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Intermittent Lameness

Species: dog | Category: medical-surgical | Submitted: 15 April 2009 08:19PM | viewed 3827 times
Q Deborah asks about Brandy (dog - Rottweiler cross, F) :

My Rottweiler Cross is around a year old. She has been lame on and off for a couple of months. No amount of restricted exercise or rest seems to make much difference. She is very active and it is hard to keep her calm all of the time. I'm obviously taking her to a vet in the next few days, but I have heard of elbow dysplasia. I am a little worried about this. Is there any way of ruling this out at home? Is there any other reason for the same symptoms?

Q Our vet says: It really sounds as though your dog needs to be seen by your vet who may recommend further investigation such as X-rays. Certainly elbow dysplasia can be a problem in young dogs. It would be difficult for you to "test" for this at home. There are other things that can cause forelimb lameness but you are correct to be concerned about elbow dysplasia in a dog of this age showing these signs. At home do ensure your dog has a good quality, balanced diet, since poor diet can adversely affect growing bones.

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