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    Pumba is our one year old 55 lbs. English bulldog. For the last 3 weeks he has been limping on his left front leg. He is still very active, sometimes he does not even limp and runs and jumps like crazy. Other times the limp is very obvious. We took him to 2 different vets, and it looks like nothing is broken since there is no sign of pain when feeling his leg. So most likely itís a bruise. He starts limping a bit more when he plays rough or starts jumping off the sofa or sidewalk. We got an anti-inflammatory for 7 days, and some joint chews, but nothing has worked. So from what I've read in other forums we need to crate rest him for a couple of weeks, problem is we have never crated him before (we don't even own one, we let him roam free in the apt/sleep in the sofa).My girlfriend does not agree with me buying a crate in order for him to rest for a couple of weeks. She suggests we buy a pet gate instead to keep him in the kitchen area which is roughly 8 by 5 feet; I'm just concerned that he will not get enough rest as being in a crate. Do you think the kitchen area rest would be enough for him? (which will eliminate the jumping on furniture). Or should I just get a crate for his leg to heal properly for 2 weeks?


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    Default Re: Bulldog Limping Front Leg!!! Sometimes fine, other times he can barely walk.

    Quote Originally Posted by maveledo View Post
    Hi!
    Pumba is our one year old 55 lbs. English bulldog. For the last 3 weeks he has been limping on his left front leg. He is still very active, sometimes he does not even limp and runs and jumps like crazy. Other times the limp is very obvious. We took him to 2 different vets, and it looks like nothing is broken since there is no sign of pain when feeling his leg. So most likely it’s a bruise. He starts limping a bit more when he plays rough or starts jumping off the sofa or sidewalk. We got an anti-inflammatory for 7 days, and some joint chews, but nothing has worked. So from what I've read in other forums we need to crate rest him for a couple of weeks, problem is we have never crated him before (we don't even own one, we let him roam free in the apt/sleep in the sofa).My girlfriend does not agree with me buying a crate in order for him to rest for a couple of weeks. She suggests we buy a pet gate instead to keep him in the kitchen area which is roughly 8 by 5 feet; I'm just concerned that he will not get enough rest as being in a crate. Do you think the kitchen area rest would be enough for him? (which will eliminate the jumping on furniture). Or should I just get a crate for his leg to heal properly for 2 weeks?


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    Crate or gated is fine as long as he stays calm. You have to rest him for a minimum of 2 weeks if not more. Do you think that if he's gated off he will still run around & jump, etc? If so, then crate. But if he stays calm and will just relax & sleep then gate is fine. The main thing is running, jumping, etc. So no couch, bed, etc. Also, if possible no long walks, etc. Just quick potty breaks in yard if possible. If he runs around when he goes out, then leash him for back yard. He is such a handsome boy, I'm sure he just sprained or bruised something. The rest will definitely help, and I would still continue the joint supplements, going forward.

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    Default Re: Bulldog Limping Front Leg!!! Sometimes fine, other times he can barely walk.

    Thank you!!

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    Hi!

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    What a great looking bully! agree with the advice Jessica provide!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TyTysmom View Post
    Crate or gated is fine as long as he stays calm. You have to rest him for a minimum of 2 weeks if not more. Do you think that if he's gated off he will still run around & jump, etc? If so, then crate. But if he stays calm and will just relax & sleep then gate is fine. The main thing is running, jumping, etc. So no couch, bed, etc. Also, if possible no long walks, etc. Just quick potty breaks in yard if possible. If he runs around when he goes out, then leash him for back yard. He is such a handsome boy, I'm sure he just sprained or bruised something. The rest will definitely help, and I would still continue the joint supplements, going forward.
    ! Good looking bulldog!

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    I have nothing to add except Pumba is adorable!!
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    Have you checked his paw pads Gracie was limping and I found sore on them!



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    he is a handsome boy..

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    Default Re: Bulldog Limping Front Leg!!! Sometimes fine, other times he can barely walk.

    Hi Maveledo,
    we hope Pumba is on the mend now. We've had a similar issue with our Bulldog, Billy...did the 'bed rest' work for Pumba?
    We're off to the vets tomorrow, but because he allows us to touch his whole leg, bend his paw etc, no apparent sign of any damage/cuts etc (we are very cautious when walking him) and is at times walking with no problem and jumping about quite happy, we are hopeful it won't be anything more than a bruise/sprain.
    Thanks, Emma and Billy xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyTheBully View Post
    Hi Maveledo,
    we hope Pumba is on the mend now. We've had a similar issue with our Bulldog, Billy...did the 'bed rest' work for Pumba?
    We're off to the vets tomorrow, but because he allows us to touch his whole leg, bend his paw etc, no apparent sign of any damage/cuts etc (we are very cautious when walking him) and is at times walking with no problem and jumping about quite happy, we are hopeful it won't be anything more than a bruise/sprain.
    Thanks, Emma and Billy xx
    sometimes when they allow you to touch or bend and they are walking with a limp.... a few days of rest does help heal the bruise/sprain, but if it as been longer, it is best to have him checke and x-ray done.

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    Default Re: Bulldog Limping Front Leg!!! Sometimes fine, other times he can barely walk.

    my porkchop has done this and i have had her at vet so many times with x-rays and to be told they dont see anything wrong with it.. hers is in the back hip area and they have even checked for hip dysplasia an still nothing.. i noticed it more after we have been on longer walks so i try to limit those to far and give her a doggie aspirin when she has her bad days and yes the rest does help.. also my vet suggested to make sure her weight does not get to heavy for her.. she has never been to big but i do watch the treats so she doesn't .. just wish someone would watch my treats i eat.. lol.. good luck hope all is ok..

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    Default Re: Bulldog Limping Front Leg!!! Sometimes fine, other times he can barely walk.

    Abbott has been doing Adequan shots and laser therapy after having something similar.They did x-rays and he has mild arthritis in his back knees he will be 3 in February.Having this done was the best decision ever he has improved so so much and doesn't limp anymore after playing or jumping around.We still try to monitor his craziness.

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