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Lily's leg problem

Well we made it to the beach, pups did great on their 2 1/2 drive down. We did have trouble getting into the filthy house,as the cleaning service never showed, and the cable guy never showed - so tonight I finally got online.

Lily got here & seemed very happy. After about an hour or so, she started limping. Her back right leg seems to be having a problem. When you manipulate the leg, she seems to have NO discomfort, does not growl , and does not pull away. But she does limp, and at times will only walk on three legs. Today she seems to be limiting herself on the stairs as we have 3 floorsand she is staying on the kitchen, family room floor. We took her for a walk, she limped at first, then walked fine, then limped again when we got home, but not on the walk. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem might be? Or what we can do for her? I have tried to carry her tubby butt up the stairs to keep pressure off the leg, but we cannot figure out if she is just uncomfortable or really has a problem. We also checked the pads of her foot, thinking that maybe she got a thorn in her pad or something, but nothing!!

Any ideas?? Does anyone ever give their pups tylenol, advil or aspirin?? I plan on emailing my friend at the vets by tomorrow if she is still having problems, but figured with so many of you might have some insight.

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Oh Laurie so sorry to hear the bad start to your vacation.

I hope Lily is doing o.k., it kind of sounds like something that happened to my neighbors dog, she jumped of the couch one night and then started limping the next day. So off to the vets they went to find out she just had a sprained muscle. The vet just told them to exercise it to keep the muscle as loose as possible. She would act the same way, on a walk limp at first then be fine. But then after getting home and relaxing it would tighten up again and she would start limping around. I hope thats all it is with Lily. I think I did hear you can give asprin but I never have had to so would not know how much to give. I would still e-mail or call your friend at the vets tomorrow, it wont be bad to get a professional opinion.

I hope everything turns out O.K. and you enjoy your time at the beach. Make sure you get some water pictures of the kids for Marj's July photo challenge.

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Laurie,
I have a friend who her havanese does this but she had leggs perthesis (sp?) and had surgery but when she walks too much she lifts the one leg. That is usually when she has to carry her. She gives her medication and some pain medication on occasion. Is she doing this all the time or just every once in awhile?

One of my friend's her beagle cut his paw pad on the inside and she didn't see it and it ended up getting infected so he would lift up his back leg.

Sorry I couldn't be of any more help. I would see what you could give her over the counter until you can get back for a vet visit.

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Havee went on a RLH on his leash once, ended up on his belly with a little wimper, got up and limped for the next day and 1/2. I kept an eye on him. Nothing bothered him when I touched his leg, he just limped.

I think he just hurt a muscle and worked it out by himself.

I hope everything is ok with Lily!!! Have a great vacation!

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Laurie, I hope Lily gets better soon - I hope you find out what it is for certain. Big hugs to you both.

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I hope when you get up tomorrow, Lily is better.


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Laurie,

I keep doggie asperine around the house at all times, you can buy it at most pet supply stores. I hope Lily is feeling better.

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If she continues to do that I'd concider a luxating patella more than anything. The most common cause of small breeds walking on three legs like that is a patella problem. Not all vets are good at manipulating patellas well. My regular vet is a great vet, but just not too good at checking patellas, so we go to a different vet for that. If she ever limps on three legs, and then does like a hop or skip when she wants to speed up, then things are ok, then it is likely to be patellas. SOmetimes if they skip like that it will fix itself. If it is a patella problem, inform the breeder, and do not breed her.
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Hi all, Lily is not better but no worse today. Same old same old. I believe it is probably the luxating patella as I was told that she had a slight problem when she was a pup. Actually all three of mine have it but have never had any problem with it. It is strange as she does fine at times, and others she is limping. I am going to try to bath her today to try and see if there is any swelling compared to the other leg. Thanks for your input, I will try to keep you guys advised.
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