My springer spaniel is still limping help

by Katie
(Wigan)

Hello,


I hope you can help me or give me some advice. I have wrote to you before regarding Jery my 2 year old spring the heading was how do you spot signs of hip displasia.

I orginally thought that may have been the problem but that does not seem to be the case. First I noticed that he was not running half as fast as he used to and that his back legs hit the floor at the same time like he was bunny hopping.

He then started to limp, especially after walks, playing and when he had been lay down. I have been to vets 3 times now, the first two the vet examined him and said he showed no signs of discomfort but that could be due to Jerry being distressed because he does not like going the vets. T

he third time (yesterday) he had x-rays which showed there was nothing wrong. The vet said he is going to pass the x-rays to a specialist who may be able to spot the problem. If not the specialist may have to do some investigative surgery.

I am really worried as I dont want to put Jerry through anything he does not have to go through, also he is only insured upto £2400. But I dont want him to suffer either. The vet also checked his spine and his feet but nothing, he said to rest him no playing or walks but it has been 4 weeks now and it is impossible to rest him. Please help me I am desperate to find out the problem.

Many thanks Katie

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Mar 30, 2017
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Luxating patella NEW
by: Anonymous

If it is the back legs that they are limping on then the dog may have luxating patella which is where the joint keeps popping in and out of the socket. Usually the dog will limp during and after exercise as this is when the joint moves around which is painful for the dog. Surgery will also be required for luxating patella and after hydrotherapy is recommended to strengthen the joint and build muscle around it. Raw diet is also good

Mar 30, 2017
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IOHC NEW
by: Anonymous

IOHC (Incomplete Ossification of the humeral condyle)
It's basically a fissure in the dogs elbow that can easily turn into a fracture.
Symptoms = limping after exercise, when getting up from rest and after high impact activities.
My working cocker had it and would limp after every walk and when she woke up.
Surgery is required and a screw/bolt will be out in the elbow. This will hold it together and prevent s fracture occurring. The dog will need to rest for about 8 weeks and should avoid all jumping one the screw is in even after it has healed over.
Some dogs will lump even after IOHC surgery. If this is the case then hydrotherapy is beneficial to get the dog strong again and to build muscle around the joint. The dog will also be more likely to get arthritis or inflammation if they have had IOHC and the op so a change in diet is recommended. Grains on kibble can aggregate the joints and therefore a raw diet supplemented with golden paste (turmeric, black peppercorns and coconut oil), glucosamine, chrondroitin and salmon oil for joints.

Feb 04, 2017
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right- rear leg limping NEW
by: Anonymous

our 7 year old springer has been limping since November 2016. She has been on anti-inflammatory meds and has been getting laser therapy weekly. She is able to walk 1/4 mile however limps. I can feel her kneecap moving and was hoping by now that with reduction of inflammation the kneecap would seat itself. Surgery seems too difficult to deal with. She could not tolerate the rehab of rest for 8 weeks. Any suggestions?

Jan 18, 2015
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Brittany spaniel NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you tried cutting there nails my dog was limping because it hurt to walk on his nails!!

Jan 18, 2015
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Brittany spaniel NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you tried cutting there nails my dog was limping because it hurt to walk on his nails!!

Jan 18, 2015
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Brittany spaniel NEW
by: Anonymous

Have you tried cutting there nails my dog was limping because it hurt to walk on his nails!!

Apr 30, 2014
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Woody NEW
by: Wendie

My 4 year old stinger spaniel has also been walking very slowly and has had trouble getting up stairs, off furniture etc and sometimes he crys out when using his front legs. I took him to the vets yesterday and they have x rayed him, his hips are ok, back legs ok but the front 2 legs have shown some minor irregularity. They think he was born with it. He is now on a course of Metacam for 2 weeks and he has to lose a bit of weight.

I feel pretty bad as he has been like this for 2 weeks and I thought it was his pads, I would suggest go straight to your vets as it gives peace of mind. It is very upsetting seeing Woody like he is as I am use to seeing him running around chasing birds etc. I hope this is just a one off and that we get the old Woody back ASAP. Hope this helps.

Jan 31, 2014
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IOHC NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi Does anyone have the full name for IOHC as I can't find this online and I would like to suggest it to my vets who thinks my springer has a soft tissue injury but can't find any swelling or actual pain issues on my welsh springer who has recently started limping on his front left after a walk. Trying to rest him is a nightmare as he appears well and is barking constantly to be let out.

