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Old 12-28-2012, 09:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am a brand new member to this site. My name is Donna Lauria; my husband and I live in Sharon Hill, PA (small suburb just outside of Phila.). We have four dobermans - all males. Romulus (red - age 7), Lucius (black, age 6), Zuriel (fawn - age 5), and Maximus (blue - age 4).

I "googled" a swollen leg condition and clicked on this website - glad I did!!!

Our red dobe, Romy, developed a huge swollen right hind leg after having been re-sutured from a surgery a month and a half ago. He had a benign tumor removed from his right side; the wound opened so the doctor had to re-suture. He was given a shot in his right hind leg to either numb or relax him. 5 days later, his right hind leg blew up unbelievably.

We took him to a different vet's office; they took an x-ray and determined that there is no break or fracture in the leg and treated him with an antibiotic & anti-inflammatory med. No help.

So - yesterday we took him to yet a third veterinarian (one with whom we are very familiar and have tons of trust in); Dr Balzer took her own x-ray - she also looked at the x-ray from the other office. She feels that it's a tissue issue and thinks that the needle he was given has something to do with it. She also mentioned that dobermans are susceptible to a condition that affects the tissue in their legs (I don't remember the name of the condition).

He is now on prednisone for 10 days (decreasing dosage) and she may recommend accupunture.

If anyone has any suggestions, or has been through something similiar with one of their dobes - please share!
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Old 12-28-2012, 11:01 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could the vet be talking about Wobblers? Not really a soft tissue back leg thing, but I can't think of anything else that is a Doberman condition causing swollen legs.

By "the needle" do you mean recent vaccines? Sometimes vaccines can cause a bunch of swelling, but usually it is at the site of injection.

Also, wow, 4 males in one house?! You are a brave person. After this issue is resolved I would do some reading on male/male aggression. I am very happy that you are having success so far, but perhaps read up just in case.
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