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Old 03-20-2018, 07:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
 

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my dog has been limping

So I have a blue nose 65lb male, the love of my life, 1 yr 3 months old, he injured his left arm, i think wrestling dogs at the park but not for sure, 5 days still limping took him to the vet, he put him on anti-inflammatory, a week later still limping, also no playing and no walks, so we did x-rays no broken bones, still on anti- inflammatory, now 3 in a half weeks later still limping i have him on cbd oil for 2 days hoping it will help him, he doesnt cry when you touch or massage it, can't figure this out, wondering if this has happened to anyone else out there?, i think the next step is a CT scan.
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Old 03-21-2018, 03:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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Hi, have you tried going to a rehab specialist? My dog recently injured his knee and was not seeming to recover. My regular vet suspected a partial ligament tear and said it was only a matter of time for the knee. Rather than run tests or scans, we took him to a rehabilitation specialist. They analyze his movement and muscles to help him increase mobility and balance his muscles. Due to his particular body shape, he puts a lot of pressure on his front and is weak in the back. We have workouts we do at home and then visit periodically for some re-evaluation and muscle building. I highly recommend it. That vet also had a much better understanding of how his joint structure differs from dogs of other shapes and what potential problems we might run across. I don't know if you live in a place where this is an option. Good luck.
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Also, mine is 66 lbs and 2.5 yrs.
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Thanks, that sounds great
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Old 03-21-2018, 05:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I believe most here will discourage taking a pit to the dog park. It could be an accident waiting to happen.

In any event, I hope the limping is not serious or permanent. If x-rays are negative, that's a good sign. Please keep us updated.
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Old 03-21-2018, 06:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
 

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thanks for caring, i did take him on a walk finally, is has been now a month, since he is a toddler he is going stir crazy not being able to walk, he even ran a little, i am over protective and obsessed with this dog, but i cant help it i love him so much, i was also thinking of water therapy?
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Crate rest is almost always the best bet for a leg injury to give it time to heal before using it again and possibly damaging it further.
"therapy" is generally utilized AFTER the healing process.
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Old 03-21-2018, 11:15 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Crate rest is almost always the best bet for a leg injury to give it time to heal before using it again and possibly damaging it further.
"therapy" is generally utilized AFTER the healing process.
THIS.
the dog needs down time. or you are risking permanent damage.
it's probably a sprain. 10-14 days crate rest. potty breaks only. no walkng. no exercise. no playing. and definitely no jumping.
if you know the general area of the injry you can use an icepack 2 or 3 times a day. chew toys and crate games to keep him occupied and prevent boredom and depression.
slowly back to short walks in 2 weeks. patience is key. less is more. slower is better.
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Old 03-28-2018, 07:05 PM   #9 (permalink)
 

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update on charger

So Charger has been limping for over a month, i have done x-rays, anti-imflamatory's no dog park, and no walking for over a month, So i wanted to try CBD oil and i have for a week and a half and Charger is way better, we have been walking and running for a week so i LOVE CBD oil. So happy my baby is doing better. thanks every one for caring
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So Charger has been limping for over a month, i have done x-rays, anti-imflamatory's no dog park, and no walking for over a month, So i wanted to try CBD oil and i have for a week and a half and Charger is way better, we have been walking and running for a week so i LOVE CBD oil. So happy my baby is doing better. thanks every one for caring
CBD is a good supplement, but I would continue with the crate rest and minimal movement at least two weeks after limping stops completely. Bulldogs tend to show less pain then they are actually feeling. Overdoing it will only cause more damage and that damage could possibly be permanent.
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"i was also thinking of water therapy?"

We do that every other week as part of our rehabilitation.

Although I agree with the advice about some rest, and rested my dog when he was injured, he was stiffening up in the crate too.

A vet who specializes in rehabilitation will advise rest as well so it is not as if you would go to them and they start pushing the rehab before the dog is ready. They also can talk you through incrementally building in activity. The things they can observe are amazing too. Just this week, our tech recognized a muscle response in his back that influenced her to add something to our at home work. They have a unique skill set, but the place I go, they are phenomenal.
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Old 04-28-2018, 08:20 PM   #12 (permalink)
 

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I'm not sure if this would help, but hip and joint supplement? They have chews with Glucosamine and Chondroitin or the extra strength is liquid for absorption like this product: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00H1CLRA2 Many dogs take these as health supplements, but I'd imagine they might help too for recovery depending on the injury. Unlikely to hurt at least.
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Old 04-28-2018, 09:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
 

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Our dog was limping but not because of a specific incident. She was under 1 year old, so it was concerning. After some vet visits and an xray, it was diagnosed to be a genetic hip / joint issue. The limp was so bad at one point that I would sometimes notice her descending stairs on 3 legs with 1 leg rescinded. Part of the treatment was change in diet from Pro Plan puppy to a food with main ingredient salmon. We also spoiled her with a can of canned salmon once a week. She didn't like the salmon based dog food at first, but she eventually started eating it. Eventually she stopped eating well, but she would eat her friends' food which was meat flavored. So we had to mix in meat flavored food with the salmon flavored to get her to eat well. The supplements recommended were - Condrox and Artrifin. I've done research and these are basically human health supplements manufactured in central america with glucosamine y chondroitin. Being human medicine, they are relatively expensive, but we noticed when we backed off too heavily, the limp started coming back ever so slightly. We also reduced exercise and other typical similar recommendations from the vet, but due to the combined factors, she experienced a great recovery and went from consistently limping with pain into what appears to be a complete and pain free existence. After more research into human leg injury recovery, I found that many athletes are recommended to take glucosamine sulfate as part of a supplement regimenyt. There are massive benefits including relieving joint pain and slowing joint degeneration, two major benefits to any dog limping from a limb injury. But glucosamine is slow to act, so you might not see much results / improvement until after a month or more of treatment. That said, I would recommend to anyone with a limping dog to highly consider rotating their diet across food brands or main ingredients (chicken, lamb, beef, bison, duck, etc) and maybe mixing in a different higher quality ingredient treats made from fish or an ingredient with nutritional diversity to their main food source to cover some potential nutrition deficiencies. Also glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are available in many dog products like little treats you give once a day or as a concentrated liquid form. I'm not sure how recommended it would be, but what worked for me and could work for others, is try giving them human supplements like was prescribed to my pit in Costa Rica where we did not have access to pet marketed supplements. I'm not sure what the equivalent of Condrox and Artrifin are where you live, but my impression is they were something like Arthritis medication. I couldn't find the exact formula for Condrox but Artrifin looks to be little more than glucosamine and chondroitin. If your dog has a specific injury from something like wrestling, glucosamine supplements can only help the body recover from a nutrition perspective whereas a dog with poor nutrition / food quality might have a more difficult recovery for a leg injury.
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