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Swollen and Limping!

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This is regarding my guy Cotto, just turned 8 years old on July 4th, is 125lbs and in great physical shape. My vet and everyone else is amazed at his age, looks and acts like a 4 year old! Long story short, Coptto has been favoring his rear right leg for roughly a week. Within a day his leg got extremely swollen and he wouldnt put pressure on it. Brought him to the vet for x-rays and treatment, and when I picked him up the swelling was the same if not worse and he was very uncomfortable throughout the night, whining in pain. Ive been treating him with anti-inflammatory and icing, but the swelling has hardly gone down (roughly 24/hrs) My concern is that the vet was unable to determine the cause and said to come back in 5-7 days. hes doing better now, does anyone have experience treating sprains or strains? any info will help thank uuuuuuu!
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Without knowing what's going on my only advise is get him to rest in his crate if he's crate trained and take it really easy. Where is the swelling? If you're intuition is telling you something's really wrong take him to another vet for a second opinion.
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The xray came back showing nothing, vet said maybe a possibility of some of the small bones could be damaged but no sure sign. The swelling increased a little since this morning. I spoke to the vet again she said some benadryll and to call her in th AM. Any ideas off of the pictures?
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Benadryl?? That is an antihistamine. Do they think the problem is a bite of some sort (spider, snake, bee sting, etc) or some substance that he could be having an allergic reaction to?

Perhaps they are just covering all the bases because they can’t come up with a definitive cause??

Anyway--good luck. I hope your guy feels better soon.

If you don’t see any improvement by the beginning of next week or so and he is still in pain, since your general vet has no firm suggestions what the problem could be, you probably should seek a second opinion. If he seems to be getting worse, you might even want to think about bringing him to a specialist (perhaps a canine orthopedist?)

I would limit his exercise--if he has a tendon tear or a sprain or some sort, “bed rest” should help.

Disclaimer: I am not a vet. Internet advice should be taken with a grain of salt--it is worth what it costs...nothing.

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He started limping before the swelling came in? And the vet said that some of his small bones could be damaged? Do the damaged areas look moth eaten, dense (bright white) or transparent?

To me, this is something that has been going on for far too long. A week with no improvements is very worrisome. Any bloodwork done? Are you comfortable going to another vet for a second opinion?

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wow that is odd, it looks like fluid buildup in that hind leg...

https://www.cuteness.com/article/care-dogs-swollen-leg

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Peripheral Edema




The term peripheral edema describes the buildup of the body's fluids in one or more of a dog's limbs. A focal or localized edema may be caused by traumatic injury to the limb or from a toxin being introduced, such as from an insect bite. Diffuse or generalized edema may be caused by disease, such as congestive heart failure or kidney disease. It can be caused by tying a bandage too tightly or by abnormal growth of tissues in the lymphatic system, part of the circulatory system, which keeps the body's fluids in balance and removes impurities. Peripheral edema is diagnosed by a needle biopsy or by aspirating the fluid, drawing the fluid from the area. An electrocardiogram may be used to diagnose related heart conditions. Amputation may be required in the case of prolonged or severe edema."

Did your Vet say whether it was fluid or not?

I hope everything will be ok with your boy.

Hugz to Cotto.

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Yeah.. I'd have blood work done to check the kidneys at least.
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I thought it looked like fluid too. Autoimmune reaction, or lymph node/circulation problem (Like Darkevs quote said)??

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Thanks for the info everyone! Bloodwork was done and everything came back ok, But I am going tomorrow to a different vet for a second opinion. He doesnt seem to be in pain because he is able to get up and move around, not favoring the leg like he was even though there is more swelling than before. I will update after the vet tomorrow. Thanks again everyone for your help I greatly appreciate it. -Vic
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From my limited experience It does look loke a fluid buildup. His leg is warmer than usual and a little tight when moved. Will check for any kidney related problems as well. Thank you all -Vic
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Vic90, can we get an update on your boy please.
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I know this thread is old, but we are having a similar experience with our dobie girl. We’ve done bloodwork, X-ray and have no definite answer as to what is going on. We were sent home with antibiotics and anti inflammatory medicines to see if it improves, and were told to give it a few days. The vet said it could be a puncture, maybe a snake or spider bite or could possibly be something worse (like cancer). We are seeing no improvement so far with the medications and the vet now wants to do an ultrasound. Was hoping you could let me know what the outcome was with your Cotto, to maybe help us find an answer to our situation.
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The OP hasn't been on the forum since this thread ended.

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