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Q. Mature male Akita front lower leg limps n crys when he is on a hard service n has difficulty getting up from lying down

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A. Lameness associated with the forelimbs in large breed dogs is commonly associated with shoulder abnormalities. If the lameness is persistent, then I recommend a radiograph of the limb affected by your veterinarian to localize the lesion and get proper treatment. 2 most common conditions involving the forelimb shoulder are 1)Ununited anconeal process 2)Fragmented medial coronoid process. Both have extensive treatment to correct. If the veterinarian localizes the pain mostly in the lower part of the limb then they will be looking for any evidence of outside trauma to the skin (i.e. Long nails that are curled under and penetrating the skin on the pawpads is a common one).

In the meantime resting pets with lameness injuries is recommended and it is suggested to let your pet rest, to not encourage running or jumping and leash walk only outside. If the nails are long it is recommended to keep these trimmed down as this can cause pain if it is penetrating the paw pads.

Good luck moving with your pet!

- Dr. H

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