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    Unhappy Limping in Hind Leg

    My bull terrier female is the picture in my signature. She is 7 months old and has had a slight limp in her left hind leg for about 2 weeks now (maybe less). I really dont have money for a big vet visit right now, the vets here are soo expensive, so its really a last option. She will put weight on it, she never cries and i can touch, move and rub it with no problem. she runs and plays but when standing, she favors it a little bit. i kept her real still for like a few days and it stoped, but when she picked up activity it started again. there is nothing at view that is noticable. my friend suggested a torn ACL and has me totally worried now. I am going to start giving natural joint supplements and i thought about giving her a gentle massage daily to see if it helps while keeping her activity totally down, white gentle walks. i really do not have money for a vet visit, but will have no choice if it doesnt clear up in a couple weeks. please any ideas on what can be done or what might have caused it? before she got it she was really active, she ran and jumped (i tried to control it but shes a puppy) and so im not sure how it was caused. she was fine the night before, i took her out to potty in ther morning (when i first noticed it) and she was limping, but it has got better. any ideas?

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    Sounds like a torn acl to me but I am no expert. If anything I would do my best to keep her confined. If it is badly torn than I would think surgery is the only option, but like I said, I am no expert. I would think that if she is still limping after a couple weeks and whatever you are doing isn't helping, than a vet visit is the best way to go.

  3. Torn ACL can be caused by little things, sometimes. Debbie's dog, I believe, tore it while peeing.

    I don't have any more advice, maybe ice it at night and apply heat right before you go on a light walk. I would buy her some new toys ad keep her crated mostly.

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    im a bit concerned that she may need some gentle walks because if she does not exercise it will just flare up again if she tries to do anything, and some exercise will help to strengthen her body, kinda like physical therapy. because if its a muscle or something, i would think it needed to be worked a tiny bit to help it grow stronger. i dont know i just think maybe the massages will help, shes totally stir crazy cause i am not letting her exercise at all.

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    what did debbie do to help her dog? was it fixed? because my friend said there will be nothing i can do and she will have it forever:(

  5. Debbie's dog had the surgery to fix her ACL. Her ACL was repaired as far as I know.

    I would give her NO walks for a week or so. Then I would limit them to just a couple short laps around the block and build it up from there.

    Do you know anyone with a pool? Swimming is a great way to help build up muscles because it does't put much strain on the joints and such I've heard.

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    Awww.... poor girly. Deeohgee had ACL surgery, but that was when she was with her ''adoptive home''. She's all healed up now though but I'm still really careful with her as she's a nut bar and I worry about her reinjuring it, or injuring the other one which is common. I hope it's nothing that serious, but if it's been going on for two weeks, I'd be concerned. How is her appetite? I had a foster that had panosteitis and often they will not be eating well. Of course you won't really know until you get in her into the vet.

    http://www.critterchat.net/pano.htm

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    have it forever? Why? Sounds strange to me!

    Where in AZ do you live?

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    well i looked online at some info on torn ACL. i remember dogs coming in with it and getting the surgery and how the vet munipulated the leg and it would make a pop if it was torn, so i tried that, i was careful, but i remember a vet showing me how to do it. i felt nothing moving out of the ordinary. i gave her a massage and she loved it, she litterally looked like she was in heaven. i live in catalina, arizona, but also kinda tucson. yea they stay torn if they dont get surgery, my friend said her pug had it and she never got the surgery which a specialist suggested cause he was a pug. i am really getting concerned and i will definitly keep her energy down, i eventually want to do weight pulling with her and other good exercises that she loves to do, and this is freaking me out. i tend to over worry tho, i just think this would be the worst thing ever!!

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    if they have a torn ACL would she be in obvious pain?

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    I don't know about "obvious pain" but I would think it would be noticeable to the naked eye, which is enough for me to get vet attention. Especially bully breeds, imo, are tough and would not act as if anything is wrong whether there is an issue or not. If something has lasted more than a couple of weeks I would take it to the vets attention. If you are attempting to do major work with your dog (ie, pull, agility, etc.) then I would think vet attention would be a top priority regardless of "obvious pain".
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    it says on the site that there would be pain and inflamation which she has known of that, and i rubbed on her leg and massaged it and she never even moved to look at what i was doing, she didnt care. i have a friend thats a vet, i will give him a call tomorrow, and see if the massages help at all and see if it clears up here in a bit, if not i will take her in.