Help please

Dec 29, 2013
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Limping spaniel NEW
by: Anonymous

Oh dear we too have the same limping problem with our 9month old springer spaniel . We have been to vets and he was given an injection and a weeks worth of anti inflammatory medicine. It's so hard not to take these very active dogs for a walk as he doesn't understand that we are trying to do what's best for him :(

Dec 29, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Oh dear we too have the same limping problem with our 9month old springer spaniel . We have been to vets and he was given an injection and a weeks worth of anti inflammatory medicine. It's so hard not to take these very active dogs for a walk as he doesn't understand that we are trying to do what's best for him :(

Sep 04, 2013
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IOHC post op limping NEW
by: Glenn

Hi My 5 mth puppy Dexter had the IOHC op 6 weeks ago. He still limps slightly on his leg and when he is staionary he holds his leg up! Cant really walk him on his lead as he pulls and I think he may strai his elbow. He's on a months course of antibiotics to take the swelling down from his elbow joint as it was infected. We just let him off in the garden for a short while then put him back in his pen. How long will it take for a full recovery, just so I can take him for a walk in the park at least. Feel for the lad as he's not even had a decent walk yet ever!!!

Aug 05, 2013
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Limping spaniel - problem identified NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi there.
Just in case it can help anyone else I wanted to share what I think is the solution I have just found to our problem (for our 10-mth old cocker spaniel, Poppy), which sounds like it could be similar.

In summary, the symptoms were that she would start periodically limping on the front legs - mainly the left but sometimes the right. She'd often be absolutely fine at the start of the walk but the limping might typically come on after she'd be running or hard or playing with other dogs. Also there'd be a brief period of limping after she's be sleeping or lying down.

No thorns etc stuck in paws and no flinching when any of the legs are manipulated.

This has been going on for the last 2-3mths at least.

Took her to the vets, x-rays showed no problems. Took 'Metacam' anti-inflammatories for many weeks but no change.

So... yesterday we think we found the problem and the solution.
Under her front armpits the hair was very matted and there were loads of little plant seeds trapped deep within her fur. We think the 'lumps' of hair and seeds were chafing her under the armpits.

All seeds now removed and hair un-matted and it looks like it has solved the issue - fingers crossed.

If your spaniel plays in long grass then it is certainly worth checking.

May 27, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Hi

Many thanks to all of you for writing this thread. Our Springer is 4 and has encountered a limp on and off a few times over the past few months, however today he's really bad.

We are taking him to the vet tomorrow and will get the scan and x-ray completed, I hope all is goes ok.

I just wanted to say thanks for posting such excellent advice

Jan 12, 2013
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Limping problems NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi to all.
Is there any updates regarding limping problems .
My 5 month old spaniel (jake) has started to limp .
Just walking him now on a long lead for a few days hoping he will get better .
But scared he won't .

Sep 08, 2012
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6 month springer limping NEW
by: Bev

Hi i'm having a similar problem with my 6 month old springer pup. He suddenly became lame about 6 weeks ago took home straight to the vets they did xrays and couldn't find anything, he was put on metacam and rested ( well as much as you can at his age) after two weeks it seemed to be better. Then two weeks ago suddenly started again, same as others have said limps after exercise and when been sleeping but first thing in the morning is fine. Have rested him for three days and lead walk today and its made no difference, the vets want to refer him to fitzpatrick but its a very long way from me and I'm also worried as the vet stay last month has triggered awful separation anxiety and have heard they will keep him overnight which he's gonna find to traumatic :( if it is iohc what happens after the op?

Jun 25, 2012
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by: Anonymous

hi when aggy was 5 months old i noticed she would go lame on her front left leg after running round in the fields at first i thought it was something in her paw but couldnt find anything after a few days resting it would go away.i took her to my local vet who couldnt find anything wrong with her and put it down to lack of muscle around the shoulder and said it would go away when the muscle has built up.it didnt .. i then took her back and had an xray done which then showed she had iohc which doesnt normally show up on an xray.we then went to noel fitzpatrick in godalming for a scan which showed she had iohc in both elbows which would need a titanium screw in each i was devastated.because i took her to the vet within the first 14 days of taking out the pet insurance they would not pay for the operation so far it has cost me nearly 4000 pound shes been in a cage for 7 weeks only allowed out for short walks on a lead to releave herself,shes happy in herself and thinks she is healed but one slip and the whole thing could well have to be done again.because shes so bouncy and wound up after being stuck in a cage ive been told to keep her in there for another 5 weeks.they do say a full recovery is expected but cannot garantee the screews will not break under pressure.if i had to have it done again im not sure i would is it fair on her !! is it fair on us !!! ask me again in a few months time..this condition is getting more common in spaniels unfortunatly.

