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    Hi; I have a 11month old black lab cross with black shepard. About a month and half ago he had a sore back and we took him to the vets and they gave him oxycon 40 and that fixed him up. When he first went to the vets with a sore back he was actually off all food which we thought was strange but he got better with treatment, we think he got hurt that time cause he likes to catch a frisbee and when he lands on the ground most times he ends up on his back doing a back flip in the air of course. Try and stop him. He loves jumping for the frisbee but he hasn't had it back since then.
    Lately he has developed a limp and yesterday I took him back to the vet. They say he may have hip problems but won't confirm.They want to do xrays and other tests. We think he just hurt himself tripping on our deck which is half through getting built. If anyone has any similar experiences with large dogs becoming lame at a young age please let me know. Love to hear any suggestions.

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    bumping this topic for Roz

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    My brother's staffy broke her leg jumping off his bed when she was six months old.

    You need to be careful of young dogs with growing bones. That's why most dogs are not allowed to start training with agility equipment (Eg jumping) until they are at least 12 months old, and maybe older.

    So for this dog, I would definitely cut out any fetch games where he is jumping high, or stopping suddenly.

    There is a type of frisbee ring called an orbee? that hovers in the air so a dog can collect and stop under it before catching it. This is a safer thing than a normal frisbee (even a soft grab dog frisbee).

    If he only recently became lame (ie last few days), I'd treat it like a sports injury, and make sure he couldn't run round or jump or do zoomies for at least 10 days. All exercise would be walking on lead, no pulling. You might need to use a head halter or front attach harness and a very short lead to achieve this. And if it was my dog, she'd be in the crate (can't do zoomies) any time I wasn't available to supervise.

    And I'd be contacting my friends for recommendations on dog physios for massage and corrective exercise programs.

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    Hi Thanks for that info. I actually rang a vet nurse that I know who thinks the world of Axle and she thinks that he has hurt his front leg as well, but we don't think it is broken because he still puts pressure on it. I will watch him though and yes he does spend alot of time inside with us because he is a peoples dog. I am going to ring the vets on Thursday again and give them an update, I would hope by then he isn't limping anymore. I think the oxycon 40 is helping him though but he is not of his food at all. That is why I think he has just hurt it and nothing to major cause he has actually been of his food when he got hurt about 2 months ago and he was of food for about a week and I had to feed him chicken and rice to get food into him and yes he ate that without a problem just wouldn't eat his food. Thanks for that info anyway.
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    It normally isnt recommended to teach a young Lab to fetch or to encourage any type of jumping as they are prone to joint and leg problems and the jaring is what can play a big part in it ( check out some lab health site and it will go into the details).

    If you are worried but dont feel the need for a vet, you could try a physio or chiropractor for your dog... Just like us they pull muscles and come out of alignment... physios are fantsatic at picking up muscle abnormalities and spotting damaged muscles and telling the difference between a joint and muscle problem ( in my opinion a hell of a lot better than a vet)

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    Hi I appreciate that. It actually makes sense and yes we do have one of those here so I will give her a call tomorrow and see if I can get him in to see her. At least then I am getting a second opinion as well.
    Vets just want to do xrays and then operate on him. No thanks if that is not necessary why put him through it.
    Thanks again for your advice.

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    I would give him a couple of days to recover and see how he goes but personally, I owuld probably follow up on xrays if it keeps happining to check his hips etc.

    Both of those breeds are prone to hip dysplasia. My OH had a golden retriver growing up who had to be PTS at only 18 months old due to severe hip dysplasia.

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    Hi thamks for that. He is on onsior40mg for 7 days 1 tablet and then 3/4tablet for 13 days. hopefully that will get him better but he has been on the tablet since friday night and he isn't in as much pain but still has a limp, so I am not sure what to do yet.

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    Pain killers won't fix the cause of the pain. You have to make sure he rests and recuperates. Or he will have the exact same problem when you're finished the pain killers.

    My horse injured his hoof (the bone inside it), and I gave him some pain killer and instead of resting and recuperating and letting his foot heal up, he ran and jumped and bounced around the paddock like a spring foal. No more pain killer for him.

    Pain does serve a purpose. Stopping the pain can make the cause of the problem worse because the animal continues to injure and re-injure the limb because it doesn't hurt.

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    Thanks; I contacted my vet after work today and they have suggested that I stop the painkiller after Wednesday and take him in to get checked by the senior vet which I do trust and he thinks he can fix it for him because he still has the limp but when he sits or stands he holds his front foot up and of the ground so he thinks it is in his foot and not back, so I am going to get him checked properly and not by a junior vet. Wish me luck, I hope that he can help him cause I can't handle him being in pain when he sleeps or just lies inside. It must hurt him what ever is wrong.

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