me. Our other older chihuahua also had also been limping, but like Lilly, it doesn't seem to hurt her.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Any time a dog is limping, they are having pain of some type. Since I can't examine her, it would be best to have her examined by a veterinarian, as they can examine her, determine what might be going on, and give her any necessary treatment. I hope that she is okay.

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Lucy
rotweiler cross
4 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Hi there
One of my dogs named Lucy has only 3 legs - 2 front and back leftt. Her front right was very swollen 3 days ago ( we walk 5kms every evening) all the way up and down and was evidently sore as she whimpered if I touched it. Today the leg is normalbut the area around her top (elbow?) joint is like a large sack filled with fluid. I am giving her an anti-inflamatory called metacam and she takes mobiflex each day as I worry about her specifically as she already only has 3 legs.Any suggestions? I walk my 4 dogs every night so should I not let Lucy walk? Thanks for any help!
Deborah

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Since Lucy only has three legs, you definitely don't want to miss anything that might be happening in one of those! Since I cannot see her or diagnose anything, it would be best to have her examined by your veterinarian to see if she has an abscess, cellulitis, bursitis, or any other condition that might cause those types of signs. I hope that everything is okay with her!

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Lucy
Pointer
10 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Inflammation
Swollen Joints

I have a 10-12 year old English Pointer (a "rescue", so age not certain) who has always been a running machine. We typically put about 1000 miles a year in on the local trail. Recently I've noticed that one of her rear tarsal/hock joints is swollen to a bit more than double that of the other leg. It doesn't seem to be giving her much trouble - she's still up for an 8-mile run, but she's clearly not using the leg as much for power as she did before and her speed is down from about 10-12mph average to about 8mph. Palpating the joint does not appear to cause her any pain, nor does moving it through its full range of motion. The joint appears to be slightly inflamed - temperature is 3-5ºF warmer than the healthy joint. Moving the tarsal bones laterally did produce some "clicking" in the joint. I'm not thinking it's a particularly serious condition, that she probably just "overdid" it a bit on one of the runs, but I would like to know the best way to rest the joint to give it a chance to heal up. Is compression bandaging recommended? Extended rest? Light to moderate exercise (knock the runs down from 8 miles to 2?) Cutting out runs for a while in favor of walking? Any supplements that may contribute to joint health? Other general suggestions to promote joint health and recovery?

Thanks!

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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In these cases it is always best to offer strict rest to relieve any stress on the joint; a visit to your Veterinarian would be recommended to examine the joint and to possibly take an x-ray just to look for any other issues as the tarsal joints are comprised of numerous different articulation surfaces. There are many supplements for joint health, but it would be wise to check in with your Veterinarian first and offer strict rest until you do. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Charlie
Labrador
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

Hello! I noticed my 11 year old lab mix was not walking fully on his back leg I also noticed his bone/joint near his rear is sticking out but he lets me push on it rub up and down his leg he's not in pain at all. Is not putting full weight on that leg.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Without seeing Charlie, I can't comment on what might be going on with him, but it would be a good idea to have him seen by your veterarian, as they will be able to examine him, assess whether he is painful or if anything is going on with him that needs to be addressed. I hope that he is okay!

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Milo
Mix
8 Years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Limping

My dog went outside and returned with a hole and fragments near the joint of one of his front legs. He does not put pressure on the leg, and hobbles on three legs. After two veterinarians opinions and some minor procedures, he is still in pain. We are medicating him with his prescriptions, but can you provide any other tips to accelerate and aide his recovery?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Unfortunately, without more information on what is actually happening with him, I can't comment on how to make his recovery easier. It would be best to ask one of the veterinarians who actually saw him, diagnosed him and prescribed medication for him what his expected recovery might be. If he is still in pain, perhaps he needs different, or additional pain medications. iI hope that he is okay.

