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Question Limping and Bow-Legged

I am hoping to get some advice here regarding my Kashi who is now 8 months old. During the Easter Holidays my two dogs were running in the backyard chasing one another as most dogs do. However, after tiring themselves out I noticed that Kashi walked up to the back door with a slight limp. After examining his paws further I noticed some thorns in his fur around his left paw. I removed them but noticed he was still limping. Coincidentally, I had an appointment for their yearly heart worm blood test. While I was there I told the Vet about his limping He suggested that he may have luxating patellas. However, when he walked for the Vet he did not limp. He suggested it may just be a sprain so restrict his activities for ten days and give the leg a chance to heel. Today both my dogs went for a summer hair cut. After bringing him back from the groomers I noticed he seemed to me be walking bow-legged and I also observed that when he stands up from a down position and starts to move his left leg is off the ground and he puts more weight on the right. I am hoping that all he has is a sprain. I feel he is young to be having genetic problems especially since their parents were show dogs and came from good stock.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom for me?
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Leena,

Have no idea, maybe one of the more knowledgeable members will respond.



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Leena, when you say he is walking bow-legged, do you mean his leg looks bowed, or he is walking with his legs kind of splayed out as if he is uncomfortable? Did the vet actually examine the patellas? And you didn't say whether it was a back or front leg. An experienced vet can feel the patella and know if it is slipping. It sounds like you might need to go back to the vet and get an x-ray if he can't feel anything and the limping continues.

My Jackson had a limp for a long time that no one could figure out, and it wasn't until we had an x-ray done that we figured out he had a shoulder issue. It was not anything that could be felt, but I knew something was wrong with his shoulder. The good thing is that he now takes supplements and is doing great, but sometimes it's just hard to figure out. Hopefully it's nothing serious, but the vet needs to explore further.

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He's not too young for genetic issues to show up and show dog parents aren't an iron clad guarentee. However it may not be anything genetic at all. Maybe he is only favoring the paw because he got stabbed with thorns and it hurts. Is it a back leg or a front one?
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Not enough experience or knowledge to give advice but I'm hoping it is just a strained muscle. There are many threads on crooked or bowed legs and on CD. Keep us posted and good luck.

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It is the front left leg looks as if it is splayed to the side. I did call the Vet again today. He said the front leg would not be luxating patellas as the front joint is the elbow joint. He recommend I continue to give him glucosamine with chondroiton with MSM for another week and if it does not get better he will then do an x-ray of that leg. As I said since the hair cut it looks pronounced the limping I am just hoping and praying it is nothing serious. Thanks for all your advice guys!
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As I said since the hair cut it looks pronounced the limping I am just hoping and praying it is nothing serious. Thanks for all your advice guys!
I'm confused. Is it the limping that is more pronounced? Or is it bow-legs (curved bones) that is more pronounced? Either way, pictures are always good!

I hope it's nothing serious too!
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It appears as if he is walking with a bow leg. In other words at times he carries the leg as he moves and other times he is running but the bones is curved outwards. I am also hoping it is nothing serious this is my first experience owning pets....

Thanks for your good wishes!
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It could be elbow dysplasia or several other things.

I have to admit, I'm a bit bothered that your vet simply wants you to start adding a supplement to his diet without doing a thorough exam to see if there is a problem that is worsening and could be assisted. Have you considered going to a second veterinarian for an opinion?

A limp is generally indicitive of pain. I can't imagine simply adding a virtually untested dietary supplement (that takes one month to even begin to make a difference!) and by phone no less. In my opinion, your vet isn't very kind-hearted nor sympathetic. I'm sure he wouldn't do that to his own pets or children. He'd seek an answer and help relieve the pain, no?

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My feelings are pretty much the same as Kimberly's. I feel like your vet isn't attempting to diagnose and treat the problem, rather is wanting to see if it's something that will go away. That wait and see attitude is fine once something has been looked at and no problems are found and the dog is not in pain and all.

If it were me, I would want the dog seen as soon as possible to find out exactly what is wrong. I googled elbow dysplasia and the symptoms do sound like that's what it could be. (might not be though-I am not trying to worry you) I just think a vet should see him.
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