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Limping in front leg

My 7 year old golden, Molly, is limping terribly. She had been favoring her front right leg, but now she can barely walk on it. I just had her at the vets and they think it might be in her shoulder for she responded when they prodded it. I am going to schedule for xrays this week.

Any idea what could be going on? Molly used to run and jump all the time - my guess is that jumping brought on the injury. Now she yelps in pain and can barely walk up the yard.
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It sounds like she could have pulled a muscle. I am surprised that they didnt give you something for her pain. I would keep her on minimum exercise and keep her calm until you can find out what is causing the pain and limping. Good luck

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still limping

Molly is still limping She went to the vet, they did an xray and ruled out any bone issue. She is now on Previcox, but so far, no luck! It is so frustrating!
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Glad to hear it's not a bone issue... so it's most likely either a pulled muscle or a ligament sprain. It'll take a little time to heal... try to keep her quiet for a little while, minimize jumping and running, and she should be back to her old self. Good luck!!

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Glad that it's nothing to do with Molly's bones - hope that it is a sprain and that rest and TLC will soon have her back to herself. Good Luch wishes on their way and hugs for Molly



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Molly is down

Molly can barely walk. The meds did nothing for her and now she just lays around and doesn't seem to want to do anything. I feel terrible and don't know what to do. She goes back to the vets on Tuesday and I just hope they find some solution...
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limping on front leg

just read about your 7 year old goldie, i've had a similar experience with my three year old boy Joshua. He had intermittent lameness on both of his front legs since he was 6 months old. I've had numerous trips to the vet, and after three different opinions and hundreds of pounds later have found out that he has elbow dysplasia and possible shoulder dysplasia. I have kept Josh on restricted exercise, begun hydrotherapy, and introduced him to accupunture with some amazing results. Josh is no long allowed to bounce around in his usual excited fashion. his progress is remarkable to the extent that he has now begun to enjoy his obdience training. I wouldn,t worry until you have a firm diagnosis, at it may simply be soft tissue injury. wish you both well.
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This happened to my American Bulldog. It was in her shoulder, and first vet said it was a pulled muscle. After months took her to another vet who did an x-ray. It was bone cancer.

I really hope this is not the case for you!!! They say it usually starts in the shoulders.

Her limping started gradual, but eventually got really bad. Pain med did not help her.

My point is not to scare you, just wanted you to be aware. I feel we could have done more pain management earlier for the poor dog had I known.

Good luck, I hope it is just a sprain!!!

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Me too! The xray showed nothing, so I'm hoping it is just a sprain. She's been struggling for about a month now.
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