NeylasMom Posted January 24, 2012 Share Posted January 24, 2012 (edited) I've been a little worried about Z for a while now. He started dragging on walks, and then I noticed that he was licking his front legs a lot when we were hanging out on the couch. He dislocated a toe later last year so I figured that was the issue, but I took him in for x-rays to be safe. We only x-rayed his left front leg as that's the leg that had the dislocation and also the one he seemed to be licking the most. X-rays were clean, no signs of osteo or any developing arthritis. Dragging on walks continued so a little over a week ago I restarted his Deramaxx, which he had been on for a time after the dislocation. That seems to have helped on walks, but the licking continues. It isn't always the same leg, seems like lately it can be either front leg, anywhere from the elbow down to the wrist. Occasionally he licks a bit on a back leg, but mostly it's the front legs. The vet also suggested the possibility of an allergy, but I didn't think that was likely given that he has no history of them (he's 7 and I've had him 5 years) and especially now that the weather has changed (I would assume that an allergy that affected his paws/legs would be seasonal). So what's up? I don't see any reason for a behavioral change that would cause this. The only thing that's really changed in this time frame is Violet and he seems to enjoy having her around. And I haven't changed his diet, supplements, anything that would cause any sort of issue like this. He's not itchy, so I think it's either pain or self-soothing, but I don't see a source for the former (especially with the Deramaxx on board) nor a reason for the latter. I haven't noticed any other changes in his behavior except that he seems more lethargic lately. Although lethargic isn't right, he's still happy to go for walks, and plays at his usual times, I just notice that he doesn't need as much exercise any more. I've been calling him my old man even though he's only 7 (and he's always been my puppyish boy). Any ideas? Edited January 24, 2012 by NeylasMom Quote Jen, CPDT-KA with Zuri, lab in a greyhound suit, Violet, formerly known as Faith, Skye, the permanent puppy, Cisco, resident cat, and my baby girl Neyla, forever in my heart "The great thing about science is that you're free to disagree with it, but you'll be wrong." Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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