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Truffle is a 5 year old chocolate lab and after a long walk or active play with a neighbours dog she limps on her left leg after she has rested and gets up.

The next day she is fine until she plays/exercises again, rests and lame again. She has been showing these signs quite often.

Does anybody have any advice/help before I go to the vets.

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Only a vet can confirm. But my max had similar symptoms and it was Elbow Dysplasia. Which affects the front legs and needs vet advice.

If its rear it may be a pulled ligament

Def vet visit I would say. Touch wood its nothing serious
 
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If she is stiffening up whilst resting then it sounds much like it's Arthritis. Now why she has Arthritis, only vet investigation will be able to tell you (in most cases). It could be that she has an underlying condition, such as mild ED and this has now caused the joint to become inflammed/misshapen, or it could be she's had an injury to that joint at some time or other and this is the long term effect.

There is a lot you can do to help alleviate the effects of Arthritis, from supplements and magnetic collars, to Anti Inflammatories and Cartrophen injections, so don't write your girl off just yet.

My black girl is nearly 10 years old and has had Arthritis since she was only a year old, yet she still bombs about like a pup and can outrun most dogs 8) .
 

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If she is stiffening up whilst resting then it sounds much like it's Arthritis. Now why she has Arthritis, only vet investigation will be able to tell you (in most cases). It could be that she has an underlying condition, such as mild ED and this has now caused the joint to become inflammed/misshapen, or it could be she's had an injury to that joint at some time or other and this is the long term effect.

There is a lot you can do to help alleviate the effects of Arthritis, from supplements and magnetic collars, to Anti Inflammatories and Cartrophen injections, so don't write your girl off just yet.

My black girl is nearly 10 years old and has had Arthritis since she was only a year old, yet she still bombs about like a pup and can outrun most dogs 8) .
It's her front left leg, what supplements/anti inflammatories can you suggest?

Think vets next week to find out the issue.
 

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Do these magnetic collars work? If so any reccomendation? Really don't want to give Truffle injections etc at such an early age.
 

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Definitely vets asap.

Anti-inflammatories you'll need to get from the vets. My girl has bad arthritis in her left elbow and I keep a stock of anti-inflams in to use as needed. I use it pre-emptively as on a daily basis on daily walks she is generally ok but if she is having a longer walk or very sctive day I give some the evening and morning before as well as the following eve and morning if necessary. I don't generally see her lame or limp but her right elbow has some too so I keep a watch for any gait changes.

Luna takes Glycoflex 3 daily and I daren't take her off it because she does so well on it. She needs an extra Chondroitin supplement too.

You want a Glucosamine/Chondroitin supplement for your girl, lots are available and it can take some time and experimentation to find which works best for your dog.

Hope the vet can help so your Truffle can be less stiff and sore. x
 

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I have given Truffle Joint Aid for dogs and we have nearly finished the 500gm pack, given as a supplement each day with food and does not seem to have made any difference.

After a goodnights rest when you go down in the morning she shows no signs of lameness and is raring to go!
 

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I have to say that I have doubled the recommended dose Luna takes of her supplement after her specialist said he had been reading increasing evidence that higher supplement doses showed better results. When I finally convinced a vet that Luna needed to be seen by a specialist it was after I'd dropped the dosage she was taking, could have been coincidence but I've upped it ever since!!

It's good that she is raring to go again. It sounds like she could benefit from being examined by a vet and along with the symptoms you describe they should be able to give you an idea of what is best for her.

PS: You only get 5 free posts before having to subscribe (£10 a year) so it might be you'll want to use the posts wisely or join.
 

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My personal opinion is a visit to a chiropractor/osteopath before a vet visit with something so intermittent.

That is based purely on my experience with my dog, and the vets we encountered.

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It's her front left leg, what supplements/anti inflammatories can you suggest?
Ok, because you've got limited posts I'll try to cover as much as I can here.

I have used Glycoflex 3 in the past and my girl did well on it, but I think like many things, the body gets used to it and it's effectiveness wears off after a while. So now I've got her on Yumove and she is much improved on this.

My girl can't take vet prescribed AIs, as they upset her tum, but I do have her on a natural AI which is Devil's Claw. It's a human supplement and I give her 1-2 capsules a day, depending on how she is. Many other people give their dogs a small dose of Metacam a day to stave off any soreness though.

Magnetic collars work better for some dogs than others. My old Lurcher was like a 2 year old with hers on, but if I took it off, within 24 hours she would become so sore and stiff she looked like the elderly dog she was. My black Lab wears one (a Magno Mutt from Amazon) and although the effect on her is nowhere near as dramatic as my Lurcher, there still is a definite benefit. So she wears hers 24/7, as every little helps (according to Tesco :wink: ).

Cartrophen injections are given as a course of 4 weekly jabs to start off with, then a top up is given every 3-6 months. The jabs help the body produce more joint fluid, so helping alleviate pain and stiffness and plus slowing down the the progression of the condition. I can honestly say, I'm sure it's these which mostly keep my girl Mojo going. Within 2 weeks of the start of that first course, she was sound again; which bearing in mind at the time she was carrying loads of hairline fractures within her elbow joints, is amazing. She has had 6 monthly jabs ever since (at under £20 a throw). Mojo now has Arthritis in her elbows, front toes and spine, yet she still runs about like a 2 year old and is very rarely lame or stiff, which isn't bad considering she's almost 10.

The other things you can do is keep your dog's weight right down and I mean RIGHT down. You'll be amazed how much weight you can get off a dog you don't think is fat and it still won't look thin. Mojo at 30kg was deemed the perfect weight for her size by more than one vet, yet it's not until she drops under 25kgs, she starts to look a little too lean. So I try to keep her at about 26kg to satisfy the needs of her joints and my need to not have a Lab which looks like Twiggy.

Try to limit the amount of ball chasing your dog does. There is nothing worse for their joints than bombing about, doing handbrake turns, etc, in pursuit of a tennis ball. If you dog loves balls, then go hide them and send her back to find them instead....all of my dogs LOVE this game...even the Poodles 8) .

Do more shorter walks, rather than one long one.

Lastly, try to keep her out of very cold water, as this will make any achey joints ache more. You could also try to get her some Hydrotherapy as this will help keep her flexible and well muscled, which in turn will help her joints and being a Lab, she'll probably love it....Mojo does. 8)
 

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After experiencing this limping lameness with my own choccie pooch and having him just having had a Partial Elbow Replacement (CUE Procedure). Vets is a must this is how our Monty's diagnosis came about.

Plus listening to some of the other members who have lots more experience is well worth paying the sub fee. In only just over 2 weeks I have read and taken on so much already.

Good luck
 

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hi and welcome

Ive just sent you a PM with my take on things which is a bit non-PC for the board.
I hope you get it as I know the board has been playing up

Its nothing that will harm your dog and I would echo others in getting to the vets asap

Supplements and a restricted regime are doing good for Judy at the moment and she is on Metacam. We are however in the close monitoring phase still and building her up so we are fingers and paws crossed.

I long to see Judy running across the fields like a black Exocet missile and hope so much I see that in a few weeks time!
Good luck and sign up if you can put up with the glitches
 
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