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Old 02-25-2021, 05:59 AM
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Our 4 year old vizsla has been limping on her 1 front leg off and on for a week plus.

She will be fine then stand up and cannot put any weight on it. 2 hours later it is fine, she is ready to play.

Goes on her normal 5 plus mile run and is fine the rest of the evening. Next morning she comes out of her kennel limping.

no rhyme or reason. We have closely looked at her paw several times. No thorns/cuts. The limping can last for an hour or several.

Other than a trip to the vet (soon) any ideas. If it was a sprain or tendon I would think it would be painfull all the time.

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What's up with the gimpy leg?
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generally most of the time its a front leg issue with dog its related to a cracked nail or infected nail bed or a sprained toe. When you checked the paw pads, did you check each nail for a crack or fracture?

First step either way would be rest, no more 5 mile run for a few days and then start her back slow and lower distances when you do start up again.
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Yes we checked the nails and none are cracked ( she has had that problem)
She does not like having her front feet touched so it is challenging to check if it is a specific toe that is bothering her.
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I wouldnt keep taking her on 5 mile runs if there's a nagging injury. What your dog needs is rest to heal, assuming it is not an inherited/developmental joint issue.

This can take 4 to 6 weeks to heal as long she is limited to leash walking and homebound rest. If the limp doesn't show signs of improving, xrays and vet visit. Some would argue to take her in now to be seen. Vet will likely prescribe an antiinflamatory and tell you the same thing
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go to vet and get her xrayed if it continues or gets worse...I had to put a 5 year old Dobey down for osteo sarcoma, the first sign was the limp
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
Yes we checked the nails and none are cracked ( she has had that problem)
She does not like having her front feet touched so it is challenging to check if it is a specific toe that is bothering her.
Sounds like my husky, she has to be sedated every vet visit or else her teeth come out. I would rest her for a few days before going to the vet personally, but that would be a decision you would need to make. For rest I would block off couches and stairs, best to confine her to a room so she isn't on it much. Generally what I do is keep her in the living room with couches blocked off and I sit on the floor with her while watching tv for a few days. Leash walks for bathroom so there is no running at all. After a few days we still make sure no couch or stairs, but start taking her for 5-10 minute walks and build up from there. If no signs of improvement, I would bring her to the vet. Generally 7-10 days of rest and light activity, before easing back to normal is enough for a small sprain. Again that would be decision for you to make, there are rare scenarios where it could be something much worse as said above, so it would be up to you to determine based on how well you know your dog what step you want to go with first.

Another thing to check, is look in-between toes for redness or signs of licking non stop. My husky when i first got her kept getting infections called pododermatitis. Where it acted exactly like this, it took soaking the foot in diluted in water Povione Iodine for weeks twice a day to clear it up. Spent a lot of money on xrays to find out she had a fungal infection in-between the toes from it being agitated and her licking it non stop.
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Don’t discount Lyme Disease. Often the first sign is limping in front leg.Typical symptoms in dogs include:
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Lameness (can be shifting, intermittent, and recurring)
  • Generalized stiffness, discomfort, or pain
  • Swelling of joints

My lab was limping on front leg, had him tested and it was Lyme


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Is the dog’s name Tiger by any chance?
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Originally Posted by usernamewastaken View Post
Don’t discount Lyme Disease. Often the first sign is limping in front leg.Typical symptoms in dogs include:
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Lameness (can be shifting, intermittent, and recurring)
  • Generalized stiffness, discomfort, or pain
  • Swelling of joints

My lab was limping on front leg, had him tested and it was Lyme
I was going to say this as well.... and it doesn't necessarily have to be "lyme". There are other tick born illnesses that dogs can get. Check for swelling in their lower wrist area. My dog had this and the tenderness would move around. Couple weeks of antibiotics and he was fine. Take your dog to the vet.
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Our GSP started having the same sort of issue two days ago. Fine in the morning. Afternoon rolls around and her right front paw is really sore. Nothing to note as far as inspection goes. It's not the first time she's had this sort of thing happen.

We sometimes think she plays too hard and maybe aggravates an old injury. Even with a sore foot she wants to play fetch.
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Please take your dog to the vet. It could be anything from a muscle strain to cancer.
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Originally Posted by Cleared Hot View Post
Please take your dog to the vet. It could be anything from a muscle strain to cancer.

Exactly, pets will hide their injuries/sickness and by the time you see it...its bad. Take her to the vets ASAP. My little Lab (6 years old) was yelping for no reason every so often and not being social like she usually is. 3 trips to the vet, then a neurologist and an MRI, its a MLO tumor growing into her brain and spinal column. Neurologist said it was beyond operable. So she's loaded up on prednisone, gabapentin and prilosec. She is happy as a clam but its short term. She doent know the meaning of the word 'NO' now. Jumping on furniture, eating as much as she wants, people food, lots of walks, rough housing, unlimited dog treats etc. all approved.

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She's at the vet right now.
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My chessie had the same issue. It went on for almost two months back and forth to two vets. Finally someone referred me to an old school rural vet. I took him Xrays the OTHER vet had done, and it turns out that he had chipped his shoulder where the bicep tendon attaches to the bone. Doc went in and reattched the tendon with a screw and all good.
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I just re-read your post. I would be willing to bet it's the same issue mine had. It was semi-sporadic and no matter what I did, I couldn't make him hurt. Surgery was like $1600
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I got home a little early today. She met me at the door on three legs holding up her paw. I sat down and she jumped up in my lap and took a 45 minute nap.
I finally had to get up and she jumped down on both front legs with no problem. Then she started chasing our male around the house. I let them out where they ran around at full speed. No problem.

Right now she is fine ,an hour from now who knows?
We are going to try to reign her in from running but that will be difficult.
I have to learn how to hobble her.

We are going to watch her a couple more days if no improvement off to the vet. She needs her shots anyway.
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Originally Posted by InTheNet View Post
I got home a little early today. She met me at the door on three legs holding up her paw. I sat down and she jumped up in my lap and took a 45 minute nap.
I finally had to get up and she jumped down on both front legs with no problem. Then she started chasing our male around the house. I let them out where they ran around at full speed. No problem.

Right now she is fine ,an hour from now who knows?
We are going to try to reign her in from running but that will be difficult.
I have to learn how to hobble her.

We are going to watch her a couple more days if no improvement off to the vet. She needs her shots anyway.
If she needs her shots anyway? Take her now. My .02
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If any other family member was limping like that how many days would you wait to take them to a doctor? Now take the dog to the vet. Yes, it'll cost a few bucks. So does your boat. Go.
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Taking a lame dog on a 5 mile run daily? Maybe stop that until the vet sees it.

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