May 28, 2012
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my springer spaniel is still limping NEW
by: Anonymous

Toby Update: after the x-ray a small growth on the inside of his knee was spotted by the vet/specialist. It is common in puppies for the bones to grow in 'spurts'. Toby continued to limp after little accidents and going bezerk like puppies always will. If your puppy limps let it rest and try to keep it calm. Toby has grown up into a handsome well mannered young lad. He still goes crazy and we've found the best ever solution - he's a great swimmer. Swimming is good because there is no load on the joints, the dog will get a good workout and will be tired afterwards. The vet says he'll probably suffer from arthritis in later life, but for the moment he's fighting fit and we all love him to bits.

Jul 11, 2011
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by: Jen

My 3 year old springer spaniel has just been diagnosed with IHOC - a condition, in laymans terms, where the upper bone in the front let has not fused and there is movement within it causing him to limp. There is a high chance that the bone may fracture and this is often how the condition is first picked up. It is extremely difficult to pick up the condition on an x-ray, but will be seen in a scan. He is going to be operated on tomorrow when they will insert a pin or screw through the bone to hold it firmly in place. It is in both elbows! I understand that he should fully recover. Never having heard of it, it is apparently a a very common condition in spaniels. There are some very informative papers on the internet. My vet knew nothing about it and it wasn't until he was referred to a specialist that it was picked up on. I too am only insured for £2.5k and the scan is not cheap but worth every penny. Early diagnosis is really important both from a point of view of cost and of avoiding fractures.

Jul 11, 2011
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Limping Springer Spaniels
by: Jen

My 3 year old springer spaniel has just been diagnosed with IHOC - a condition, in laymans terms, where the upper bone in the front let has not fused and there is movement within it causing him to limp. There is a high chance that the bone may fracture and this is often how the condition is first picked up. It is extremely difficult to pick up the condition on an x-ray, but will be seen in a scan. He is going to be operated on tomorrow when they will insert a pin or screw through the bone to hold it firmly in place. It is in both elbows! I understand that he should fully recover. Never having heard of it, it is apparently a a very common condition in spaniels. There are some very informative papers on the internet. My vet knew nothing about it and it wasn't until he was referred to a specialist that it was picked up on. I too am only insured for £2.5k and the scan is not cheap but worth every penny. Early diagnosis is really important both from a point of view of cost and of avoiding fractures.

May 21, 2011
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by: Anonymous

Toby our 5 month old springer pup has had a left front leg limp on and off for a number of weeks. The first time he was playing in the garden and after a few days of rest he was ok.We checked his paw etc but could find nothing wrong. He then fell over during a long walk and had 2 weeks off 'walking'. I took him out the other day and he bounced round like crazy then he gets home and starts limping again. Each time he started limping it was after or during a growth spurt. I don't want him on pain killers if they will mask damage being done, but in 3 weeks he's due for a free check up at the vets so we'll be going out for walks as normal and if it gets worse then i'm going to suggest an x-ray.

Jan 24, 2011
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RE:My springer spaniel is still limping help
by: Christine

Hi, I totally understand how you feel. My 9 month old Springer Spaniel Alfie has started limping after long walks. I noticed that after resting he doesn't put any weight on his back tight leg. We checked his pad to make sure there's nothing stuck inside or any cuts but nothing. We took him to the vets who examined him but couldn't find any discomfort. He thought Alfie may of sprained his leg and put him on medication. After two weeks of "resting" and taking medication it seemed better until Saturday. I took him on a walk and all of Saturday night he limped and didn't seem himself. But then Sunday & today there is no limp? We have an appointment this evening so are going to ask the vet to do any test's or x-rays he needs to do to try and find out what's wrong. I'll let you know how we get on.

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