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hi to everyone
harvey is now 5 months old and weighs 24 kilos and has now been limping 4 weeks, he has been checked out 3 times now by the vet and the xray was clear off any abnormalities, last week he was checked over and the vet really moved his joints on the front legs and he didnt bat an eyelid so whatever it is it dosnt bother him .
harvey is fine and i only walk him once aday for 20-25 mins
i must admit the limping does bother me but i spoke to the breeder and he said harveys dad limped at the same age for about 4 weeks then it disapeared so maybe its hereditary growing pains anyone got any views on this or growing pains and how long this can last.
apart from that he is going great and very laid back for a lab
 

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Hi, sorry but it would have to be a second opinion or a referral to an orthopedic surgeon in my book,having dylan with bilateral elbow dysplasia and arthritis in both elbows at only 15 months is a horrible experience and i would not wish that heartbreak on anyone we are still gutted,and hopefully harvey has only got growing pains but i think £100 consultation fee for an expert eye is nothing.Take care,Lynne.
 

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Hi,

I also have a dog with ocd of the elbow and that stared with a limp! They took xrays and found a piece of broken cartilage in the joint which was removed 3 days later. If undiagnosed it can cause alot of damage to the the joint and i have read many cases that took 3 or 4 lots of xrays/opinions to show what was happening. So like Lynne said i would go see a specialist and make certain this has not happened to your dog before the damage is done. The last thing you want is arthritis at an early age. Hopefully it will be just growing pains but it may not! :?
Goodluck and i hope everything goes well. :D

Cristina & Ben
 

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Hi Garycelt,

Sorry to hear about Harvey's limping - it must be very worrying for you, especially as you're not sure what the cause is.

Does he limp on a particular leg?

Even though the vet has x-rayed Harvey, and ruled out any abnormalities, has he/she given you any other indication of what might be causing the limp?

I haven't experienced this with our Lab but if i was in your position, i would probably seek a second opinion also as the others have said.

It could be Panosteitis as you have mentioned, have found a link relating to this:

http://www.animalhospitals-usa.com/dogs/growing_aches_pains.html

Only time will tell, but i hope Harvey gets better soon, and your mind is set to rest soon. I think you're doing the wise thing by limiting exercise also, it seems like you're doing everything you can.

If you do get a 2nd opinion, keep us posted - hope little Harveys limp clears up for you.

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Julie
 

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hi everyone
harvey is now 6 months old and he still seems to limp slightly it did get better but on friday i decided to take him for a second walk at 7pm at night only for around 15 mins or so he had been out 11 hours earlier for 25 mins he was fine walking out but on returning the limp from his left leg returned and he layed down and would not move this was the first time he had ever done this he got up with coaxing then returned to the floor i had to carry him home from there , i phoned the vet nxt morning and he is booked in for a chk on monday morning ,when we got back to the house he was fine and very playful he reminded me of my previous labs when they were old . its been very frustrating because i have been very careful with harvey for the last 6 weeks he has only been getting 1 walk a day ane playtime restricted he is very stiff for a short time in the morning but that could be normal, he is also a bit of a plodderr very laid back still sleeps a lot but christ he can jump he has got a lot of spring in his jump and very fast he doesnt seem to be in any pain and still has not barked when the vet saw him at 4 months she really pulled him about with no reaction so there seemed that there was no pain in the legs it might just be in his character that he is lazy but the limping is starting to worry me i contacted his breeder and he reckons growing pains as harveys dad limped for a while .After mondays consultation i am going to get him referred to the royal vets college at potters bar as that is a superb place and my previous dog benson wss treated ther for cancer of the lung.. he is a very happy sociable lab who loves everyone and is a real cutie and i just hope he is alright o am sure he will be but you still worry and beat yourselve up over it
would appreciate any views. gary and harvey
 

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So sorry to hear Harbey is still limping. You are certainly doing the right thing, he does seem to need further investigation x-rays etc. Good luck and let us know how it goes. Regards Meg
 

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Hi Gary
Sorry to hear Harvey is still limping. Has the vet mentioned pano. If I remember rightly from previous posts, you said the lameness moved from one leg to another. I believe it doesn't always show up on xray which makes it difficult to diagnose. Good luck and let us know how it goes.
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Sorry to hear that Harvey is still limping, but I am glad you are going try to get him referred to somewhere else. I hate to say it but Harvey must be in some pain or he would not be limping. Like lablover said The vets can take may xrays and still nothing is found as it is sometimes very hard to pick up. The problem is the longer it is left the worst the damage is to the joints. I do hope for Harveys sakes that it is growing pains, personally wouldn't take him for walks untill I knew for sure the problem(may just be me!). I hope you get some answers soon, Let us know how you get on at the vets. Take care ,and hugs to harvey :D

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hi gary and harvey :)

hope all goes well and you cant sort poor harveys limping out i cant say anything new only i agree with all the posts above me

let us know how you get on with the results :):)
 
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How is Harvey, I have Murphy who is about the same age 20 kilos who we think is limping, got vets tomorrow, let us know how you get on Penny
 
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