Fiona is limping

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Registered: 01-26-2005
Fiona is limping
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Tue, 03-19-2013 - 7:57pm

Hi there.

My poor little one year old Pit mix pup has been limping on her front paw for the past couple of days.  We thought that it was a sore on her paw, but the sore is starting to look better & the limp is not.  We've been trying to keep her from running around, but she's a very active dog.  We usually go for a jog in the morning & a walk in the evening.  And in between she's running around in the back yard all day when the weather is alright.  It's very difficult to keep her still all day!  We haven't taken her for walks, but she runs around the house when she hears any noise outside.  Being that she's able to run w/out showing any pain, I'm hoping it's not too serious.  I just don't want to take her to the vet for them to charge us an arm & a leg just so they can tell us to have her rest.  

Anyone have any expierience w/this?  Any suggestions on how to keep her from running around so much for a few days so it can heal?  If it's some kind of sprain or fracture in her bone, what could a vet do anyway?

Thanks!

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 4:32pm

Poor {{{Fiona}}}...I'm so sorry she's having this problem.

A couple of months ago Cleo came home from the dog park limping...DH said that she charged the gate with some other dogs and must have sprained her leg.  It took a while but she finally stopped limping.  I did give her one baby aspirin for a couple of days....but I've found that Cleo has no tolerance for meds so I had to stop.

It takes a "lot" for some dogs to show pain; Cleo wanted to run and go for walks even though she was limping; I had to be strong and not let her go the dog park until she was completely well.

Do you have a crate for Fiona?  If so, maybe you should leave her in the crate for a few hours a day so that she can't run around.  Also, you might want to carefully massage her leg....I did that with Cleo.  It might make her feel better.

Of course, if it continues then you might want to take her to the vet.  But I also know how you feel...if I thought that Cleo was seriously injured I would have taken her in a heartbeat...thankfully it worked itself out.

Good luck...and please give Fiona an extra kiss for me.  Please let me know how she is doing.

Laura
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Registered: 01-26-2005
Wed, 03-20-2013 - 7:22pm

Thanks for the reply.

We do not crate her anymore.  I did think that'd be an easy way to keep her still for a while, but we don't even have it anymore.  She's getting completely stir crazy not getting her normal excersize.  She does look a tiny bit better today.  Hopefully it will work itself out.  I'm glad that you don't think I'm a horribly doggy mommy for not wanting to take her to the vet.  

Thanks again!

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Thu, 03-21-2013 - 10:18am

Of course not...as I said....if Cleo had continued limping I would have definitely taken her to the vet because she might have needed a stronger pain med than just baby aspirin...but after keeping her relatively calm by not letting her go to the park, she was better.  In fact after she was a bit better DH "had" to take her to the park and she came back limping again...that's when I really put my foot down.  It took almost a full month before she was completely better.

Try to notice when she limps more....Cleo would limp after she was lying down for a while, and then seemed OK...so I felt that the muscle was just "cold" and had to work itself out.  I was fearful because when I had my beloved Ylab ^Valentine^ she had torn her ACL in her knee....and limping after lying down was the first symptom we saw.

Laura
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Registered: 01-26-2005
Sat, 03-23-2013 - 3:10pm

I have noticed that it is worse after she has been lying down for a long time.  She's looking better though.  Yesterday I finally took her on her first walk in almost a week.  She was estatic!  We didn't go too far; partially because it was unpleasently cold.  The weather here is beautiful today, & we took another moderate stroll.  I think I'll keep her on a short walk a day schedule (and jog w/out her, which is really boring), until she wakes up w/out limping.  It is getting better, but not completely gone.  Thanks for the support.  :)

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Registered: 10-16-2002
Sun, 03-24-2013 - 2:51pm

I'm glad that it's getting better and she's going to be able to get out for walks again. We've had enough experience now with temporary limps and such to know that it's worth giving it some time to see if it appears to be getting better or worse. We've had a dog who ended up with surgery and then more than once where it worked itself out over a few days and didn't need medical attention. You just have to use your best judgement and in Fiona's case it sounds like she's improving so hopefully that will continue and she'll be fully recovered soon!