I have an 8 year old boxer dog who is in genral good health and is still quite active. Recently after she has been sleeping or sitting for a long period of time she limps on her back right leg, however this only happens in the evenings. During the day when she sleeps, she wakes up and walks around with no limp. She doesn't seem to be in any pain and when I take her out for walks she is fine too. Does anyone know what may be the problem?
She may have arthritis in her hip. Whatever you do don't let the vet tell you to give her ramidyl. I just lost my 9 year old staffy to Ramidyl and it all started with a limp in her front right leg on a Friday and by Saturday after she had taken the Ramidyl she couldn't stand up. She was acting like she was drunk. I rushed her to emergency and they sent me to an internalist where they did biopsies on her liver and told me she had liver cancer. The problem was she had just had a complete examination on the Friday complete with blood work and it all came back that she was in perfect health with the exception of arthritis in her shoulder. Within 3 weeks she was dead. I spent over $3000 to try and save my dog and 3 weeks of hell sleeping with her and feeding her with a suringe. She lost control of her bladder and bowels, she wouldn't eat. She would pee in her sleep and she didn't even know she was doing it. The amazing thing is I blamed the drug and the vet told me I was crazy and that he had used the drug on lots of dogs with no side effects. Pfizer gave me $1500 towards my vet bill without a fight. What does that tell you? Sorry for such a long story but it's eating me inside everytime I think of T-bone and how she should still be with me if I didn't take her to the vet for a limp.
I would take her in sooner than later. Boxers are one of those cancer prone breeds and bone cancer along with a lot of other issues-can cause some pain and limping.
One day is not enough time for full on liver cancer to develop. Rimadyl is not a great thing to use but there isn't a lot else that seems to be offered for pain. It becomes a quality of life issue sometimes. the limp may not have been arthritis but the cancer moving on-especially if it only survived three weeks. It is hard to loose your dog at any time but you have to understand something was missed-a drug did not cause it overnight.
If I have any beliefs about immortality, it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven, and very, very few persons -James Thurber
Thanks for all the replies. I agree it could just be the way she sleeps on it but its just concerning me that its just happening as she is getting older, thus making me think it may lead to something more serious. I got her to jump up onto my bed earlier without a problem, she gets up and downstairs fine and still run's around. But i may take her to the vets just to be safe
Just google Rimadyl and see the stuff that comes up. The side effects listed is like they were sitting there watching my dog when they wrote it. They will claim it's liver cancer when it is the drug doing the damage. If you don't think a drug can cause a problem like this so fast then you better start reading. There are many drugs and plants that can kill your dog over night or within hours. My dog didn't die from liver cancer. She died from the effects of rimadyl. It destroys the liver and mimes cancer. Vets are sponsored by drug companies complete with kick backs. Just look at the pictures on the walls of any vets office and you will see they are from drug companies. Just about everything in a vets office is from drug companies.