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    The latest:

    I just picked up Bella from daycare and I spoke with the vet. She said that she felt Bella's leg all over and she doesn't seem hurt at all. The vet says there's a definite limp, though. It's with her right front leg, and Bella lifts her head as she walks to keep the pressure off the leg. Because Bella doesn't show any pain when the vet feels along her leg, she thinks it might be higher up in the shoulder, and it might only bother her when she puts pressure on it. She said it might be an injured tendon.

    Whatever it is, it doesn't slow her down at all!

    She gave us more Rimadyl, and she said they'll look at the xrays that we're getting tomorrow (and they'll send them off for a radiologist's review, which I'm happy about). The xrays are Orthopaedic xrays, which get images of the whole chest, and both legs for a comparison.

    She seems to think the xrays wouldn't show anything wrong, though. She said that if they don't see anything on the xrays, and Bella is still limping, she'll recommend me to an Orthopaedic specialist, who may have more knowledge.

    In my heart, I feel that Bella hasn't rested enough to heal her initial injury. So, depending on what the xrays show, I want to make her rest for a couple of weeks (like some of you guys said), and I think I'm going to give her supplements. If she's still limping after a good, long rest, I'll see what the Orthopaedic dr says.

    Aren't NuVet supplements for bone strength? Should I give her those?

    Does that sound like a good plan?

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    Default Re: Sports injury limp or something else?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    The latest:

    I just picked up Bella from daycare and I spoke with the vet. She said that she felt Bella's leg all over and she doesn't seem hurt at all. The vet says there's a definite limp, though. It's with her right front leg, and Bella lifts her head as she walks to keep the pressure off the leg. Because Bella doesn't show any pain when the vet feels along her leg, she thinks it might be higher up in the shoulder, and it might only bother her when she puts pressure on it. She said it might be an injured tendon.

    Whatever it is, it doesn't slow her down at all!

    She gave us more Rimadyl, and she said they'll look at the xrays that we're getting tomorrow (and they'll send them off for a radiologist's review, which I'm happy about). The xrays are Orthopaedic xrays, which get images of the whole chest, and both legs for a comparison.

    She seems to think the xrays wouldn't show anything wrong, though. She said that if they don't see anything on the xrays, and Bella is still limping, she'll recommend me to an Orthopaedic specialist, who may have more knowledge.

    In my heart, I feel that Bella hasn't rested enough to heal her initial injury. So, depending on what the xrays show, I want to make her rest for a couple of weeks (like some of you guys said), and I think I'm going to give her supplements. If she's still limping after a good, long rest, I'll see what the Orthopaedic dr says.

    Aren't NuVet supplements for bone strength? Should I give her those?

    Does that sound like a good plan?

    Thank God I have you guys! Bella and I are so grateful!
    Cali- We went through something similar with Wellie recently.

    We did see an Orthopedic vet and he didn't even bother with x-rays. He checked him over (very roughly but they need to in order to find where the pain is coming from) and determined
    it was in his right elbow. Said it can take up to 6 weeks to heal provided he's resting most of the time.
    We were only allowed to take him on short bathroom walks. No playing, no running, nothing. Rest and 50mg of Rimadyl twice a day.
    If two weeks later on the re-check he didn't show any improvement, then they were going to x-ray.

    We went back and while he was still limping, he barely showed any pain at the next exam. So back to Rimadyl and rest. This time 50mg once a day for 2 more weeks.

    In total, I had Wellie on rest for over 6 weeks but he's fine now and there hasn't been any limping in over a month.
    I think the rest is even more important than the Rimadyl.
    There's really no way around it, you have to keep her calm. If she's really high strung, that may require crating. But whatever it is, it needs time to heal.


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    Default Re: Sports injury limp or something else?

    The vet didn't seem to think the xrays would reveal anything, but to be honest, I want them just to ease my mind. I will put her on extreme rest and I'll see if she improves. I guess I'll give it a couple of weeks and see if she feels better.

    I'm curious, though...do you think I should see the Ortho right away?
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    I'd wait and I would do exactly like you're planning to do and put her on extreme rest. There's so many things that it could be and your momma instinct is probably right on. If there isnt significant improvement in a week then I'd make an appt.