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    Just a thought as well... every ''pay day'' I sock away a specific amount to go into an ''emergency vet fund'' and I don't touch it unless I have to. For basic vet stuff, I'll weedle it out of my regular spending money, and don't touch the ''emergency fund'' unless I have no other option, so that I always have a good chunk socked away for an unforeseen emergency. Saved my dogs lives, literally. Venus came down with cancer three freakin' times. I don't know what I would have done if I didn't have that back up money. I literally would have had to put her down to prevent her suffering. :( With dogs there are always going to be those unexpected expenses. I considered doing the insurance, but I figured why give some company my money when I can save up myself.

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    thats a good idea, i will do that just as soon as i get a job. :(

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    Gaud.. I hear ya. I've so gotta find something I can do on the side. This being supported by the ex sucks freakin' big time. Does not sit well with my independant nature.

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    yea i agree. still getting unemployment for 2 more weeks, and i totally dont need a big vet bill right now. but im looking for a job as of now, desperately cause i have never not payed for my dogs, and to even consider asking my boyfriend for dog food makes me cringe.

  15. Side thought: you've thoroughly checked her pads and legs for anything that could be bothering her right? I knew of a puppy with a limp(it was very slight) and it turned out he had had a piece of somethig gl$#@! stuck in between his padsd on his foot.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by jillibean87 View Post
    Side thought: you've thoroughly checked her pads and legs for anything that could be bothering her right? I knew of a puppy with a limp(it was very slight) and it turned out he had had a piece of somethig gl$#@! stuck in between his padsd on his foot.
    I was just thinking the same thing. Zoey did this really freaky leg shake one day while we were walking and I started worrying and realized it was a sticker between her paw pads.

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    My dog had a pulled acl. The best thing for your dog is a vet! At the least it needs anti-inflamitory meds to reduce the swelling and pain. Talk to your vet and explain your situation - best case $35 office fee and $15 script. My dog showed NO pain symptoms or exterior swelling but lifted his rear leg up only when standing. The longer you wait the worse your dog can get; it could go from a pull to a tear in no time. 100% crate rest and only leashed potty walks. If you wait and it is a tear the surgery is usually around $1500. Good luck!

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    taking her into the vet today at 4:30. my friend says her bull terrier had a broken toe and acted the same way as mine, i hope its a broken toe over a torn ACL!! please have us in your thoughts!

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    yea they stay torn if they dont get surgery, my friend said her pug had it and she never got the surgery which a specialist suggested cause he was a pug.

    Sorry, I thought he meant it would stay like that forever even with treatment.DUH! :o

    Please let us know on the vet visit! Sorry about your work situation. Somewhat in the same boat.

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    so we went to the vet and the vet rubbed on her leg and he says to me 'seems like a torn acl.' i litterally almost passed out, i have never had an injury this severe with my 4 dogs and one cat. I thought he would be more sure of himself if it was torn or not but he didnt seem 100% sure of him self, prolly because there were no x rays to be sure ( i have severe trust issues with vets i used to work for them i know they can BS you). my boyfriend thinks if it was a severe tore, he would be more certain. the vet said she needs 2 weeks of NO exercise and no stairs and has to only walk on lead to potty...so life is about to get really really boring for her. its so hard because she really will not sit still i should have asked for sedatives seriously i dont know wtf i am going to do with her. he said if its a slight tear than she will heal on her own, which i hope the dang dog is only 7 months old! i am really beating myself up over this and blamming myself as i did nothing to keep her still when i saw her limping i just let her run around like nothing was wrong, she has done so much since she hurt herself i honestly dont know how it could be minor when no precautions were taken, like none until 3 days ago. my friend suggested a broken toe, but i have to believe the vet, he gave her a shot and sent home some pills and i just went with whatever they said like a beat up dog. im taking it pretty hard i guess you can say...:(:(

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