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Old 04-13-2009, 02:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My boy Costanza about a year ago turned 4. He also started to limp on his back legs or keep his right rear leg off the ground after hard long play. I took him to the vet two times last summer about it. Vet took xrays both times, performed basic manipulations of legs looking for signs of a torn ligiment, hip displacia, etc. He found nothing. The vet explained it as like an athelete pulling a muscle. My Boxer is a bigger male around 87lbs and mostly muscle so he is on the bigger end. My biggest problem is its nearly a year later and he still will limp around in the evening or next day after playing hard. The vet and other dog people rule out a torn ligament or hip problem because he can still flat out run and cut all over the place most of the time and a dog with any kind of muscle, ligament damage should not be able to. Please share opinions with me in this matter. Is it just a matter of him forming arthritis at a younger age?
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Sounds like some sort of ligament tear. It is very hard to diagnose the ACL tear and other soft tissue injuries according to my surgeon here. Have you been to a specialist to have it checked. I have had 2 male boxers who had ACL/joint injuries in the past. Both did eventually have surgery done. Zhanna has had some problems with her dog Henry, as has Mel with Zulu. I think they are just monitoring theirs currently.
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Old 04-14-2009, 12:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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It could also be soft tissue trauma. If that is the case your dog just needs some rest.
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Old 04-14-2009, 08:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you for the responses so far.
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I know this post was from 2009, but I was hoping to see what you ended up figuring out. We are in a very similar situation and are not sure what to do or what the next steps are. She will be 6 in January and still runs around acting like a puppy. When she's done playing and lays down, it is then that she gets up and starts limping. It does go away after walking on it for a minute or two but we've noticed that its getting more frequent. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
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I know this post was from 2009, but I was hoping to see what you ended up figuring out. We are in a very similar situation and are not sure what to do or what the next steps are. She will be 6 in January and still runs around acting like a puppy. When she's done playing and lays down, it is then that she gets up and starts limping. It does go away after walking on it for a minute or two but we've noticed that its getting more frequent. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
I don't think the original poster has been on the forum in a long time, at least not since I joined (a little over 2 years ago)

It might be better if you started a new thread.

Have you had ex-rays done to check for arthritis?

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Old 11-17-2012, 01:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You could also have her checked for a groin muscle injury. My boxer has an iliopsoas strain and she has to go to physical therapy to help it get straightened out.
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