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Hey, all!

Our 5-year-old Pitador, Ava, has been limping (right hind leg) off and on since the middle of August. It began while my wife and I were on vacation and my parents were pet sitting for us.

When we returned from vacation we took her to the vet, but she wasn't limping at the time. In fact, if she does limp, it's when she gets up from resting position. Even then, she stops limping after a couple of minutes.

Vet noticed her right knee was slightly larger than her left, but told us to give her some rest for a couple of weeks and, if it doesn't improve, to pay them another visit.

Ava rested and, all of last week, had no limping at all. All of a sudden, yesterday, she began limping again. So we went to the vet today and a different doctor believes she has a minor ACL tear. We were sent home with some medicine and told to let her rest for another week. If it doesn't get better, we should go to a specialist they gave us information on.

She's a large, active dog -- about 80 pounds -- and thinks she's a soccer star (she is in our hearts, of course). So we assume the injury happened while getting some exercise while we were away. She's not a work dog or anything, but when she has her indestructiball, she is hell on four paws.

I'm not questioning the vet's diagnosis, but I find it curious that Ava will stop limping after she "stretches out," so to speak. I've never known this to be normal for dogs with ACL injuries as, in my experience, there's always a limp.

My question is: Is it possible for a dog with an ACL injury (minor or major) only limp for a short while after getting up from rest rather than limp all the time?

The TL;DR edition: Five-year-old Pitador has hind leg limp but only sometimes. Vet diagnosed minor ACL injury, prescribed medicine and rest. Am wondering if the fact that she doesn't limp all the time indicates another possible injury.

Thanks, everyone!

Picture related: Our Ava

 

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My small dog is limping with her left hind leg. We came home from a walk and she started screaming and rolling around and kept licking her left hind paw. I rushed her to the vet who said, oh, it's nothing. It seems that it's her hips and gave me Rimadyl for pain and said return in a week. I could see a gash on the bottom of her paw on her pad also. The pain pill seemed to help. Went back to vet who took xray and said two lower disks on her spine were touching and that's why she's limping. But, she still had the gash and was licking and biting it. No, said the vet, it's the disk and she needs surgery. Got more pain pills, bought glucosomine/chrondroitin and it's been five days, and she's not limping as often. In fact, she walked home extremely well today from her bath date. I will continue the glucsomine tablets and the Rimadyl until next week. Return to vet for checkup. I strongly feel it's the open wound on bottom of her paw, and don't think she needs disk surgery. Am I being too stubborn? Don't think spine surgery is what my dog needs but maybe the vet needs it.
 
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