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Badger
Border Collie
10 yrs
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Our border collie had his cruticrate ligament replaced 2 yrs ago after tearing it completely. In the past 3 mths he has begun to have difficulty in getting up and only lays down in a particular way. He now runs with both legs moving in the dame direction as each other but when walking one nack hock is clearly sticking out while the other isn't. In the last couple of weeks je has begun shacking while standing in his hind legs.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There is an increase in arthritis risk in dogs which have had a ruptured cruciate ligament and this should be followed up with your Veterinarian to examine the leg, compare it with the other leg and determine pain as well as mobility. Without examining Badger, I cannot give you any specifics but joint supplements (if you are not using already) would be a good addition. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Bella
Boston Terrier
2 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Limping
Joint swelling

My 2 year old Boston Terrier is a ball crazy girl. She was at a rescue ranch facility that we work with and that we actually got her from where she was playing ball outside. She had jumped to get the ball and landed wrong and had hurt herself. We gave her some left over rimadyl we had to help with the pain but she isn’t walking on the leg and her joint looks swollen. It’s been the next day and she still isn’t walking on it and yelps when she applies weight to it. What can we do to help her? Will it get better on its own or does she need to be consulted with a veterinarian?

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Bella isn't getting better with time and medications, she needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. Strains or sprains tend to get better over a little time, especially with anti-inflammatory medication, but dislocations, fractures and tendon injuries do not. Your veterinarian will probably want to take an x-ray to see what has happening to that leg, and will be able to let you know what treatment will be needed.

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Lena
Whippet
11 Months
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Inflammation
Joint Inflammation

Swollen Wrist Joint in 11 month old very active whippet. Not limping or reacting to touch (no pain). Quite a lot of protruding fluid surrounding the joint.
Is still running around and happy, eating etc.
Should I be worried? Thanks, Zara

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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While it is positive that Lena isn't limping or reactive to palpation of that joint, swelling in any joint isn't normal, and it would be a good idea to have her seen to figure out what is going on, as she is a young dog. A veterinarian will be able to examine her, assess the joint, and determine if there is anything to worry about.

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Milo
Miniature Australian Shepherd
15 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My 14 month old miniature Australian Shepherd fractured one of his front leg "elbow" joint 5 weeks ago. our Vetenarian told us because of the location of the break, he chose to not splint it because there was a large chance the joint would freeze up and never be able to use it. Hour little guy isnt in as much pain, but he still does not weight bear on it. he is moving it a bit, i.e., scratching the bottom of his crate when moving a toy. I am concerned that we should have sought a second opinion and possibly surgery. May be too late, now. Any advice is appreciated. He is a wonderful doctor, but I am concerned there should have been more than pain medication and crating him to be sure he didnt reinjure. Thank you.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Without examining Milo and seeing the x-rays (before and now) I cannot say whether or not there should be splinting, casting, surgery or another management practice; if the bone has an incomplete fracture, rest and pain management may be sufficient depending on which part of the elbow joint was affected (anconeal process etc…). If you have concerns, you should consult another Veterinarian or send the x-rays off to PetRays for another opinion by an Orthopaedic Specialist. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM www.petrays.com

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Roxy
Cross between staff and labrador
2 1/2 years
Mild condition
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Mild condition

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Limping

My dog has a mild limp which is normally most noticeable when she gets up after sleeping. She is only 2 1/2 so assume she has done something to it during exercise. She is not in any pain and there is no swelling I can see. I am not walking her very much as I thought it may need rest but when I do, she is still able to run without a problem. I am hesitant to take her to the vet as she I have been to the vet 3 times in 3 weeks for other things and it is getting expensive.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
2996 Recommendations

Some dogs get limps, just like humans do if there is a sprain or other injury. Many times strict rest and movement restriction helps, but if there is a more serious injury an x-ray may be required. Some types of sprains may take a week or more to resolve, short walks on the lead (or leash) with minimal excitement would be best. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Thank you for your response Dr Turner. How will I know whether it is a more serious injury and an x-ray is necessary? Is it okay to leave it for two weeks and see if she is better, or would you recommend that she must see a vet. There is nothing obvious and she is in no pain as I have put pressure all along her foot and up to her shoulder. Many thanks

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cool
lababrador
14 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Heavy Breathing

We have a labrador 14 years and she has difficult walking with her front left leg. The right front leg is straight but the left one has a slight bend to the left from ankle joint to the paw.What can we do to fix this problem. She has suffers other condition but this is making it uncomfortable for her to walk.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Please do not try to splint the leg as this may cause more complications than it is worth; if you are noticing a deviation of the leg you should allow Cool to have plenty of rest and visit your Veterinarian after the holidays to determine what the underlying cause of the deviation is. Without examining the leg or taking an x-ray I cannot give you any constructive advice and as I have mentioned splinting the leg without a diagnosis is irresponsible. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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