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and is favoring her left front leg. There is no sign of injury and the vet found some slight swelling in the front of the leg. I can't tell it myself. He gave her some pills which, over the course of a couple of days, had her back to normal. But now that the pills have run out, she is back to limping again.

I'd hoped that whatever she did to herself had healed and it wasn't the medicine that made the difference.

Riley loves to lay on her back and squirm on the grass. Yesterday she was doing this and I heard her yelp and she quickly went back to her feet. So whatever has been bothering her continues to do so.

I'm scheduled to take her back to the vet today for xrays.

This all just came on one morning a few weeks ago. No prior indication of an issue. So I have no idea what she's dealing with.

Riley will be 6 in August. She has a healthy appetite (always has). And is up-to-date on all her vaccinations.

Any suggestions or thoughts?
 

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What was the medicine she was taking? Did the vet do any blood tests? My dogs have gotten different tick dieases the caused swolling and pain.
 

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No blood tests. Her temp is normal. The medication is Rimadyl.

XRays were done today. There is something unexpected showing up on her left foreleg. The vet doesn't know what it is... could be a healing fracture... or could be something else. It doesn't have the pattern of a couple of possible sarcomas he mentioned. He doesn't want to biopsy yet as it could interfere with the healing process if in fact, that's what it is.

We're supposed to go back in a month for more XRays to see if anything has changed.

Meanwhile, Riley is back on Rimadyl.
 

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No blood tests. Her temp is normal. The medication is Rimadyl.

XRays were done today. There is something unexpected showing up on her left foreleg. The vet doesn't know what it is... could be a healing fracture... or could be something else. It doesn't have the pattern of a couple of possible sarcomas he mentioned. He doesn't want to biopsy yet as it could interfere with the healing process if in fact, that's what it is.

We're supposed to go back in a month for more XRays to see if anything has changed.

Meanwhile, Riley is back on Rimadyl.
Since this has been going on for weeks, I suspected bone/joint/tendon involvement. Did the vet suggest crate rest? Strict on leash potty and short walks?
 

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thought i read rear leg................... hmmmmmmm, front leg lameness, does she hold that leg up or point it out further than the other one when she stands?


I am slow today..........they did see something 'odd' on the xray.........

Hope all will be well.

Hugz to Riley!
 

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Since this has been going on for weeks, I suspected bone/joint/tendon involvement. Did the vet suggest crate rest? Strict on leash potty and short walks?
No to crate rest. Yes to leash potty and short walks. I haven't done a good job on the leash potty part.

thought i read rear leg................... hmmmmmmm, front leg lameness, does she hold that leg up or point it out further than the other one when she stands?


I am slow today..........they did see something 'odd' on the xray.........

Hope all will be well.

Hugz to Riley!
When she sits, sometimes I see her putting weight on her right leg and holding her left paw off the ground. I haven't really noticed anything different when she stands. Sometimes the limp is more pronounced than at other times (not considering the medication).

When she's on the Rimadyl, she acts like she's completely well and wants to play, etc. It's hard to restrain her.
 

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Hmmm, usually vets will not give a dog pain meds if the dog is not on crate rest. This is because the pain meds mask the problem, allowing the dog to cause more damage.

Since they did see something odd on the bone, try your best not to give in and let your dog play, even though she seems fine (that's the meds taking affect) when she is on the meds, crate her, or tie her to you, or ask her to chill on the bed. The more she runs, jumps, and turns, the more irritated and damaged the problem area will become.

Hope they can get to the bottom of this and get her well!
 

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Good luck with the x-rays. I hope it is nothing serious.

Osteosarcoma is diagnosed based on the x-rays and without biopsy, due to the very distinguishable pattern of bone.

How long has she done this and where on the leg is it?
 

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It appears to be on the front of the leg directly in front of the elbow... or whatever it's called on a dog.

I'd say this has been going on about 3 weeks. She just got up one morning limping. No prior warning and no detectable injury.

 

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Nothing new to report. The vet says more xrays in 30 days to see if there's any change. Rimadyl is doing a great job, but hope it's not the permanent solution.
 

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Nothing new to report. The vet says more xrays in 30 days to see if there's any change. Rimadyl is doing a great job, but hope it's not the permanent solution.
I'd hate to say this, but have you thought of finding another vet? I have never heard a vet do the 'wait and see' approach with a pathology on the bone. It could be a fracture, true or false arthritis, bone spurs, cancer, and other diseases. None suggest an observational time period. Your vet may be stumped and too proud to refer you to another vet.
 

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I have thought about it. But am not sure. Would it be a consideration to ask for her XRays to show another vet for a 2nd opinion? I don't think my vet would have a problem with me getting a 2nd opinion. Not really worried about it either. Just not sure how to deal with Riley's issue since it seems ambiguous.
 

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Your vet should be able to have the x-rays read by a radiologist for you. VR's are usually in Special Medical Centres with other specialists, at least here, and here a referral is required.
 

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Update:

Riley has been limping for about a month. I've had her to the vet a couple of times and about 2 weeks ago, had Xrays taken. The Xrays showed either a growth or a healing fracture. We were hopeful for the latter.

Her condition has worsened and I took her back today. More Xrays showed that she has some form of cancer that's literally eating the bone in her left front foreleg. The doc says it's either osteosarcoma or chondrosarcoma, he can't tell without a biopsy. Either way is bad news.

We don't know how long we have with her. But as fast as this is progressing, I expect it's a matter of weeks at most.

We are beyond sad.
 

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I am so sorry for this diagnosis. I lost my first (own) dobe to Osteosarcoma and it was heartbreaking. Hugs to you and Riley.
 

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My deepest sympathy. Is your girl on Tramadol? This can ease the pain -- for a while -- and give you some time to prepare (if such a thing is even possible) and to let Riley know how much she is loved. Yes, osteo is very aggressive and very painful. It's how we lost our big ol' special guy in 2008. He let us know when the Tramadol was no longer effective, and we made sure that he didn't suffer. It was hard, but our final days with him were precious. I hope you experience the same thing with your Riley.
 
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