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I know this is a common question, Ive read lots of the posts already, would just like to get some info from people that know much more than me.

Zoopy is 9, has had a few paw issues over the last couple of years but all easily resolved, today however was different.

Walked him yesterday as normal, all good apart from I did notice a very slight limp on his last walk so cut it short just in case. Check pads when home, all seemed ok. This morning however he is holding his left front paw up and will not put any weight on it whatsoever, Ive taken him for bathroom breaks and hes hopped the whole way ( very short distance to grass area)

Took to vets tonight, examined and vet doesnt think its a pad issue but Zoopy was not at all happy with the examination of his leg and was getting aggressive and stressed ( he was muzzled)

Vet has given pain killers and said to come back Monday for X-rays if no improvement.

Obviously Ive now spent the evening online looking at sudden limping with no obvious trauma and its not looking good! Im also worried that I shouldnt have put him on pain killers as it may just mask a serious condition... if it is bad are the pain killers likely to work or would I not expect to see any improvement?

Thanks for any information

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Keep him on the pain killers over the weekend. Hopefully they ease his pain.

Do take him in for xrays on Monday, even if the limping stops.

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When Nixon limped I gave him Metacam for 2 days but he still limped. Xrays revealed the cancer at the top of his humerus.

A combo of Metacam and Gabapentin kept him comfortable for several weeks.

 

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When they limp we usually think foot. But like Nancy said, the issue can be something further up the leg.

 

I hope it's an easy fix for your Zoopy.

 

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Never any swelling in my three that had osteo. I had X-rays taken more than once with Tucker. The limp would come and go over a period of months, and initial films showed nothing. He was treated for sprain or soft tissue injury with meds, and could be ok for over a week once meds ended. The other two started limping suddenly, xrays clearly showed osteo, but never any swelling.

Continue pain meds. If he is limping or holding up his foot, he is hurting. Hope you find another explanation for the pain.

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Hoping it turns out to be something minor. I took my first grey to the evet for a limp that pain meds didn't fix, turned out to be a soft tissue injury :) Unfortunately, when Sallie's leg broke from osteo, there was no limp or swelling before hand. I would get x-rays on Monday even if the limp stops. Be sure they go all the way up to the shoulder. :goodluck

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Interestingly I was inspecting his pads again in more detail today and one has what looks like a small line in it, I was only touching lightly and he reacted. The vet said the pads were ok and that it seemed there was more reaction up the leg. Im going to try Epsom salt soaks today as I normally do with the numerous pad issues we seem to have encountered.

Is it possible that something could have slowly worked its way in on a walk hence no noticeable reaction on a walk but come up lame the next day?

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Yes, that is possible and a good soaking will do no harm.

 

Is he still on the pain meds?

Unless you can identify a foreign object, I would still take him in for X-rays tomorrow.

 

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Hi, sorry I havent updated. Theres been a big improvement to date so the X-rays have been postponed until next Wednesday, but now booked in with a bone specialist. Hes weight bearing but still not perfect, enthusiastic for walks and eating well so Im happy to wait a bit longer. Hes insured but because of his age I have to pay 20% of cost and Im not rolling in cash unfortunately. I think X-rays will still be needed but as he seems happy Im using self care (especially on his pads as hes had numerous issues previously) and rest until next week.

Will keep you posted.

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