My 8 month old dog has been hopping and lifting her rear leg when walking. I took her to vet for x-rays, but there is no evidence of a fracture or arthritis, and the hip socket and knees look fine. Vet gave her pain med (he put a little Torbugesic in a bottle of Pet-Tinic liquid vitamin supplement) and said to keep her off her feet as much as possible and to only take her outside to do her business. He said if she is no better in 3 weeks, he would send her to an orthopedic specialist along with her x-rays. Well, it's been 2 weeks so far and I don't see any improvement at all. She is unhappy and frustrated that I will not let her walk any more than a few steps when outside. Inside, we just play with chew and pull toys to keep her from running around the house.
Do you think she could have pulled a muscle or ligament which will not show up on an x-ray? If so, how long will this take to heal? She only weighs 7 pounds and I've had to add wet food now to her kibble or she will no longer eat. HELP!!
Did your vet check her knees? Its probably luxating patella's. Her knee cap is probably popping out of place, so she has to carry it, till it pops back in. This happened to my poodle. I would straighten hers by holding her leg down and back a bit, I could feel what it was doing exactly. Have the vet check her knees.
Yes, the vet checked for luxating patella and Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease. I specifically asked him to check these which he did because he also considered these as possibilities, but neither problem was evident.
I would guess muscle strain personally or torn ligament. Especially if your dog is prone to jumping off high places like couches and beds. What breed is it, I'm going to presume it's a maltipoo, given your name ;P Small dogs can seriously injure themselves and even kill themselves when jumping even what we consider 'short heights' like the couch cushion to the floor. It's one of the biggest downsides to having a tiny dog. And a pupppy that age is still growing, so has even more potential to cause harm.
Muscle/ligature damage isn't going to show up on x-rays, that's what shows up on MRIs :P X-rays show denser material, like bone, foreign objects swallowed, fluid in the lungs, or blockage in the intestines. But they wouldn't show something like a strained/torn ligament. Given a respectable amount of time has gone by with no improvement despite limited activity, I definitely thinka visit to an orthopedic vet is due. Keep us posted on what her diagnosis is.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 1/18/2007 1:18:31 PM*** Reason: add