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Old 11-19-2012, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi everyone thank you in advance for reading and replying.

We have a 2years and a half male Boxer (Clarkey) 37kg who is currently having issues with his left paw and tale.

After sleeping over night ( Every couple of mornings) he wakes up with a saw paw and limps on it after some time or a light walk it doesn't appear to bother him. On visiting the vet the paw was looked at and there was some discomfort when the vet pushed on his paw we went way with metacam and told to rest. Help :-( Plz Paw & Tale-imageuploadedbypg-free1353361386.343664.jpg

A week later we retuned to the vet as he for some unknown reason had a swollen tale near the top and was saw if touched it appears he can't lift his tale as he normally could. Again sent away with metacam and told to rest another week.

On return to the vet tonight ( a different person)

Advised he was walking on his tiptoes and appears to be swollen all over and has had his bloods took for investigation while we look into our insurance so we can be refereed to a specialist.

We really do not know what to do. He is on the Nature diet and rarely drinks water I presume he is getting enough moist from the food.

We are in the UK, Liverpool if anyone can be of help.


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When you say he is swollen all over - do you mean all his joints?

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Old 11-19-2012, 06:25 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yeah that's what the vet said. Could it be allergy?
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Not sure (don't think allergies really make the joints swell though), A quick google search and I found this - not saying this is what it is, but it caught my attention.

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Got to carefully check all the paw;

Look for signs of splitted nail,dislocated joint,anything...make sure the nails are trimmed and barely hovering the ground
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Hmmm this is a different one. I would make sure his nails are kept nice and short. Long nails could cause impact injuries to the toes and make them sore. The tip of his tail could be from banging it around in his crate or against walls when he is happy and we know Boxers are always happy, lol.
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Has he ever been checked for spondylitis or something related to it? I would think maybe his joint could be fusing or his back if he can't wag his nub all the time.

And there was something I read once (maybe here) about a Boxer that had a blood infection that settled in the joints that caused swelling.


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Old 11-20-2012, 06:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Blood Test Results: All normal expect Liver perimeters are up a small amount but the vet said this isn't s a concern however his thyroid hormonal levels are slightly low and this could indicate an under active thyroid. They want to test for this costing 117.

Thanks again for your replays, he has not been tested for spodylis.

It's not the tip of his tale that is affected it is more near to his back.


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Boxers are normally a bit lower in thyroid levels than other breeds. It's the "Boxer normal". I'd just start to supplement with kelp to support healthy levels.


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