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  • Worried about my old dog

    Hey, i got a 13 year old Cocker Spaniel, who's always been healthy as ox, with the exception of seasonal allergies and some ear infections.

    Last night she came to me in the bedroom 3 legged lame. I'm really worried because she's is pretty old. Could this be joint pain or arthritis? Those of you with elder pets have had any similar situations?

    Of course I'll be taking her to a vet as soon as possible but i guess I just needed to talk about it. A friend recently had to put an older dog down due to bone cancer so that got me a little on edge.
    Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

    Originally posted by DottieHQ
    You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

  • #2
    Oh don't go straight to bone cancer. There is so much before that; arthritis, luxating patella, muscle strain, etc.

    Paula
    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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      #3
      I know I'm probably getter over stressed, but she's never been really ill before.
      Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

      Originally posted by DottieHQ
      You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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      • #4
        It could be a lot of things. Don't panic, but get her to the vet.

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        • #5
          Yes. It could be a lot of things. Do go to a vet. I just lost my dog, at age 12, to bone cancer, but have dealt with a lot of lamenesses with many dogs due to other causes over the years which had me needlessly freaked out-- so many that when osteosarcoma did hit, a terminal diagnosis was the last thing I expected. My cancer dog was far from "3 legged lame," and I was only having the leg looked at because it was slightly swollen and he seemed a little off when I brought him in for a "well visit." Previous lamenesses which actually looked a lot more serious were easily addressed by chiropractics, a bit of Rimadyl + rest, etc.

          Got my fingers crossed for good news on your dog.
          http://www.tunnelsendfarm.com

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            #6
            Looks like you guys might be right, i was getting all worked up and it doesn't seem to be serious. She started to put weigh down on her leg, evne though still bit awkardly and doesn't seem to be in pain. She's eating drinking and and even jumping on and off couches as usual, so it certainly doesn't seem like a major medical issue. I was waiting for my brother to get home early so he coul drive us to the vet, since it's a long walk and she's quite the heavy girl but i might wait a couple more days and see what happens. Mostly because i just took a look at my bank account went OMG! how i am going to afford the vet bills for the dog and the half board for the horse??

            Of course if she really needs it we'll make do somehow, for now I'll keep a close eye on her.

            Gods, i hate this economy...
            Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

            Originally posted by DottieHQ
            You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Niennor View Post
              Looks like you guys might be right, i was getting all worked up and it doesn't seem to be serious. She started to put weigh down on her leg, evne though still bit awkardly and doesn't seem to be in pain. She's eating drinking and and even jumping on and off couches as usual, so it certainly doesn't seem like a major medical issue. I was waiting for my brother to get home early so he coul drive us to the vet, since it's a long walk and she's quite the heavy girl but i might wait a couple more days and see what happens. Mostly because i just took a look at my bank account went OMG! how i am going to afford the vet bills for the dog and the half board for the horse??

              Of course if she really needs it we'll make do somehow, for now I'll keep a close eye on her.

              Gods, i hate this economy...
              I love good news :-D
              http://www.tunnelsendfarm.com

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              • #8
                always happy to hear good news Hope she continues to improve!
                I don't mind if you call me a snowflake, 'cause baby, I know a blizzard is coming.

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                • #9
                  If it is arthritis or the like, and she's a bit on the "plump" side, put her on a diet, and that will help take the strain off the joints. I have a cocker with a fused hock, and every now and then she lands funny, and limps for a while. I have to keep an eye on her weight to keep it down so it doesn't stress the hock.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Doberpei View Post
                    If it is arthritis or the like, and she's a bit on the "plump" side, put her on a diet, and that will help take the strain off the joints. I have a cocker with a fused hock, and every now and then she lands funny, and limps for a while. I have to keep an eye on her weight to keep it down so it doesn't stress the hock.
                    Ditto. You can substitute 1/4-1/2 of her reg food with canned green beans to make her feel full without the extra calories.

                    Also, ACL tears are common with older overweight dogs, especially Cockers. If it isn't completely torn, rest can help them develop scar tissue to stabilize it. Try to keep her from jumping and doing anything strenuous for a couple of weeks. If one goes out, the other usually goes out as well, from the added stress of being weighted due to the other leg not being weight bearing.

