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Q. He is favoring his back right leg, not all the time. It is not swollen and is not tender to touch. Sometimes he limps sometimes he doesnt

Answered By
LINDSEY EDWARDS MVB, BSC, IVCA

A. You do not mention an age or breed type so it is very difficult to guess what might be going on here. I would be suspicious of an intermittent knee-cap dislocation, low grade arthritis/hip dyplasia or cruciate ligament strain in the knee. A full orthopedic exam and/or review by a physiotherapist should be able to identify underlying issues and advise on exercise and long term management options to prevent progression and further arthritis developing. Diet changes and supplements can massively improve joint health and prevent future problems also


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