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Sudden bad limping
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21 June 2008
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21 June 2008 - 8:55 pm
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My dog, Sammy, was doing great 2 anf 1/2 weeks post op (left hind leg amputee) and then we had to go out of town and Sammy stayed with her grandparents. Wen we returned, Sammy was limping badly on her right rear leg - at first I thought it was just general soreness form getting used to using only 1 rear leg - but now it appears that she may have done something to her leg - I will call the vet on Monday - any thoughts on how to tell if it is a muscle pull, soreness or an ACL issue??


She still has a great attitude and great appetite and for thirteen and a half still a lot of energy - just trouble walking!


Thanks for any thoughts.


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16 February 2008
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21 June 2008 - 10:41 pm
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How long has Sammy been limping?  Hope that the vet can see Sammy on Monday.  For the time being, make him rest his leg as much as possible and hopefully he just overworked his leg muscles.

Please keep us posted.  All the best.


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22 June 2008 - 8:14 am
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It is hard to say, I think she has been limping maybe a week. Most of that while at the grandparents, who believed it to be general soreness and lack of stamina. Since we picked her up on Friday we have been giving her hot and cold presses and resting her as much as possible.

Before we dropped her off she could go several hundred yards before needing a rest, now she can barely go 10 or 15 yards without stopping. I hope it is nothing serious.

Thanks for your response. 


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22 June 2008 - 10:53 am
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Oooh, I'm sorry to hear about that. It's so hard to figure out what's wrong with us when we limp like that, as you know. There are times when I overdo it, and all I wanna do is lay around for a few days.

Let's hope it's nothing more than a muscle strain. Keep up with the compresses, and a little massage. Try to see if there is one area that is more sore than the other. No walks for a few days, just potty breaksa. And of course, ask the vet for advice too. 

Keep us posted. We hope she feels better soon.



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23 June 2008 - 9:04 pm
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Sorry to hear you are feeling a bit under the weather.  Hope you get to feel better.


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23 June 2008 - 9:30 pm
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Our thoughts are with you Sammy.  I too have had a few issues with my post op.  Mine though are to do with a herniated disk (I think from the distribution of the weight after the surgery).

Hopefully the vet can find out right away what is wrong.

Keep us posted!!


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