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Last night I saw Sunshine walk a bit weird almost like "favoring a leg" or "lame" not sure what's the correct term.
But this morning I realized she limping on and off and it's her front right leg.
What does limping on and off usually mean??
Buddy Bear use to pick up his leg and not put any weight on it for a couple of hours but then he was completely fine. And it's happened about 3 times but hasn't happened in at least the past year.
I know if I take her to the vet they will probably want an x-ray.
I'm pretty much broke right now and I don't have the money for an x-ray.
I might call the Humane Society for their prices.
I gave her dog aspirin this morning just in case she has any pain.
I'm also wondering if it could possibly be arthritis. She is up there in age.
 

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limping?

It might be what they call Luxating Patella-a slipped knee cap. If you look it up in search it will tell you all about it. Hope she feels better. :sunny:
 

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This is a FRONT leg that Ari says she is limping on. Check her paws for any cracked/split pads, claws that are too long or a nail that is not right. A lot of older pups have arthritis in the shoulder. Did the doggie aspirin help? If it did, that kind of points to arthritis IF you don't find any other problem.
 

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Ari, how is Sunshine? Did the medication help? Hopefully it was just a touch of arthritis. With the weather (at least in the Chicago area) so crazy--well hopefully she is better.
 

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So I didn't notice any difference with the aspirin. But I'll keep giving it to her since it's only half a pill once a day for her weight.
I'm thinking if she goes to the vet they'll want an x-ray. I want to call the Humane Society for their prices. I'm guessing since she's only 6 pounds it's cheaper compared to a larger dog. I've read online between $40 to almost $200
Thanks Koko I'm also hoping she'll feel better <img src="http://www.chihuahua-people.com//images/smilies/icon_smile.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Smile" class="inlineimg" />

Edit: I've called around and the cheapest was out normal vet (only 5 minutes from home) $185 for the x-ray.
I'm now wondering if they ask for any other test, like bloodwork. I for sure can't afford both.
I still can't get a hold of the Humane Society. They are farther from my location but if their "significantly" cheaper. I'm gonna have to go with them.
I'm still hoping somehow she'll just stop limping or that we go to the vet and they don't need to perform an x-ray. But I'm sure neither will happen.

On a different note years ago I got to meet Sunhsine's "doggy grandma" and the owner said she was limping with her front paw. I don't know if she ever took the dog to the vet. But she did say she gave the dog baby aspirin for a while. The dog always limped. It might just be a coincidence but the dog has now died of very old age. And I think she said the dog would use it on and off.
 

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Okay so I called the Humane Society and the receptionist I talked to was more helpful then our normal vet.
So their x-ray is $94 Which honestly is significantly different than the $185
He then asked me questions about her and told me that I can bring her in and the vet might not want to do an x-ray. They might want to do a bloodwork test which can run about $200 As their are certain things AZ dogs can catch.
So now here I am should I do the bloodwork test and then a couple of days later pay for an x-ray because the bloodwork might not give an "answer" or should I stick with out normal vet and hope just like they have every single time got the "issue" right and probably pay more
With the Humane Society she'd have to wait as well to get booked in, possibly next Monday or longer.
 

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Ari, if you go with the humane society and get the x-ray and there is no diagnosis, at least then you could go with the blood work. One step at a time. I, personally, would go with the x-ray. If she is 'up there' in age, chances are this is arthritis? If the x-ray is normal, then I don't know. Did the doggie aspirin help?
 

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So I called the Humane Society again. I made the appointment for next Monday in the morning.
As of right now if she gets worse by Monday morning she'll wait till next Monday.
I talked a bit to my mom (we still have to talk some more) and she said the x-ray price was a significant difference. And she wants me to go with the Humane Society.
But a part of me is like normal vet is very close and has always diagnosed right so far. Not saying humane society won't but their cheaper for a reason.
Maybe x-rays their and then if it's not the answer. I can opt for our normal vet.
I saw no difference with the aspirin.
 

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So I found out what's wrong. Her 2 "fingers" (what's attached to the nails) are swollen a bit reddish.
I'm guessing she won't need an x-ray??
I'm changing plans and taking her tomorrow to the normal vet. If they request x-rays I'll have to wait till next Monday for the Humane Society.
 

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Ari, Those two 'fingers' are bones in her paw. So please do be prepared for a x-ray. She may have broken/sprained them. Some dogs can sprain this area by landing wrong after a jump etc.

my roommate had a Sheltie that sprained her paw and had to wear a split for 2 weeks. It was really funny to watch her try and walk at first.!
 

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So I decided to wait until next week.
I've changed my mind over and over last night and today. But I was reading a bunch of things online and it does sound like she needs a x-ray.
She seemed to be using the leg more today in the afternoon but it's a bit more red then it was yesterday. As far as swelling it hasn't got any worse.
 

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Sunshine has no more swelling, a lot of the redness has went away and she isn't limping any more.
Today I realized that her nail is a bit "loose" almost like it started to tear off. I would cut it but honestly I'd be cutting off the quick.
I'm wondering if the vet will want to cut it or will they just let it grow out.
I'm so happy she has stopped limping.
She might even go to the "normal" vet tomorrow if we can. But for sure she has an appointment on Monday.
 

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She probably tore the nail at its base. Painful to be sure. I had a chihuahua that did that, but it bled a lot. Caught it on her crate, I think. She never cried, just licked at it. I saw the blood. Vet tech bandaged it. Dog took the bandage and the nail off during the night. The nail grew back just fine! Hope that Sunshine does fine at the vet.
 

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So went to the vet this morning.
He said their was trauma to the paw/nail. It wasn't loose enough to just cut it off but he did say it was a bit loose (so at least I know I wasn't going crazy) And he as well saw the blood. He said all her nails were long enough to the point where she can hurt her nails/paws. So they cut all her nails and gave her antibiotics.
I'm thinking I'm going to start cutting her nails just small tidbits at a time maybe once a month. I have nail clippers but I just really don't like doing it because I know I can cut the quick. But I'm not sure if it's really worth paying to get it done especially knowing I already have clippers. And she honestly will allow me to do it.
 

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Ari, I use a dremel on my dog's nails. Harder to hit the quick. I try and do it every 3 weeks. My dogs nail grow really fast, so maybe you could get away with once a month.
 

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On Sunday Sunshine started walking a bit funny again.
On Monday I look at her paw and the same nail is more loose than last time. But I read online not to cut it unless it's very loose.
Later in the day it became harder. Which sounds insane. Almost like it's cut vertically.
I'm sure now it's broken...?
I'm a bit mad though I took her in not too long ago and they pretty much did nothing. And now I'll probably have to go again soon.
 

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Ari, sounds as if the nail is 'compromised'. If you do go to the vet, maybe you could gently remind them that you'd been there a little while ago for the same thing? I don't know if they could cut it back without some local anesthisia? The quick is very sensitive, and if that is open or damaged it would be painful. Good luck.
 

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So my mom was able to cut it as I held Sunshine. She bled but not too much. She is still using her paw. I've been putting hydrogen peroxide because I want to try to prevent infections.
I'm hoping no infection starts and that the nail will grow back normally.
 

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Did your Mom cut the nail off completely? Or just where it was broken? Hopefully this will be the end of the problem. If Sunshine is licking the area a lot, then you could put a baby sock on the paw. I used them when my chi's hurt their paws.
 
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