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Running on 3 legs? So worried!

Hi All,

Lately we have noticed when Luigi is running he picks up his back right leg and just uses 3 legs to run. Not all the time but most of the time. I am freaking out that he has hip or joint problems based on internet research . Has anyone seen this before? He just had a checkup 2 weeks ago and the vet did a complete exam and he is very happy and healthy otherwise. I just can't stop worrying!

Thank you for any information...
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could just been a cut or scrape on that paw. my little guy did the 3 legged run after heavy salting on the sidewalk burned his paw. it takes a week or so to heal. i'd inspect the pawpad carefully to see if stepped on something or has a small injury.
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I have had rescue havanese that injured her ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and had to have it repaired, it was in an instant, a jump onto my bed that resulted in walking on three legs and not using her right back leg. She had to have surgery to repair the ligament. I suggest that you take your baby to the vet if Luigi continues to walk on three legs today. The vet can easily see if everything is fine and can give you something to ease the inflammation and pain. Good luck. BTW, I think I posted about this experience a few years ago on this forum, her name is Belle.

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I would check the pad carefully for any splinters or something painful lodged in it and if that isnt the case, head to the vet.

I hope its not anything serious!

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Sounds like it could be luxating patellas (slipping kneecaps).
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&A=2448
I would take him back to the vet and have them check his patellas. I hope it's not bad enought that he needs surgery~
I would let his breeder know too.


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Mindy did that with her partially torn ACL. I'd take your dog to the vet to be checked. Mindy is on crate rest and inflamation reliever- we are hoping to avoid surgery.

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Thank you everyone,
Yes, I am concerned it is the patella. We have an appointment today.
Hopefully it will go well,
Thank you again.
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Keep us posted as soon as you know...now that we're worrying too! Hoping for the best...

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Hi,
Im so upset. The vet says its Legg-Perthes Disease. We will know more after the appointment with the surgeon. We saw the x-rays and I feel awful that I did not bring him in sooner. He is sleeping now from sedation for the xray and I am a mess.
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I am sooo sorry you got bad news! Now I gotta look that up, and see what we're up against! I will be prayin' for your boy!

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