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Old 27-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Apologies but I have posted this here and in puppy forum
hi I am new to this forum
My black lab puppy is 6 months old on 2 Aug and last night on his walk he started limping on his front left paw
I have checked his paw and can not see anything out of ordinary and he does'nt seem in pain when i touch it but I am worried now as I have googled today and read about elbow dysplasia (sp)
Both is parents elbow scores were 0 but I am worried sick if I am being honest
Our vet said to rest so he is on a reduced walk only to the top of street to go the toilet but he seems very mopey in general (but he has been like that for past four weeks due to heat)
if it does'nt improve by Monday they said to bring him in
can anybody offer some advice?
I am fretful I think because we lost our first lab Duncan earlier in the year due to a heart disorder very suddenly at aged four so we were very careful about Loki and went for a KC puppy this time with a full history and good breeder record
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The most classic sign of ED is lameness after resting. I know this was most certainly what alerted me to my girl's problem. When she was on the move, she was not lame at all, it was just on those first few paces after she'd been laid down for a while.

It sounds more like your lad sprained something, or stubbed a toe, or trod on something if it came on that suddenly, mid walk. Chances are by Monday he'll be as right as rain, but even if he isn't, it doesn't mean he had ED.

At his age, a lot of pups get Panosteitis (growing pains). This can show as a sudden and often severe lameness in one leg, often switching from one leg to another as time goes on too. Apart from being uncomfortable for the pup at the time, it doesn't seem to do any long term damage to their joints. So I'd say, just keep a close eye on which side he is lame on, as if it changes (and it could change from front to back too), then it's far more likely to be Pano than ED.
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thank you -for your help
I am trying not to worry but it is very hard
He seems a bit worse after laying down resting but is limping when walking or on the move all the time
i bumped into his foot monday just gone on our walk and he yelped but was fine and i have'nt connected the two as it seems a big gap in between

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How is your lab now?
She is 9 years old now and to be honest, she gets far more trouble with her Arthritic toes than she does with her elbows. That said, 90% of the time she still charges about like a nutter and she can still give the youngsters a run for their money. :wink:
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glad to hear it
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