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Limping when Ollie wakes up?

Whenever Ollie wakes up from a nap, he will limp (his front left leg) for the first 5 minutes or so. After that, he is walking and jumping just fine. It's been going on for the past 2 months. I thought it's a bit odd, but he seems fine overall. Over the Memorial Day weekend, Ollie had a lot of playdates. He was limping in the afternoon. so, I brought him to the vet on Tues. The vet checked his neck, shoulder, elbows, toes, and paws. Nothing seems to bother him. Vet said Ollie might have sprained his elbow or simply a growing pain. Nevertheless, he prescribes anti-inflammatory med to Ollie for 5 days. He said no jumping, long walk and dog park for 2 weeks. If he is still limping after 2 weeks, he will then order x-ray.

I have been keeping him home. But, he still runs around the house like a Tasmanian devil and jumps on and off sofa. Am I supposed to crate him the whole time? How to limit his activity?
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Tux had the very same symptoms and exact same prescription from vet. The anti-inflammatory seemed to do the trick. Once or twice since then (over a month or two) he has shown a teeny limp for a few seconds but seems to go back to normal. The main thing the vet said was to have them avoid jumping OFF of furniture. We would try to anticipate his actions and lift him down from the furniture. The best way to stop them from running around is a distraction. You could put a "safety-net" of bed pillows at the base of the sofa so when he jumps it is not such and impactful action. Good luck.
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Have you had him checked for Lyme's? My Mom's dog and my sister's both had it and limping was one of the symptoms (really the only visible symptom)
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No, Ollie is on Nexgard. So, I think he is protected from ticks.
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No, Ollie is on Nexgard. So, I think he is protected from ticks.
None of the tick preventatives are 100%. I would definitely consider getting a Lyme titer.
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No, Ollie is on Nexgard. So, I think he is protected from ticks.
So was my Mom's dog (well, on Advantix) and I think my sister's (though not 100% sure of that one) - like Karen said, none are 100% effective.
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So was my Mom's dog (well, on Advantix) and I think my sister's (though not 100% sure of that one) - like Karen said, none are 100% effective.
Yes, my dogs have Advantix II on them all through the tick season, and last year Kodi titered as "exposed" to Babesiosis (though he did not have titer high enough to warrant treating) and this year, though she had no symptoms, when we did our annual titers, Pixel had a Lyme titer high enough that she needed treatment. (a month on abx)
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Just a quick update on Ollie -

After one week of the medication and restricted activities, I see no improvement whatsoever. So instead of waiting for more time to pass, I took Ollie back to the vet for some X-rays. My vet's initial diagnosis is a congenital defect on his left elbow. He has given us a few orthopedic surgeon referrals as he believes they could give us a definite answer and best treatment plan. Long story short, the orthopedic surgeon has confirmed Ollie has Angular Limb Deformity. We have now scheduled the surgery on next Wed.

I am sad and nervous at the same time. I am also really worried about the post-op recovery period. Thank you Heather Glen for sharing Scout's experience. I just hope everything goes smoothly as plan...
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So sorry that Ollie needs surgery. I hope things go smoothly and that he has a quick recovery.
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Just a quick update on Ollie -

After one week of the medication and restricted activities, I see no improvement whatsoever. So instead of waiting for more time to pass, I took Ollie back to the vet for some X-rays. My vet's initial diagnosis is a congenital defect on his left elbow. He has given us a few orthopedic surgeon referrals as he believes they could give us a definite answer and best treatment plan. Long story short, the orthopedic surgeon has confirmed Ollie has Angular Limb Deformity. We have now scheduled the surgery on next Wed.

I am sad and nervous at the same time. I am also really worried about the post-op recovery period. Thank you Heather Glen for sharing Scout's experience. I just hope everything goes smoothly as plan...
I'm so sorry to hear this. Poor little guy! But good that you are on top of it, and getting him treatment so young! Make sure you let your breeder know. This is something that they may want to keep in mind for future breeding decisions.
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