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poor back leg

Hi everyone, i noticed nia was limpy the other day and didnt really like to stand on 1 of back legs. I checked the whole leg and paw but couldnt see or feel anything, nor did she even seem in any pain as i was touching it. She still ran, stand up on her back legs ect. I didnt think there was anything seriously wrong with, thought maybe just sprained it or just layed on it for too long and got a dead leg. Today we thought it best to take her the vets. They couldnt find nothing but did noticed that on both legs the bone above the knee had come out of linement (cant remember the name they said) and also said this isnt unusual and that normaly the bones would line back up after awhile but when she turns1 and she is still has this she would have to go for surgery. They said get her to have plenty of rest for the next 2 weeks (which she doesnt want to). I was just wondering if anybody else pup went though this, how did you cope and what was the outcome?

AmyandSophia's picture

They could be talking about Luxating Pataellas.

Sophia had that when she was a puppy too. Keep your girl quiet for a couple of weeks and in crate rest. Start her on Glucosamine, and slowly start taking her for short walks with the goal of strengthening those tendons and ligaments around the joints. A Luxating Patella is not uncommon in young Bulldogs. I would defintely seek a second opinion from a good Canine Orthopedic Surgeon should it come to that. Always get s econd opinion when surgery is "required". I have found it to be extrememly helpful.

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oTroublesomeo's picture

thank you

Thats what the vet said it (i forgot), thank you we will give that a go. Did sophia have to go in to surgery or did they get better by they're selfs?

AmyandSophia's picture

No surgery.

She healed on her own. Bulldogs are notorious for having loose hips and luxating patellas as young pups. Their joints/tendons/ligaments are just not fully fitted together as is the case with most other dogs at young ages. I started Sophia on 1000 mg of Glucosamie Sulfate as soon as I could, about 3 months old. I break them in half and give them in one meal daily, stirred into her food with a tablespoon of plain, non-fat yogurt to add calciuma dn help her digest well. I buy the Gluco at Walmart, the Spring Valley brand or whatever that's called! You can also try Cosequin, it is usually available in local feed stores.

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Kathy Ollie Chester and Newman's picture

Costco carries the condroitin/glucosomine for dogs now...

I believe it's $39 for 180 tablets, cheaper than the SynoviG3 we were giving.  Chester had a luxating patella too and his firmed up as he grew.

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rest

Thank you both, its good to know there is a chance they can heel without the need of surgry, also even tho the vet told us to keep her in her crete and keep her rested but i was looking on websites and 1 said not to this as it would not strengthen the bones as much, is that a bad idea and to just listen to what our vet told up? P.s im from the uk