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    Wondering if anyone can give me their thoughts on what maybe causing my 4yr old lab to limp on his front leg. He will limp one day and then he maybe fine for the next. Then he will go back to limping for the next couple of days. Ive checked his paw and the leg and see nothing wrong. My wife and I let him sleep in bed with us and he jumps down alot. I suspect that when he lands on the front legs is when he injures himself. Somedays he limps like an old man and other days its just a slight limp. Nothing wrong with the back legs. We dont do any field trials or any serious training. He's just my buddy that goes out hunting with me once in awhile. I know that eventually I will have to take him in to see a vet, but I am hoping someone may give me an idea of whats wrong and maybe some type of treatment.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    I had a female that the vet noticed a slight favor of one leg even though the other had a soy bean stalk stuck in between her toes. I had her elbows x-rayed for OFA a few weeks later and there was arthritis starting, at only 2 years old. Just a thought?
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    Ive checked his paw, and nothing wrong. When he was a pup he poked a hole in between his toes and that caused an infection. So that was something I looked at first. It seems to me that its around what I would call his ankle area on his right front leg. Once in a while I will see him lick that area so that is why I think its that area.

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    could be a tick disease like lyme.
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    Mine went on for a few years like this finally found out he had a biceps tear.
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    Things that COULD be wrong
    Shoulder OCD
    soft tissue injury
    Elbow Dysplasia
    Lyme Disease
    issues in the foot

    So read that it could be MANY things

    You won't know unless you go to a vet and have appropriate testing done

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    Agree on the soft tissue injury too. I have a dog thet took a tumble in a hunt test a couple years ago and hurt her leg/shoulder. To this day it still bothers her from time to time. I really hjave to loosten her up and warm her up before we run.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeputyDawg View Post
    Wondering if anyone can give me their thoughts on what maybe causing my 4yr old lab to limp on his front leg. He will limp one day and then he maybe fine for the next. Then he will go back to limping for the next couple of days. Ive checked his paw and the leg and see nothing wrong. My wife and I let him sleep in bed with us and he jumps down alot. I suspect that when he lands on the front legs is when he injures himself. Somedays he limps like an old man and other days its just a slight limp. Nothing wrong with the back legs. We dont do any field trials or any serious training. He's just my buddy that goes out hunting with me once in awhile. I know that eventually I will have to take him in to see a vet, but I am hoping someone may give me an idea of whats wrong and maybe some type of treatment.

    Thanks for any advice.
    First thing to do is stop allowing him to jump down from the bed, your vehicle, or any elevated surface. Lift and lower the dog instead. You can also make or buy steps that lead to the bed and train the dog to use them instead of jumping down.

    It could be a shoulder, elbow, carpal or foot. Hopefully your vet can palpate or identify the problem via radiograph. If not, an orthopedic specialist would be the next step (if not the first step).

    Here is a link that describes shoulder injuries and their treatment
    http://www.vetsportsmedicine.com/pdf...onditionsa.pdf

    Here is a link to the elbow injury known as "jump down syndrome"
    http://vetsportsmedicine.com/surgery...wnSyndrome.pdf

    Lastly, here is an article on carpal injuries
    http://www.vetsportsmedicine.com/sur...alInjuries.pdf

    I wish I wasn't so familiar with all of these.

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    Periodic limping that's chronic can be a number of things, but a vet consult is the first step or perhaps an ortho vet

    I've had that type of limping be something as simple as pano (usually in a younger dog 4-12 months of age)

    4-year old had chronic limping... ortho vet discovered the cause with a fluid tap and culture... chronic infection in the shoulder joint that required over 90 days of treatment with a specific antibiotic.. problem solved = no recurrence

    limping - at least 2 times has been both Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Erchliosis when tick profile results came back
    once treated for proper time, problem resolved
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    I've had my share of mystery lameness problems. Lyme disease is fairly common around here and accounted for several cases of on/off limping. Last summer my most accident prone dog started limping on one front leg; it would come and go and was more pronounced on gravel or hard surfaces.

    We went to several vets, did xrays, palpations, saw a specialist; none of them found anything. When she first started limping I looked closely at her feet (because she's had split nails/pad cuts) and saw what looked like a tiny, pinpoint sized mark on one pad that may or may not have been a cut--vets didn't think it had anything to do with the limp.

    After a couple weeks of the slight lameness she came up 3-legged lame and I went back to the vets, and we definitely figured out it was in her foot, since she's a screaming drama queen and let us know it hurt when palpated. Nothing showed up on xray, and we still couldn't figure out what hurt, exactly or why. Two or three days later, when I came downstairs to let her out of her crate there was an incredibly foul stench and she'd chewed the entire pad off the lame foot overnight. Took her back to vet's and we figured she must've had something in her pad (via that original tiny dot I'd seen) and it abcessed and eventually got so painful she chewed her pad off. Never did find out what it was, but the limp went away shortly after although it took forever for that pad to grow back.
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