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                      #11
                      She's not obese, but at around 30 pounds, she is a little plump. I try to keep her off anything but dry food but my mother always sneaks behind my back and gives her things she really should NOT be eating, like cheese and ham *SIGH*
                      It's kind of hard to maintain any kind of diet when someone else goes "oh my poor doggie looks so sad, she must want a treat!" and by treat she doesn't mean proper dog treats, oh no! Heck, I'm surprised my dog isn't diabetic and so is the vet, btw. Last time I went for a routine appointment and shots she asked me 3 times if was sure my dog is 13 years old.

                      Thanks for the tips, anyway. Not sure if she likes green beans, but it sure doesn't hurt to try. Also, because it's been so hot, she doesn't move around much she's mostly a moving hairy carpet these days. An when we go out for a walk I only stay long enough for her to do her "business", no long walks until she's moving properly again.

                      Edit to add a shot of the old girl:
                      http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...45951056_n.jpg
                      That was right after she had her coat shaved, her coat has grown quite a bit already.
                      Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

                      Originally posted by DottieHQ
                      You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Niennor View Post
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                        Edit to add a shot of the old girl:
                        http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...45951056_n.jpg
                        That was right after she had her coat shaved, her coat has grown quite a bit already.
                        Two of my cockers had tails as well! On the one I have now, I often shave a mohawk down his head all the way to his tail. To be different, I'll make points in it so he looks like a dragon. He's a goof, so it suits him! Your girl looks very sweet.

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                          #13
                          It's still traditional to have Cocker's tails docked, but I wouldn't have any of it. She look so cute wagging her teeny tiny mouse-like tail (I sorta rescued her when she was 1 month old). How could i possibly take that away from her?

                          Oh, don't be fooled by her seemingly cuddly and innocent look. she's an evil spoiled little brat who keeps devising to keep her human pack under control and the humans she doesn't deem fit for the pack away
                          Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

                          Originally posted by DottieHQ
                          You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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                          • #14
                            Highly recommend swimming your dog if at all possible-- great way to strengthen ligaments (ACL's for example), reduce weight through exercise (the best way), cool off on hot days.... all without stressing possibly arthritic joints.
                            http://www.tunnelsendfarm.com

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                              #15
                              Quick update:
                              Looks like there's nothing to be concerned about, it must have been just an awkward landing. She can't see very her due to her age and obviously is not as agile as she used to be.
                              Sasha is now walking and hopping about putting even weight on all 4 legs.

                              The swimming sound like a great idea, it's shame we don't have a pool. We can alway take her to the beach, but she gets really HYPER on the beach and I wonder if running around in the sand is a good idea at her age.
                              Last edited by Niennor; Sep. 12, 2012, 07:08 PM.
                              Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

                              Originally posted by DottieHQ
                              You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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                              • #16
                                So glad to hear the good news. Not sure, but think the beach might still be ok-- especially if she does go swim. I don't have a pool either, but do have a river behind my house and beaver who conveniently built my dog a pond in which to swim. Keep your eyes open. Water suitable for swimming your dog just might appear.
                                http://www.tunnelsendfarm.com

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                                  #17
                                  She likes to swim, as long as there's no waves, she's afraid of waves haha.
                                  Now might be a good time to take her to the beach, since it's still hot but most people have gone back to work. She barks at new people, runs over people's towels, digs like she's trying to build a tunnel to china lol... Not the kinda dog you wanna have in a crowded beach.
                                  Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

                                  Originally posted by DottieHQ
                                  You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Niennor View Post
                                    She likes to swim, as long as there's no waves, she's afraid of waves haha.
                                    Now might be a good time to take her to the beach, since it's still hot but most people have gone back to work. She barks at new people, runs over people's towels, digs like she's trying to build a tunnel to china lol... Not the kinda dog you wanna have in a crowded beach.
                                    Sounds like a beaver dam candidate-- not many people go there and spread out towels. Already lots of holes, no waves. Perfect!
                                    http://www.tunnelsendfarm.com

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                                    • #19
                                      Old dog cuteness! It could just be she strained a joint a little, maybe slipped on a step or something, and it's improving. Good luck!

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                                      • Original Poster

                                        #20
                                        Originally posted by fish View Post
                                        Sounds like a beaver dam candidate-- not many people go there and spread out towels. Already lots of holes, no waves. Perfect!
                                        Right, send a beaver damn over to my neck of the woods, ASAP
                                        Yes, I smell like a horse. No, I don't consider that to be a problem.

                                        Originally posted by DottieHQ
                                        You're just jealous because you lack my extensive koalafications.

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