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Sweep started limping again on Halloween (background with video here). I wasn't home and DH went to an appointment for an hour and came home to a severely limping dog, so we're not sure if she did something to bring this on so suddenly. We had her on Meloxicam for three days before she developed diarrhea, so we stopped that on Tuesday and have just tried to restrict her activity in the days since, as I knew she'd need a washout period anyway if we try another NSAID. She has improved over the week, but she's still limping upon rising which resolves within a minute, plus she's been licking/scratching her right elbow a lot. We called the vet this morning and they want to take more x-rays (she got x-rays of her right front leg and lower spine on 8/31; no signs of osteo, arthritis, or LS). We'll be taking her in tomorrow morning; they have to sedate her to get the shots they need, so she'll be there a few hours. It has been a horrible several weeks; I am emotionally and physically fried from the death of my grandparents, being at their house every weekend to help clear it out, and now worrying about this. I hope and pray it is some sort of old racing injury or tendonitis that keeps flaring up because perhaps we have let her resume normal activity too soon after she apparently recovers. She is still being her goofy self otherwise. I could use some good thoughts and insights if anyone has any.

 

P.S. Assuming more clear x-rays ( :hope), I will remember this time to ask the vet about chiropractic/acupuncture options.

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Rachel with feline rivals Tootie and Richard and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig.
Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, strong, silly
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I can just feel your emotional exhaustion from here :( I hope that it all goes well, I'll be watching for updates. Hang in there! I will be praying for you and Sweep :hope

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:candle Does she have any old injuries on another leg? The reason I ask is Conner has an old injury on his back right foot, and several months ago, started limping on his left front leg. After clean x-rays, he saw a chiropractor, who explained that as four legged creatures, if dogs have a chronic injury on one side, they will often develop something opposite as compensation. The chiro has helped him a great deal.
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:candle Does she have any old injuries on another leg? The reason I ask is Conner has an old injury on his back right foot, and several months ago, started limping on his left front leg. After clean x-rays, he saw a chiropractor, who explained that as four legged creatures, if dogs have a chronic injury on one side, they will often develop something opposite as compensation. The chiro has helped him a great deal.

 

There's nothing in her racing records except a hernia repair alongside her spay upon her retirement. She does have some very janky middle toes on her left foot, though, so something must have happened there at some point. Here's a recent pic where you can see them.

 

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She is also fairly leash reactive. We do our best to avoid other dogs on our walks, but sometimes she lunges at them to the point of gagging herself. I have wondered if the issue could really be her neck.

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Rachel with feline rivals Tootie and Richard and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig.
Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, strong, silly
 Sweep:heart

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Any news?

 

Nope, we can't pick her up until after 4, so...four more hours. Longest day ever. I'll be sure to update when I know anything. Thanks for checking!

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Rachel with feline rivals Tootie and Richard and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig.
Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, strong, silly
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X-rays were clear! :yay We still don't have a definitive answer, and (of course) she didn't limp there or react at all during the physical exam, so the vet wasn't able to pinpoint the source of the discomfort. He did note the slightly reddened area of her right elbow where she's been licking/scratching, but he got a shot of her whole leg and saw nothing remarkable. He also got one of her neck and all was normal there. He rewatched the video of her limping and talked to us at length about the history and said it sounds like a classic joint issue or soft tissue injury, but he doesn't think an MRI is in order at this point. So for now we've been switched to Rimadyl, which she had once before with no ill effects, and she's on strict "no zoomies" orders for two full weeks. If the issue persists, he'll refer us to an orthopedic specialist. He doesn't think the issue is with her back or neck so wasn't sure a chiropractor would be beneficial but did say acupuncture might be.

 

Thank you all for the good thoughts. It has been a rough day. My husband somehow remains cool as a cucumber through this stuff, but I am always a mess!

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Rachel with feline rivals Tootie and Richard and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig.
Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, strong, silly
 Sweep:heart

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Has your vet considered laser treatments for Sweep?

 

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Has your vet considered laser treatments for Sweep?

Actually, he did mention that along with the acupuncture discussion. He said his next course of action would be a second opinion from the specialist but that laser and acupuncture would also be options at that point.

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Rachel with feline rivals Tootie and Richard and squatter cats Crumpet and Fezziwig.
Always missing gentlemen kitties Mud and Henry, and our beautiful, strong, silly
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Great news!

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Great news. I'm with the laser therapy. It helps so much in combination with physiotherapy.

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My old girl limped on and off for years, had clear xrays three times, finally the vet suggested Adequan injections..it sure improved her quality of life, it was awesome..we never knew for sure if it was an old injury(she was a bounce and had several scars on her) or if she had arthritis..I just know the stuff worked for her..good luck with Sweep

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Our mixed Beagle had some back issues about 6 months ago. She had 5 or 6 sessions of acupuncture. It seemed to help a lot. She aooms all over the place now.

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That is good news!

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