(Closed) Dog Limping/Not Putting Weight on Back Foot After Swimming??

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Yes, they can. You can apply an ice pack wrapped in a cloth (or frozen peas) to the area and let him rest until his appointment. Walks are okay, but no more jumping. Call your veterinarian and see what else you can do.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

Dogs can pretty much do anything and everything to themselves that people can.

I don’t really have any suggestions, just wanted to mention that I hope your guy feels better and that it isn’t serious.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have a black lab mix who was hit by a car when he was a stray.  He has a gimp back leg which causes him to have hip dysplasia in the other leg due to over-compensation.  I am saying this because you mentioned that your dog is jumping off of a dock….jumping is very, very hard on hips.  From what I have been told my my vet you should try to keep him from jumping as much as possible.  (My response was–well you try to keep him from jumping when a tennis ball is involved 🙂 ) I really hope your little man feels better!!

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsDrRose612:  you are right….water aerobics is the BEST form of exercise for dogs with hip problems…it’s just jumping.  I mean I could be wrong…but I have always been told that the jump itself causes them to put a lot on strain on their hip.  But I dont know if your lab is like mine, but mine will NEVER yelp or cry out in pain. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee

@MrsDrRose612:  Swimming is low impact… jumping off the dock is not. Poor guy, probably needs from ice and some rest.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MrsDrRose612:   Honestly, I’m sure this is just a sprain or something minor and time will make that all better.  Don’t stress, just make sure you keep him from jumping up on couches, beds, etc. as much as possible.  I’m positive he will be just fine.  Dogs are amazing that way!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

As others have mentioned, it’s most likely a strained muscle, but just to be on the safe side, have your vet check out is CCL ligament using the “drawer test” (manual manipulation of the knee)  The CCL is the dog version of the human ACL ligament, and unfortunately, labs are notorious for tearing them.

We noticed our lab started limping one day, but never saw him do anything specific to hurt it (no yelps etc).  It was most obvious after he’d get up from lying down for awhile, but he seemed to walk it off after a few steps, so we assumed it was a sore muscle.  We lightened up his activity, and after a week, it was still obvious, so we took him to the vet.  The vet felt it was just a pulled muscle at first too, and told us to restrict activity completely for a couple weeks, and then slowly work back up to his regular level.

Umfortunately, the limp never went away completely, so we took him back again, and this time they suspected a torn CCL.  After sedation and X-rays, and a positive drawer test, they confirmed the diagnosis. We had two options – restrict activity completely for 8 weeks, or surgery.  We decided to try to avoid unnecessary surgery, but even after 8 weeks of no activity other than short pee/poop walks, it was still an issue (often the case with larger dogs).

So we ended up doing surgery, and it’s been great ever since (took 4 months of propery recovery time and a slow ramp up to regular activities).

 

Anyways, all this to say – have the vet check his knees too! And labs can be fairly stoic animals (our dog never yelped in pain, even when the vet was manipulating his sore knee). It wasn’t until he was under sedation that they could get a true positive drawers sign (ie the knee moves too far forward when manipulated).

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