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Well first the good news. New pictures of her right elbow, and Dr Desjardin did not see ANY sign of elbow dysplasia. It was inconclusive with the previous picture. There was 'something' but what that something was.... That was the opinion of three other vets. Her hips looked fine too, but I expected that.

So the bad news is....why IS Teddi limping? She was poked, prodded, stretched, flexed, not one time did she flinch or say ouch. Her range of motion was very good on both legs, however maybe 'slightly' less on the left (she is sore on the right). Dr D said there was some "pops" in her shoulder but did not think that meant anything. He is an EXCELLENT ortho so I trust him. Teddi was EXTREMELY sore yesterday after the appointment.

So we are back to the drawing board. I plan to have MSU send her radiographs to my vet, and I will see when I can get Teddi in there. I am hoping she can go in with Gabby next Wed. I am restricting Teddi around the house in the mean time. I am not crating her. I gated her in the back bedroom area, she has the dog beds to sleep on or the extra bedroom (carpeted) she has choices, and access to water. I have instructed my dog walkers to put her out by herself AFTER the other dogs have been out and Quinn and Gabby are back in their crates. I do not want Teddi doing stairs when I am not there. If she gets wild outside, I will leash her but usually it takes another dog to get her going. I am hoping it is soft tissue. Dr D says to try physical therapy, I do know where I can take her not "too" far. They have an underwater treadmill and pool. She likes to swim. However I feel we need to know the area we are treating.

Hope I can get her sound and able to go to the Bridget Carlsen seminar. I know soft tissue can take a while to heal, if that is what it is. If she is not significantly better in 3 weeks without drugs, I will scratch her from the seminar.
 

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Hmm... the only obvious thing I can think of is has she been tested for lymes disease? If not, I would definitely have that done.

I hope you find out what it is soon... I know how frustrating it can be. I'll be keeping Teddi in my thoughts!
 

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Have you considered the cold laser therapy? Copper showed improvement immediately and it isn't too expensive. That and heat + massage might help. When I massaged Copper on his joints, I would place my hand over it and put the massager on my hand so it wouldn't be too strong on a joint.

I hope they find out what is going on and can help poor Teddi.
 

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Ann! This is wonderful news<:

I think that if she had elbow dysplasia, then by now there would be noticable signs by now. I'm thrilled for your girl and for you that she's good at least on that side<:

The only thing I'm thinking offhand... if she has elbow dysplasia on her left, she could be putting a lot of weight on her other elbow. Or if she's sore in the rear, she's putting most of her weight on her front end anyway.

I was also thinking pinched nerve in her neck. <- Which is something that happens with our collie. According to our vet it either his conformation or a form of arthritis.

If you've paid for the seminar and won't get a refund, I'd take her anyway. It would be a good experience for her to hang out with her mom and baby sister.
 

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Not thinking Lyme or any TBD, she was lame before.... same let two years ago which is what prompted the elbow dysplasia diagnosis. My understanding is TBD's are a wandering lameness, she is only lame left front. However, I will discuss this option with my vet.

I also still plan to talk with my vet about the cold laser. Dr D was not on board, but he is a surgeon, I didn't really expect him to be.

Megora we thought we had signs. She can be short up front when she has done 'too' much too. So hard to say.

Too bad they can't talk to us huh. Sure would make life a lot easier. Of course I would probably be hearing an awful lot of things like "geez mom... another puppy? Are you insane?" :p:
 

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PS She has only been bit by one tick and that as Oct 2009. Can it be dormant that long?
 

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I don't know how long it could be 'dormant', but it's entirely possible she was bit since then and you don't know.

My dog was lame on the same leg. xrays showed nothing. Orthopedic specialist couldn't figure it out. It went on for months before we actually found out it was lyme.
 

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PS She has only been bit by one tick and that as Oct 2009. Can it be dormant that long?
Yes it can be dormant that long. Long term tbd can lead to arthritis, so if the arthritis settled in that leg or shoulder that could explain the limp only on one leg, but I'm just guessing.

I hope you find the problem!
 

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Yep, if it is lyme disease it can flare up anytime and can be dormant too. It likes to hide in the joints. Even if there is a slim chance, I'd test for it since it is very treatable!
 

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Snap 4 would tell me right? I will probably check that. Just to be safe.

Sigh....
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