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I have read a lot of articles on this forum and others, and I'm not sure if this is what Juneau has. We got home from the park today and when he got out of the car he was limping severely on one of his front legs. I moved it, flexed it, applied pressure, etc... and nothing seems to elicit a pain or discomfort response. He played pretty hard at the park today and I checked his paw for bark chips (I can't believe they dumped them at our park), foxtails, or cuts and couldn't find anything. I'm stumped. Any thoughts on anything else it might be?

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Has this cleared up?? if not a vet visit in order.....hairline fractures can occur jumping out of cars and playing excessively so if it hasn't cleared up as a sprain that needed rest go to the vet.

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We went and had a ton of stuff done this evening after work. Fortunately everything looks really great. He is doing much better, but I haven't let him play in open space where he can really get going for a week now, and I have been giving him pain medication twice a day. The vet recommended letting him play at the park, no forced exercise for awhile, and taking him off of the pain meds to make sure that everything is okay. Clinically though, all is well. We will make a trip to the park tomorrow to test it. Fingers crossed =)
 

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Hi sgourle. FWIW, Storm once had this at the dog park during her usual rough play with another dog. There was no yelp, or sudden jump. She just got up off the ground and started limping and holding her front paw in the air. When she tried walking on it she couldnt seem to get the paw flat enough to walk on.

I did the same thing, working the joints all the way up to the shoulder, and there was not the slightest sign of pain. She just couldnt walk on her paw for a few minutes. Worried, I took her to the car. She managed to hop in ok, and getting out was ok at home.

She was absolutely fine the rest of the day, so the next day I took her back to the park and she has been fine ever since. Running around like a demon, with half a dozen friends chasing after her. A friend of mine, who was with us the day before couldnt believe there wasnt a major problem with her, but she was fine.

I'm guessing maybe a pinched nerve, or the equivelant of hitting the funny bone, must have occured. She can be a bit precious, and I've seen her do this kind of thing before as a puppy. Bump her paw, then refuse to stand on it. Put a treat in your hand though and she'll come at you like a shot.

Its always a good idea to check your dog out if your concerned, but hopefully Juneau had a temporary issue similar to Storms.

Best of luck with it. Cheers.

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Thanks for the input =)

That's what I was thinking, and it did seem to clear up the next morning and he has walked on it fine ever since. Our vet visit was primarily related to an issue with his hind end trembling badly and him being unable to sleep comfortably the following Thursday, panting, standing, etc.... The emergency vet indicated that he had tenderness in both rear legs and the left front, prescribed painkillers, and sent us on our way. I made a follow-up with our regular vet to fully explore those issues, though I am glad that they examined the front end as well.

I do greatly appreciate hearing other people's stories, particularly since he is really hamming it up now. As soon as a dog at the park puts a paw on him he yelps like bloody murder, then tears across the park after them like nothing. He acts like a total baby and pretends to need help getting on the bed, but when I get home he runs around like a nut and jumps on the sofa and up the stairs. Just. Fine. -_-