Q. My Papillon is 12 years old she has had a swelling of the knee and above the knee she holds the leg up when standing but uses the leg with a limp.

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A. I would be anxious to get this x-rayed as soon as possible. There are many reasons for swelling and discomfort in the knee joint from ligament damage to dislocations but it is also a recognized site for bone tumors so I would get an appointment as soon as possible to address the issue and treat her discomfort

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