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My Desi has been hopping around the house for 2 months on 3 legs. He is healthy, happy, and runs and walks outside without a problem. We tried 2 weeks of rest and prescribed Metacam without any change. An xray was negative as has exams by 3 vets, including an orthopedic specialist. None of them have any ideas. Help! jeff Brown
 

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I don’t know a lot about injuries, but Sundance had an injury around Thanksgiving and it was also unclear what was going on. I do know that after two weeks he only felt better some of the time. I also found I had to slow him down and control his gradual return to normal activity, because he would start to feel better and run and then he would hurt again. But, it sounds like Desi hasn’t reached that point yet. Hopefully you can get some more clear answers! In the meantime, you might keep an eye out for temporary adjustments he might need when he starts feeling better, such as blocking off stairs or controlling access to certain furniture. Our vet said he’d self regulate, and he did a little but not enough.

There are lot of people with more experience with injuries on the forum, hopefully they’ll have better advice!

Does he seem like he’s hurting?
 

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All I can say is that I had to find a good sports medicine vet to sort Kodi out when he injured himself many years ago now. Neither his local vet nor the specialist at the university hospital could offer me more than anti-inflammatories and crate rest. The sports medicine vet diagnosed his problem in minutes and helped relieve his pain with chiro in one session. We needed to go back several more times before it was completely resolved, but it had been going on for several months at that point with NOTHING from the other vets except drugs.
 

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I agree with Karen. Unless they have something blatantly obvious it is sometimes hard to get a good diagnosis. My sister in law’s Westie was in a car accident and limped for months. The vets could not find anything wrong. The dog eventually got better. I would definitely keep him from jumping on/off furniture or doing stairs to give him a better chance to heal. If there are no sports medicine doctors near you wondering if a dog chiropractor might help. I am wondering if the vets you have seen at least have some clue what it might be...say a strain, sprain or pull.
 
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