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    Ive got a 6mth rottie thats been limping on its left foot for the last 2 weeks I took her to the vet he bent it back and forth checked in her paws and couldnt find anything wrong she doesnt seem in pain at all so he said to put her on lyprinol and calcium tablets and see how she goes in 2 weeks if no better he will x ray but said i dont think we will find anything anyone else had this problem or any suggestions on what i could give her, at least the vet didnt just take my money as some do he is trying different things first he said his rottie had the same thing and it went when it reached 12mths

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    How do you know it's in the foot and not higher up the leg? Eg elbow or ankle or shoulder or hip ?

    My dog sometimes limps a bit if she's managed to injure herself or she got a prickle or bee sting and though the source of the problem is gone, and i can poke her foot without any reaction from her - she limps like she anticipates a sting or something.

    The tough thing about xraying a dog - is it usually means getting a general anaesthetic - so you might want to get as much done as you can that requires a GA eg dew claws that might be problems, desexing, hip xrays - just to check for potential problems so you can manage for the best now.

    Desexing at 6 months might be a little bit young for a Rottie - best to ask your dog's breeder as they may well know more about that than the vet unless he's a Rottie specialist. He might be - if he has one too. That's if desexing is something you want to do.

    I dunno if I'd want to get an xray (ie general anaesthetic) if the dog is not showing any pain - but sometimes it's hard to tell, and you want to be sure it's not something serious that needs to be fixed now.

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    It could be pano (panosteitis), with pano the lameness usually switches around each leg at different times, but I have seen it occuring in just one leg before. It's also something they grow out of, worth looking into at least.

    Be careful giving calcium to a larger breed dog, you don't want to overdo it, make sure you are giving the correct amount.

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    For a while Bella was limping on her front left leg, I checked it a million times and the vet had a good look at it as well. Couldn't see anything wrong and she never seemed in pain. It did go away after about 2 months though.

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    This seems like a good description of pano

    Panosteitis

    It does suggest that if a dog is limping - it's not exactly pain free. And the articles suggests that the cause is unknown. But it usually goes away by itself.

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    Our dog had this as well when he was between 6 and 12 month. He was limping on each of his legs for a while. Starting left front leg and working his way around He seemed pretty unaffected by it although it occasionally seemed to flare up and then it must have been quite painful. It just went away when he stopped growing. No problems now...

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    Phoenix was diagnosed with Pano when I took her to the vet at about 7/8 months old because she was really off colour, was clearly in pain. $1000 later she was diagnosed with Pano, took her home and it was clear that it wasn't her legs bothering her that it was her neck. Turned out she had jarred her neck and hurt it, couple trips to the Chiro Vet and she was all better. Not Pano at all.

    Rid**** - Why was your trainer so surprised and why do you believe your trainer over your vet?
    My dog had hip displaxia from birth, I wouldn't rule it out and if I was you I would be getting Xrays just to be sure, if you can get onto it early you can possibly save yourself huge costs down the track (and Murphy lots of pain) and if it turns out not to be HD then awesome news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rid**** View Post
    Well as it happen I have not seen him limp for quite a while and this is after we have rested him up.
    And our trainer has been with dogs all her life and I know she knows all about dogs.
    So this is why I would listen to her, she would never give an owner a bum steer.
    She may not mean to give you a "bum steer" LOL.

    Was it back legs or front?

    It could be a luxatting patella as well, LP will make a dog limp sometimes and then when the knee pops back in they go back to walking just normal. LP can often be fixed by strengthening the muscles etc in the legs by doing hydrotherapy etc and sometimes it just goes away on its own as the dog grows but sometimes it needs surgical repair. My dogs LP was a condition caused by her HD.

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