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So recently my dog has developed a limp. He's a 10 m/o choco lab. We had him out with a yellow horsin around in the woods. He must have stepped on a stick wrong, cause he yelped loud. He seemed fine after awhile. A week later we went on a long walk and I noticed on the way home he was limping slightly on one side. Visited the vet and was told to take it easy for 2 weeks. Well after a few days, the limp became more frequent and prominent. Mind you the limp has never been continous, only once in awhile. So we went in for xrays, they came up ok, they've been sent out for a dif. opinion, which we are awaiting. The vet told me about 10 m/o labs some times can get what I understood as pitting on there joint bones. Which would require surgery. I'm hoping not, cause I'm paying for my wedding and I do not make that much money. My main question is: Do dogs have growing pains??? What could be the problem? Thanks for reading this novel!

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I have a 2 and 1/2 year old chocolate lab and he had a bad limp about 2 months ago. It went away after about 2 days, so I didn't think anything of it. Then it happened again a couple weeks later, same side both legs. He didn't whine at all, I felt his legs from toe to hip and didn't notice anything. I brought him in and the told me he had lyme disease. I went grouse hunting last September up north and he told me it was probably from a tick up there.

He gave us some pain relievers and antibiotics. The limp was gone the next day and hasn't come back.


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I have a 5 yr Golden who developed a limp , took him to Vet who prescribed glucosimine supplement . Still limping after two months ,went back again and they recomended a specialist . Took him in and he has a torn ACL , scheduled for surgery in June to the tune of $2200.But the good news is the surgery is 95 % effective .It just breaks my heart to see the big fella limp around. The rehabilitation period is lengthy , about three to four months .I just hope all goes well .

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I bet a dime to a dollar it is pan-osteitis. The "Pan" is more or less growing pains. VERY common in labs (especially larger males) gennerally shows up between 8 and 12 months with 9-11 months the most common.

As the bones grow, they need to fully form and have some 'hollowing' within that causes pain. It generally reveals itself in the final flush of skelatal growth. As the bones create density the pain subsides. It will sometimes travel leg to leg and will manifest itself over a few weeks time from a duration of a day here to a day there all the way to a few weeks of gimping around.

Many vets now-a-days treat it as Lyme disease as the symptoms are quite the same. I'd make sure the vet uses the new 'snap' test to 100% prove Lyme's before treating for it.

Good Luck!


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