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20 month old lab intermittent limping, ED????

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  1. Alison weller

    Alison weller Registered Users

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    Hi everyone, we have a 20 month old chocolate female lab called Willow . Over the last couple of months she has had 2 episodes of limping on one of her front legs, I took her to the vet and she is having a x-ray tomorrow ☹️ I think the vet suspects Elbow Dysplacia, my question is could anyone with experience with this tell me the symptoms of their dogs please especially if they are over 18 months old. Willows are as follows:

    1. Intermittent limping 2 episode over a couple of months on front leg

    2. Fine when when goes on long walks normally apart from these 2 episodes

    3. She doesn’t seem to mind her elbow being moved around but did yelp when the vet touched her toes but the next time the vet did this she didn’t yelp

    4. Starting to move foot to the side slightly, this had only just started today

    5. Limps more after rest.

    I’m hoping for the best but want to be prepared too, thanks all in advance.
     
  2. mandyb

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    Sorry I don't have any experience, but hoping for the very best x-ray results tomorrow.
    Please let us know how you get on.

    Welcome to the forum btw.:)
     
  3. Beanwood

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    Welcome to the forum. Sorry that your girl is limping. There is quite a broad spectrum of symptoms and conditions under the umbrella term "Elbow Dysplasia". If there is a problem with the elbows, it is not the end of the world, indeed quite a number of dogs on the forum have managed really well despite having the diagnosis.
    It does help though having a thorough diagnosis and I would really push for a referral to a good orthopaedic vet.
    Let us know how you get on! :)
     
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  4. Rosie

    Rosie Supporting Member Forum Supporter

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    So sorry to hear about your worries - do let us know how the X-rays go. Willow is a beautiful girl!
     
  5. Alison weller

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    Hi everyone, thanks for the replies, sadly she has been diagnosed with DJD, next step is to have a more complex scan at a veterinary hospital to determine how severe it is and the next steps, Nightmare!!!! The vet has said it’s not life changing but we would have to be careful about her jumping to try and keep her healthy into her old age, anybody else had this?
     
  6. Beanwood

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    Oh, I am so sorry, but try not to worry, I know this sounds impossible right now. A CT scan will give a much more in-depth view of what is happening in the joint. If there is evidence of oesteo-arthritis, then something is not quite "fitting" correctly or there is something in the joint itself, a bit of debris for example, due to uneven wear and tear.
    There is so much orthopaedic vets can achieve these days, and it certainly sounds like your pup is in the right place with an early diagnosis.
    If you type "elbow dysplasia" in the search engine (top right corner) it will bring up previous threads around the subject.
     
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  7. Alison weller

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    Thanks Beanwood, appreciate it.
     
  8. Cath

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    Hello and welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear about Willow problem. There are members on the forum who have been through this and I am sure will help you the best they can.
     
  9. pippa@labforumHQ

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    Hi Alison, and welcome to the forum. Very sorry to hear your pup has been diagnosed with joint problems, you must be worried.
    . That's good, and this is a field where treatments are improving so hopefully she will still be able to have a normal, happy life. Hope the scan goes well for her.
     
  10. Jojo83

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    Hi @Alison weller , I did reply previously but my post seems to have been removed :( . I'm so sorry to hear your diagnosis. You have my sympathy. I have a 4 year old choccie girl that was diagnosed with ED at 7/8 months of age after her second episode of limping. The first occurring at 5months.
    Have to say that from experience I don't agree with your vet ED/DJD has an impact and it does change life. Perhaps not drastically like some problems but you will always have to monitor exercise and the type of exercise, not allow some activities, manage weight very closely and always be monitoring for the slightest sign of a limp or discomfort :( . Then there's the discussions on medication, pain management, attending hydrotherapy/physiotherapy sessions. That may all sound depressing but it is more realistic that it's not life changing, having said tgat your dog can still have a full and active life, perhaps just not in the way that was originally envisioned.
     

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