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Jack With A Walking Problem
An_220909 posted:
I have a 10 year old Jack Russell. She recently has started not using one of her back legs when running. I can rub her leg and hip area and she acts like it does not hurt, also the foot. She is very hyper and Still gets on the chairs and beds and jumps down. She will walk on the leg, but doesn't use when running. She is still eating like normal. Actually is normal acting dog, except for the leg. It was like this several weeks ago and went away, but now has come back. Any ideas?
Ernie Ward, DVM responded:
Limping Jack! We can't have that! Have your vet check her knees very carefully. Potential causes include cruciate ligament injury, luxating patella, meniscal injury, etc.

Most smaller dogs can do well with medical treatment alone. Don't forget to ask your vet about using omega-3 fatty acids (Welactin) and glucosamine-chondroitin (Dasuquin) if there's any joint issue. Also, make sure your JRT is slim; excess weight is a common cause of joint injuries in the breed.

Keep running, Dr. Ernie


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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