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    Soft tissue injuries take a long time to heal and can easily be re injured. Rest and mess are the best option, but it's tough for dogs to follow those orders. Now Mabel on the other hand would be easy to keep down.




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    Sending Loads of Love, Prayers and Positive Thoughts to your Sweet Bella.

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    Another update:

    (I hope you guys don't mind the constant updates, but it helps me to have all this info in one place. lol)

    They did the xrays today. Two doctors looked at them, and they don't see anything irregular. They did make note of a small shadow on the elbow, but the doctor said that it could be nothing. The xrays were sent to the radiologist, who will review them and have a better diagnosis. I feel really good about getting the xrays. If nothing else, it gives me peace of mind. It crushes me when I see her limp. She's just a baby! Anyway, knowing that we had xrays done will keep me from thinking it's something terrible.

    They should have the radiologists thoughts within a day or so.

    They told me to give her the Rimadyl tonight and again Saturday night, and see how she does during the days after that. Of course, also keeping her pretty inactive.

    In 6 weeks (or however long I keep her inactive), she's really going to hate me. LOL! Keep in mind, I still have to clean her tight tail pocket everyday. She runs from me when I have the treats and cotton balls in hand. AHHHHHHHH! I might need a drink... (Sorry! )
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    Another update:

    (I hope you guys don't mind the constant updates, but it helps me to have all this info in one place. lol)

    They did the xrays today. Two doctors looked at them, and they don't see anything irregular. They did make note of a small shadow on the elbow, but the doctor said that it could be nothing. The xrays were sent to the radiologist, who will review them and have a better diagnosis. I feel really good about getting the xrays. If nothing else, it gives me peace of mind. It crushes me when I see her limp. She's just a baby! Anyway, knowing that we had xrays done will keep me from thinking it's something terrible.

    They should have the radiologists thoughts within a day or so.

    They told me to give her the Rimadyl tonight and again Saturday night, and see how she does during the days after that. Of course, also keeping her pretty inactive.

    In 6 weeks (or however long I keep her inactive), she's really going to hate me. LOL! Keep in mind, I still have to clean her tight tail pocket everyday. She runs from me when I have the treats and cotton balls in hand. AHHHHHHHH! I might need a drink... (Sorry! )
    excellent update. Good News.
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    I hope and pray that she'll accept the fact that she can't run around, thank you for these updates.

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    Best wishes for lots of rest and healing Bella!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cali Doll View Post
    Another update:

    (I hope you guys don't mind the constant updates, but it helps me to have all this info in one place. lol)

    They did the xrays today. Two doctors looked at them, and they don't see anything irregular. They did make note of a small shadow on the elbow, but the doctor said that it could be nothing. The xrays were sent to the radiologist, who will review them and have a better diagnosis. I feel really good about getting the xrays. If nothing else, it gives me peace of mind. It crushes me when I see her limp. She's just a baby! Anyway, knowing that we had xrays done will keep me from thinking it's something terrible.

    They should have the radiologists thoughts within a day or so.

    They told me to give her the Rimadyl tonight and again Saturday night, and see how she does during the days after that. Of course, also keeping her pretty inactive.

    In 6 weeks (or however long I keep her inactive), she's really going to hate me. LOL! Keep in mind, I still have to clean her tight tail pocket everyday. She runs from me when I have the treats and cotton balls in hand. AHHHHHHHH! I might need a drink... (Sorry! )
    this made me lol, Bass runs the second I get out the cotton balls, Q-tips and destine! He is not a fan of nose rope/tail pocket maintenance either.
    My love to sweet Bella!

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    My 7 year old female had TPLO surgery a few months ago and the orthopedic surgeon highly recommended Nutramax Dasuquin with MSM for the rest her life. I ordered it off of Amazon and she recovered very well and is not limping at all. I think this stuff really helped her.

    On a side note: Since he said to order off of Amazon, it doesn't seem he could be getting a kick-back, so I felt more confident trying it since it is expensive.

    Hope Bella feels better soon.

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