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Old Golden with swollen rear leg

Okay as the title states... My golden Jake who just turned 12 yesterday (01/02/16) was standing today in my living room and he appeared to have a strong back leg. I even thought to myself wow his back legs are stronger than I thought?!

Well as he was sitting there later today I noticed his Rear left leg is swollen to close to 1 1/2 times normal. Appears from about the middle of his leg and down. Now he is an older golden that is sort of smaller (52 lbs) and always kind of walked stiff on his back legs/hips since we rescued him at 9 years old.

He appears to be walking fine still, goes outside like normal, up and down slow but like normal.

He doesn't act like its painful and no obvious other signs of exterior damage (no ticks, no bumps, etc). My wife felt his leg from the ground up and he doesn't act like anything is painful or hurts to touch.


Thoughts? any prior experience like this?
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I don't have any suggestions other than bringing him into the vet first thing in the morning. Maybe a reaction or an infection? To be honest, if it were my dog I probably would have gone to the emergency vet tonight. Fingers crossed that the swelling is down in the morning. I would still get to the vet either way.


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I don't have any suggestions other than bringing him into the vet first thing in the morning. Maybe a reaction or an infection? To be honest, if it were my dog I probably would have gone to the emergency vet tonight. Fingers crossed that the swelling is down in the morning. I would still get to the vet either way.
I will try and get him in tomorrow to get looked at. The emergency vet is super expensive here in Wichita.

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I will try and get him in tomorrow to get looked at. The emergency vet is super expensive here in Wichita.

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Hopefully since it doesn't appear painful it's not super serious - I understand the emergency vet is quite expensive I hope you will get him in tomorrow asap - make sure you're pushy


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Hopefully since it doesn't appear painful it's not super serious - I understand the emergency vet is quite expensive I hope you will get him in tomorrow asap - make sure you're pushy
will do!

they seem to live at the vet lately!
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Update: Our normal vet couldn't squeeze us in so he went to a local one that was closer and they aspirated the leg and came out with clear fluid and a little blood.

Was able to get him into his normal vet and so far it appears to be Lymphedema.

It is either being caused by heart issues or potentially some sort of cancer in his lungs/heart area etc.

Chest X-rays showed his heart is slightly bigger than normal and some oddities on the x ray that cannot be ruled out as potential cancer or cancerous items (hence the specialist visit).

He seems to be in good spirits and still eats, poops, and sleeps like normal. His right leg is starting to get a little bit bigger now.

Since we live in Wichita, the only specialist for cardiology and what he needs and such is at Kansas State University. Our vet is calling first thing tomorrow to see about getting him an appointment.

I feel bad for him as well, we rescued him when he was 9 and he literally just had his 12th birthday January 2nd. So Happy Birthday you potentially have cancer....
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Oh what awful news! I'm so sorry. Please keep us informed how he goes at the specialist.
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I am so sorry! Hopefully the cardiologist will have better news for you.



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I'm so sorry, I was worried that you were facing something like this. I'm glad you were proactive and are getting information so you can know about his quality of life and find out how much pain he is in and what your options are. Hoping that you get the answers you need quickly.


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One of my dad's English Setters (55 years ago) would "blow up" and Daddy would hae to take him and he would hae a lot of fluid drained from around his stomach. this went on several years. Mack was 15 when he finally passed. So hopefully you sweet boys will be able to have a much longer life as Daddy's Mack did.

I had a golden several years ago (got her as a puppy in '99) who had an enlarged heart chamber. She took a baby aspirin every other day and was on the same blood pressure as hubby, only on 1/4 the dosage hubby was on at the time.

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