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Q. My a dod, a 10yrs old Maltese x shit-tsu, limps her right front leg. Being to vet, but physical found nothing. Now, muscles loss e shoulders bonny. Ts

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Unfortunately many dogs are very stoic at the vet and don't show pain (and thus, the location of the problem) during an exam. I think you'll need to try again, either with your same vet or another vet, to diagnose the location of the problem. At 10 years of age she could have osteoarthritis in any of her forelimb joints, or could even have a systemic problem such as Lyme disease that's causing joint pain. Clearly if you're noticing atrophy in the shoulder muscles there's a problem, so I'd urge you to find someone who can really help you diagnose this and treat it properly.


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