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I'm new to the forum and in Dec my little sparks was diagnosed with bone cancer and had a rear leg amputation. It was a very difficult time as she could not have opioids for pain management. She went into to acute renal failure and made it through that stage. She has been well for the last 8-12 weeks. I noticed approx. 3 weeks ago that she started to bend her body sideways and appeared to be limping on her front leg and crab walking. I took her to the vet and was put on gabapentin and cartrophen. Last night I came home from work and found her distressed she was trying to walk but walking in circles, holding up the front leg and panting.

I rushed her to a emergency vet and was given pain relief but vet felt it was maybe neurological, I then took her back to my local vet who x-rayed and ultrasound and nothing was detected. They do not believe it's neurological as she has good days but last night was bad. After pain relief she appears to be walking better but a definite curve in her body. My darling sparks is a jack Russell and is 17 years old. Before the diagnosis she was fit and healthy.

Any recommendation or experiences greatly appreciated

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Hello and welcome to you and Sparks. Your future posts won't need to wait for approval so post away.

Although it's not uncommon for a rear leg amputee to walk with a slight curve, it does sound like she is in some pain and she may need additional pain management modalities such as a acupuncture, massage therapy etc. I would ask your vet for a referral to a pain management specialist in your area, so they can figure out exactly what is going on. If your vet doesn't know of one please let us know and we can help find one for you. 

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Thinking of you and your amazing Sparksheart  A 17 yr young Jack Russell....very, very special.  A lot of love and care clearly are the reason he is able to be such a "sparky elderly" fella'.

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