Roo Posted January 29, 2016 Share Posted January 29, 2016 Daisy the 12 year old rat terrier came to me with a bum leg - the vets think she was hit by a car long ago. Her shoulder is chronically dislocated and her leg has kind of adjusted - she walks on the sides of her toes but does pretty well considering. One vet said it was really "crunchy" sounding in the joint and the only reason she's probably still using it is because she's a terrier. Her back hips move funny so I'm pretty sure she just has arthritis to some extent in every joint. She's always had a sort of limp-waddle, but for the past few days she's been limping much worse. My guess is she slipped on the ice and tweaked something, except she seems to be limping on her good leg, which is a bit odd. I took the liberty of examining her paws and maneuvering her legs around and she doesn't react to anything, so it's hard to tell what's actually bugging her. She did well on our walk today and wasn't limping at all when we were going at a good clip (I was watching her the whole time to make sure she was alright - planning to carry her home if she started acting like she was hurting - the benefits of having a 20-pounder), but as soon as we got home she started limping around the house again. I'm pretty sure it's not her 'faking it' (though I firmly believe she's smart enough to pull it off!) because she usually hates her walks and would certainly act up during them to get me to go home, not once we get home. Is there something I can give her to maybe help? Perhaps a supplement of some sort? Or just something I can do for her? I gave her a gentle massage on both shoulders this morning and she seemed to enjoy it (but this dog melts if you touch her anyway, so it's hard to tell!). I'm hesitant to try antiinflammatories without taking her to the vet first, which I can't really afford till next week (gotta love the end of the month...), since she has a progressing heart murmur (grade 3 when I got her, grade 4 now). But watching her hobble around is breaking my heart so I wanted to ask Oh Knowledgable Greytalkers for advice Quote Mom of bridge babies Regis and Dusty. Wrote a book about shelter dogs! I sell things on Etsy! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
Join the conversation
You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.