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Man bad day my best four legged friend has suddenly become lame. He was chasing the lax ball yesterday with my 1 year old pup who he always outruns. I toss the ball turn around and then look back to see the pup coming back with ball first. Never happens... Here comes the old boy nine with his ball but on three legs. Keeps asking to play fetch but won't use both his legs. I am thinking ACl tear or dislocated hip. Man this is horrible this dog is like my first son. I have had his line for along time owned his mom she was put down at 14. Anyone ever have a experience like this with their dog. Cost of repair? He goes to vet today at 2.
 

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Tubby...good luck on your dog. Hopefully somethin' simple. This may sound stupid, but my Shepherd has done this before. Check his paw pads. My neighbors have them dang Sycamore Gum trees, you know the kind that have them prickly gumballs? My dogs paws (and I assume yours is big enough that one of them dang things can get up in between her pads. She gimps around like a broken leg with one of them. Just a suggestion, see if there is anything stuck up in there.

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Vet will tell you better then we can guess.He might have stepped on something -check between the pads on his paw.The pup might have battled him for the ball and twisted his leg.Budget in about $500.00 per year for the vet-check ups and "repairs" cost alot. Skip
 

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I just had 2 dogs tear the ACL this year, 1 yellow lab and a St. Bernard. Both happened the same way, running around playing, chasing balls and over extended the leg tearing the ligament that holds the knee in place.

They were both put on Rimadyl and Glucosamine.

The vet will tell you that essentially it takes a knee reconstruction..about $2500.00. I have insurance on my pets, so no problem. The issue is the recovery.

For 6 weeks, the dog needs to be crated, no running, no steps and anytime you walk them, there needs to be a harness to hold up the dog when he is walked.

The Lab got the operation and is now good as new...but a ton of work. because of the size of my St. Bernard (225 lbs), I wanted to wait til better weather. But the meds seem to be doing the job. He is in no pain with only a hint of a limp. Because of the recovery...I am considering the quality of life issues that a St. would have to endure because of his size and may not do the operation if meds seem to be doing ok.
 

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It can be a number of things, pulled mussel. ACL tear but your doing the best thing by having your Vet check him out. Best of luck and I hope it’s something simple, don’t like seeing our 4 legged friends in pain….
 

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My brother had a yellow that shredded his knee when he fell runing on ice
I think it cost him a grand or 2, but Theo never re-couped to 100% due to his age
I would get him in there ASAP so he doesn't do any more damage. Also make sure the Vet has experience with this type of Surgery
From there you are probably looking at Duramax ar Rydelyn ( sp) for a good long while
Good Luck
 

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Checked his paw this old guy has torn pads before stuck corn stalks in his foot chasing down geese. Cut by ice. He is a warrior.. I was hoping for something easy but I don't think so. These are supposed to be his easy years.. I will let you know what happens... and thanks...
 

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I had 2 dogs that tore cruciate ligaments- both just while running in the yard. I actually shopped around for the operation- had a high quote of over 2500 from a vet orthopaedic surgeon. Got it done for 800 from one of the local vets. Good luck.
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I am from Easton so if anyone knows of someone who has done a surgery successful let me know. I use the Community Animal Hospital.
 

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another thing it could be (especially in an older dog) is some sort of spinal thing. As dogs get older they sometimes develop cysts & such that put pressure on the spine.

From what you described it sounds like it may be a skeletal/muscular thing. One other thing that happens is a luxating patella - this is basically where the knee pops out of joint.
 

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Well,
I won't attempt a diagnosis on-line, but my first Lab had three separate leg problems and it only slowed him down a bit during recovery. The first was at about 6 months with a congenital problem in the front shoulder. It was 30 years ago or so, and I forget the Latin term for the problem. Just a matter of a bunch of $ for surgery. The second was when he was about a year old. He was running in the back yard and got his hind leg wrapped in a hanging sash chain that completely severed the Achilles tendon. Again a bunch of $ and a stainless steel splint (he destroyed the plaster of paris and aluminum versions) like a peg leg that played heck with our hardwood floors. And finally at age 7 or so, he ran across the road to visit the neighbor's Golden Retrievers and was hit by a car on the way back. Cuts and bruises that healed, but a limp that didn't want to go away. Problem: Fractured ball in his hip joint. Again a couple of fistfuls of $, cut off the ball, throw it away, and let a pocket of scar tissue form to support leg. I don't think anyone could tell that he ever had a limp in his life. I wish they had pet insurance back in the day.
 

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I just dealt with this same issue

Dr. Thomas Sooy VMD is a speacialist in this field. He is located in Catonsville MD. 410 788 4088. He spent more time with my dog and I than the last Dr. I visted for MY knee! Very good "bed side manner" Reccomended by my vet.

He did a great job on Vinny. Minimal scarring, no steel pins/plates.

I highly reccomend. 1400.00

bamil me for more info..

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I just dealt with this same issue

Dr. Thomas Sooy VMD is a speacialist in this field. He is located in Catonsville MD. 410 788 4088. He spent more time with my dog and I than the last Dr. I visted for MY knee! Very good "bed side manner" Reccomended by my vet.

He did a great job on Vinny. Minimal scarring, no steel pins/plates.

I highly reccomend. 1400.00

bamil me for more info..

Mike G
Same guy I used....excellent doc.
 

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Man - This is a timely topic - My yellow has an issue with his front left leg for a bout a week. I am hoping that it gets better. Every time he chases a ball or my other dog, he starts limping again. His is only 7 months old and I hate to think its something serious like a torn ACL or something... I have checked his pads a few times,....

Sounds Like I better get to the VET!
Thanks Guys...
 

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Our Vinny also experienced a condition called PANO or Panoscentieses(sp?). Its akin to "growing pains" and appears as lamness that can move from leg to leg. Usually goes away after about a 1 year old...
 

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I may need to see him. He has a torn ligament in his knee not acl. He gave him a heavy duty anti inflammatory and some joint lube. He thinks he will get back to around 90% but it will be a nagging injury. He needs to stay off of it for around 2 weeks leash walk only. I may take you up on the guy from Catonsville if he does not improve to where i am comfortable with. I would like his contact info in case.
 

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Glad to hear it's not as serious as it could have been. Hopefully the meds and TLC will fix him up. I think we hurt more than our pets do when they get sick/injured. TLC is a great healer. We lost our little dog about a year ago. she was like 13 years old and developed heart problems and we had to put her down. Been hurtin ever since. Best of luck and I hope everything turns out well for you.
 

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Thanks guys.. Gauge is defiantly like family. My boys have been laying their heads on him watching tv since they came home from school. He has watched over them since they were born. It is sad to think he is ten and his years with us will be limited. Man it sucks they really are family.
 

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Tubby I hope the recovery is quick and painless.My Lab Buster is showing his age EXCEPT in his mind he is a pup.Good luck.
BTW Falls Rd animal hospital has done alot of work on my animals over the years .They offer top notch Doctors and results.
 
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