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Advice... 11 months old and sudden limp in hind leg

Addie is 11 months old and just finished her first heat. She was having cabin fever and we decided to take her out on Sunday for the first time in weeks. Went for a family creekwalk (maybe 2 miles) with some swimming/retrieving sticks. The next morning (Monday) she woke up limping (right hind leg) and each time she lays down she has a bit of a problem getting up. She still wants to play etc. And just when I think she's fine she limps again. It is just a slight limp, seems more of a problem with her getting up. At what point do I take her in? Xrays etc will be a few hundred dollars...do I take her in now or give it a few more days?
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My Irish Setter, a few months after his 12 birthday started to limp on back leg--bone cancer. Of course I am sure that is not the problem with you girl. But it made me so panicky about a limp. So when my golden girl, age 15 months started to lim--instant panic. Turns out it was a luxating patella. She had the surgery and fixed that knee and then 14 months later, had to have her other knee done. She never had another problme with her knees.

Her littermate came in from playing one day with a front leg lip a few months after KayCee's 2ed knee surgery, ..again, instant panic, but it was just a strained muscle and some meds and few days rest, Hunter was fine.

I really am not one to advise you on when to go to the vet becaue I am paranoid abouyt limps and have taken mine in at once for the slightest limp after Boots was diagnosed with bone cancer (and none have ever had, just strains, the knees, etc. Just wanted to tell you my experiences with limps. and wish you girl the best of luck and hope it is just a strian.

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Since the limp appears to be a few days old, I'd urge you to see the vet. While the cost can be problematic, the love from your pet is priceless. We are grieving the recent loss of our best friend, Kodiak ... Our best days over the past eleven years were with him.
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I wouldn't panic. It could be just just tweaked her leg playing rough. She could have panosteitis, which is growing pains and she will grow out of. Her age is prime time for pano to appear. It stinks, my Kira has it, but it doesn't have any implications long term, luckily. But you will need to xray to confirm it is pano and not some other issue like an injury or joint issue.

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I realize it is costly but I would take her in. I am not sure where you live but it could be lymes too. It shows up mostly in hind legs. Better to have her checked.
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I would make an appointment if you do not see any improvement in the next day or so. My seven month old was playing really hard had a limp in his front leg, went away after a good week. He's on a joint supplement now a fish oil.
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Our golden developed a limp a few months back and we took her in. It turned out to be nothing more than a bad insect bite/sting between two of her pads. Being rookie owners, we didn't catch it ourselves. I'd advise you to take her in -- may not even need the x-rays!
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Better to get an unnecessary x-ray than to wish you had gotten one later.
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