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    I have a 10 month old staffy x ridgeback. Last week he started limping slightly on his front right leg, i thought id leave it a few days too see if it went away but now he is limping on his back left leg and not so much on his front one anymore. Hes not being vocal about it, hes still eating fine, still running around and jumping on the bed/couch and there's no other signs of him being sick or in pain. Does anyone know what may be the problem? I have rang my vet and she told me to wait a few days but i am an over protective dog mum and am starting to panic
    Last edited by amber.; 08-08-2014 at 10:17 AM.

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    I am usually fine with a 'wait and see' approach, but I personally wouldn't wait a week before taking a limping dog to the vet, if you have no idea what's causing it. The running and jumping may be exacerbating the issue and cause more problems further down the track.

    My previous dog was prone to minor ligament/joint injuries and in the end I stopped rushing to the vet every time she limped and just rested her for a few days. But that was because I knew from experience that that usually worked for her. And if she got worse instead of better, I'd take her anyway.

    The last time I left a limping dog at home while I went to work, hoping that she'd improve without intervention, I found her in shock from the pain when I returned home and it turned out that she had a fractured femur head. You can imagine the guilt...

    Just take him to the vet. Even if it's just for your own peace of mind, which in my opinion is worth the $60 consultation fee in its own right.

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    Sometimes larger dogs in particular can get pano which is like growing pains I guess and can shift around from leg to leg. He is still a baby and I would personally not allow him to do too much jumping and lots of high impact running around untill he has matured a bit. Limping at that age can also point to various structural issues or dysplasias.

    In a young dog if the problem doesnt resolve after a few days rest I always go to the vet.

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    Nero had pano. He was limping around that age and it seemed to wander from leg to leg. After a few months it just disappeared. It must have been very painful tho. He used to yelp in pain and refuse to continue walking when we were out.

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    I have looked up Panosteitis and it does sound like thats what it could be but I will be taking him to the vet this weekend.

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    Probably stupidly obvious, but have you checked whether he might have something stuck under his paws/between them? My boy once had a small stone stuck between his toes which was causing him to limp, never would have noticed it until I looked closely.

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    Yes I should have mentioned that. We have had a good look at his paws and can't see anything that could be causing him pain

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    'amber.' - any update on your pup ?

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    When a dog starts limping for no reason and you can't see anything eg swelling,cuts or something in the dog's paw...you should always see your vet as it could be nothing or something serious.
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    When a dog is limping, particularly growing dogs you do not let them keep running around. You need to limit their exercise to prevent further injury and let it heal. If he's jumping on couch/bed etc that too needs to stop. See a good chiropractor as well that does greyhounds etc. Pano cannot be fixed instantly by a vet it is managed with limiting exercise and lowering the protein in the diet. They can give you anti inflammatories but frankly I would avoid them. A little pain stops the dog keep using the limb
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