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Border Collie Cross Lame

Zoe is 12/13 yrs old she is a rescue dog we also have one of her pups,from birth,who is now 11. While on a walk she began limping on her back right leg and trots on three legs,now it seems painful to bear weight on it,the centre of pain, on inspection,is in the top joint to the body. She wasn't distressed by the condition. It developed while running free over uneven terrain.She has had short periods of limping before,but it goes away and she's ok. I assumed it was arthritus,but seems much worse this time. She is getting better gradually

15/1/06

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Martina Stuart

I presume that by the top joint you mean the stifle which is the dog's equivalent to our knee. This is the joint closest to where the skin of the front of the leg joins to the abdomen in a fold of skin. The hip joint is higher on the leg at spinal level and is not readily visualised as a joint. There are as many cartilages as ligaments in your collie's stifles as there are in a human footballer's knees and they are just as prone to injury. There are a multitude of medications and treatments available depending on the exact nature of the problem.
The golden rules are the sooner any problem is accuately diagnosed and treated the more satisfactory the result is likely to be. Excercise should be strictly controlled ie lead excercise only and no dashing up and down the hall etc until that diagnosis is made.

15/1/06

maz

Took zoe to our vets today, It was diagnosed as an agrevated arthretic joint.she prescribed anti-inflammatory tablets,and as you recommend just lead exercise only.Many thanks for your advice.

16/1/06

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