View Full Version : Gabby's reacurring hind leg problem

23rd February 2009, 11:25 AM

Friday evening for no reason Gabby yelped, she went quiet and was reluctant to move, obviously in pain and limping. She seen the vet on Saturday morning and it seems her left hind leg problem (last year xrays ruled out a slipping knee cap, so vet suspected sprained/torn ligament) has returned, plus the vet said Gabby was having muscle spasms in her back, so Gabby is on Metacam.

This morning she has seen the vet again and she will stay on Metacam until as least Friday when she will be assessed again, hopefully things will have settled and then she will start a course of cartrophen injections (this will be her second course).

Soon after a Metacam injection on Saturday, she seemed better, plus taking the oral Metacam since, she is rearing to go, but unfortunately for Gabby she is on limited exercise and she is supposed to rest. So I have an energetic, lively one year old on my hands who protests greatly when I leave her behind to take Jasper on a walk, even leaving her in the garden is proving difficult cause she wants to run and I have steps. She can lead walk for 10 - 15 mins.

So this seems to be a problem Gabby will have now for the future, I was really hoping that her first episode was a one off, and with her H D she seems in a right state poor thing Anyway, just having a little moan about things, thanks for listening (so to speak :))

23rd February 2009, 01:12 PM
Sorry to hear this has happened again.Keeping a lively young cavalier quiet and resting is a tall order:).
It's good to know the symptoms have eased off and hopefully in time the ligamets will heal up and she'll be fine.

23rd February 2009, 01:17 PM
I'm sorry to hear Gabby's leg is giving her some troubl again, i hope the meds help her x x

23rd February 2009, 06:44 PM
I'm glad Gabby is feeling better :flwr:

If I were in your position and Gabby was my dog, I tihnk I would get a second opinion on the hind leg situation.. maybe your vet can refer you to an orthopedic specialist - I had great experience with one :flwr:

23rd February 2009, 07:07 PM
Agree with Sara; I'd probably want a specialist opinion as well.

23rd February 2009, 08:23 PM
Have they actually xrayed this dogs hips, and are you adding glucosamine, Chondroitin, msm, for mobility support.

24th February 2009, 01:16 AM
One of my dad's dogs suddenly started limping and favoring a hind leg. They x-ray'd and it was a ligament. They tried doing the no stairs/ no walks thing, but the limp would not go away and it was impossible for them to keep her from running at times.

So, she had surgery and all is good now! They had to go to an orthopedic specialist.

24th February 2009, 10:20 PM
Thank you :).

She was suppose to start a dog training class tonight but I canceled thinking it may be unwise for now.

I will ask her vet about a specialist on Friday. Her vet as talked about mri scan and a arthroscopy, this was last August when the problem started.

Harleyfarley - no I am not using what you mention, my vet haven't prescribed them. Gabby had xrays last year which showed mild H D.

28th February 2009, 05:20 PM
I agree with the suggestions above, you should probably see a specialist.

With all due respect, dislocated kneecaps (luxating patellas) are rarely diagnosed on X-rays - unless they're very bad (long story). The diagnosis can be made 99% of the time by a good orthopedic exam, ie by palpating the kneecap.

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14th March 2009, 08:49 PM
Sorry to hear about the leg problem. Our Moll who is 9-yrs old ruptured a cruciate ligament last year. No previous problems but she chased a bird as she often does and suddenly pulled up on this occasion with a yelp. We tried,on the vets advice, a period of rest but eventually she had to have the cruciate ligament operation where nylon thread is tied into the joint. After a long period of supervised exercise on the lead she made a complete recovery.
In February this year she did the same thing again to the other leg while playing a rough game with our Blenheim. This time we opted for the operation to be done immediately and she is recovering much more quickly. It is an unpleasant and worrying prospect but our advice for what it is worth is to have the op done quickly and to follow the vets instructions for after care as closely as possible.