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My Liam has had a limp on his front leg for over 6 weeks now. My regular vet is now sending me to a surgeon specialist on Tuesday Aug. 10 (this was the first appointment I could get with him) for more evaluations, as my regular vet now thinks it may be some kind of ligament/tendon injury. Nothing showed up in X-rays and Novox (anti-inflammatory) and rest have not worked.

I read on the web that the bicep-tendon is a common injury in the shoulder area that may partially or completely tear and need surgery. If this turns out to be this has anyone else's dog been through this kind of surgery or know someone that has?
 

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I can't help you but I really feel for you....we're having reoccuring lameness in the hind end and have done multiple trips to our vet and to an orthopedic specialist and no one can find anything wrong. It can be -so- frustrating to not know what is wrong!

Keep us updated and I hope they'll be able to get you answers. It will be a long two weeks for you!
 

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Aw, poor Liam. I hope that he can be pain-free until his appointment & that you get some answers to his injury at the specialists' office.
 

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I am so very sorry for what Liam and you are going through.
We just rushed Tonka, oiur 11 mo. old Samoyed to emergency vet last night and he was limping on his right front paw and leg and SCREAMING!
Ken was trying to put ice on it and he was screaming so loud it just went through me.

They took radiographs of his front legs, shoulder, elbow, paws, and saw no breaks or tears. The vet prescribed a HALF Of A Previcox OR 113.5 MG, per day and TOnka can have
Tramadol, 1.5 tablets (75mg) every 8-12 hours for pain.
The diagnosis is: Soft tissue injury to right forelimb.
Vet said to keep Tonka from jumping off the bed or furniture and he can walk up stairs, but shouldn't walk down them.
If he doesn't improve in 3-4 days, we have to return to the Doctor.
 

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Oh Rob, so sorry to heart this. I have no experience, just wanted to sending some healing vibes for Liam.
 

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I wish you luck with the specialist. I took Tucker in to a orthopedic specialist earlier this year because we could not find a problem either. The x-rays my vet took did not show what ended up being severe bone spurs in the elbows, the specialist had a more state of the art machine. NSAID's (aspirin, metacam) did not work. If I remember correctly you would need to have an ultrasound done of the area to show tears in the ligament/tendon.
 

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My childhood Golden had a soft tissue injury of the shoulder that had to be repaired surgically. A number of pups from his litter had similar surgeries. I'm sorry that I don't know more about it, but I do know that he recovered fully and was pain free for the rest of his life.

I do know that the ortho specialist recognized the problem as common among Goldens and was able to fix it in all the pups from the litter, if that encourages you. Sometimes ortho vets quickly recognize things that GP vets don't.
 

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They took 3 X-ray panels starting from the foot, elbow area, and then shoulder area.

Liam is tested every year for full Thyroid panel and was last done 5 months ago.
A friend's dog just had her hips and elbows radiographed and sent to OFA. They looked great to the vet. OFA came back with a Good for hips, and Grade II dysplasia for the elbows. Those are very difficult to read unless you've done dozens and dozens of them, which most practitioners have not.
 

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I guess I should have mentioned that he hurt that leg back in Early April but after a few weeks it was fine again. Then in early June he jumped down just one step and I then noticed him lifting up that leg. Since then he has had a limp in that leg.
 

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I guess I should have mentioned that he hurt that leg back in Early April but after a few weeks it was fine again. Then in early June he jumped down just one step and I then noticed him lifting up that leg. Since then he has had a limp in that leg.
I think you're going to get some good answers when you take those x-rays to a specialist.
 

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Rob:

Anymore news?
 

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Rob:

Anymore news?
Hi Karen,

Unfortunately the first appointment I could get was not until Tuesday August 10th. So for now we are still trying rest and Novox. I am still hoping for a recovery of some sort, even though it was been about 6 weeks now.
 

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I am so sorry that Liam is having trouble. Maybe you can contact that ortho specialist and ask them to contact you if they have any cancellations so maybe you can get in earlier.
 

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Rob I hope it is nothing serious. I wonder do dogs have rotator cufts and if so can they tear them?
 
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