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    I noticed my girl has been limping on her front left leg from time to time. She acts totally normal, she would chase the ball and run around at full speed and show no signs of pain. The last few weeks we noticed she limps for a few steps but would go back to normal walking. She is an active 50 lb 11 month old puppy but still concerned about the limp.

    I checked her paws and see no signs of cuts or infections, I touch her legs and she doesn't yelp in pain. She doesn't limp every day, but some days more than others.

    Is this just a growth spurt?, let me know your thoughts. She acts totally fine, eating and sleeping well.

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    Default Re: Limping...Sometimes

    Is her shoulder tender? Do you have stairs or does she jump down from the couch? Might be a very slight shoulder strain.

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    When we go for a walk she has to take 5 steps down stairs and she does jump on and off the couch a few times a day.

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    I would limit play for a week or 2 and see if it helps any. Was there ever a big limp like when it first got hurt? Cutty has hurt himself before and eventually stopped limping. This last time he continued to keep the limp up very slightly so it had me take him in. Had a torn acl and when they did the surgery the surgeon said he had damaged his knee before cuz there is arthritis build up. Not sure that having him looked at before could have prevented that tho if it wasnt torn until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cali~jenn View Post
    I would limit play for a week or 2 and see if it helps any.
    +1... I would try this, as its probably just a shoulder strain or something, but if it doesn't get better, I'd get her tested for hip displasia.

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    We never saw a big limp, it's always small and short. Come to think of it, we have wood floors and when we play inside, she slides all over the place, maybe she strained something sliding out. I think we will cut play time down to 2x a week and monitor the progress. When she plays, she goes hard....

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    Default Re: Limping...Sometimes

    Quote Originally Posted by cali~jenn View Post
    I would limit play for a week or 2 and see if it helps any. Was there ever a big limp like when it first got hurt? Cutty has hurt himself before and eventually stopped limping. This last time he continued to keep the limp up very slightly so it had me take him in. Had a torn acl and when they did the surgery the surgeon said he had damaged his knee before cuz there is arthritis build up. Not sure that having him looked at before could have prevented that tho if it wasnt torn until now.
    Torn acl is definitely possible. Bulldogs have a high pain tolerance and tend to mask the pain, I'd have it looked at. Could also just be a sprain though, my Samson sprained his front leg and they just gave him some rimadyl and it healed right up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TessaAndSamson View Post
    Torn acl is definitely possible. Bulldogs have a high pain tolerance and tend to mask the pain, I'd have it looked at. Could also just be a sprain though, my Samson sprained his front leg and they just gave him some rimadyl and it healed right up.
    Same with Larry... was just a sprain but he was on meds and crate rested for 2 weeks. Was a very rough two weeks, I'll tell you that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kozman View Post
    We never saw a big limp, it's always small and short. Come to think of it, we have wood floors and when we play inside, she slides all over the place, maybe she strained something sliding out. I think we will cut play time down to 2x a week and monitor the progress. When she plays, she goes hard....
    I wouldnt let any play for a couple weeks. Torture on them BUT better than surgery and no play. We too have tile and they slip and slide too, very unsafe for them but hard to control.

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    Default Re: Limping...Sometimes

    I'm thinking just a sprain, give her soom rest and limit her play for a few days and see if it gets better. All of mine have done this from time to time when they were younger.
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    Default Re: Limping...Sometimes

    Just last night, Maximus too began limping. His back right leg was the problem. I don't know what happened, but this is the second time this has happened, and the only thing I can contribute it to is him jumping down from the sofa, and he got a slight sprain, but it's always the same leg - the back right. Now today, I do not notice him limping. It's weird, but not pleasant to see when it happens. It could also be from him jumping up onto the sofa (he is 79-lbs, and that is alot of weight
    to jump up with)....

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    Default Re: Limping...Sometimes

    I agree with the others.. Duke does this from time to time.. I have TIME OUT for a week then it seems to be ok.. keep us posted

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