I noticed about a month ago my Rottie limping and not being able to walk on her left front leg. She did not fall, get into an accident or did I noticed her injuring it in any way. I know she runs in the backyard, plays, jumps and is all over the place.
So I do not know how she hurt it. I did take her to the vet the very next day. He put her under to get a complete panel of x-rays. He said the her elbows, hips, and joints were in great shape. He noticed no signs of dysplasia, or elbow problems. He thinks she may have sprained it while playing.
I know a sprain takes a long time to heal. I am wondering how long before she stops limping? She does not appear to be in pain in any way shape or form. Acts completely normal for a puppy except for the limp she has. The Dr. said limited walks and play for 2 more weeks. Hard to keep her down. My questions is , Is it normal for her to limp for so long? Will she limp like this forever? Any info helpful..Thank you for your time…
Many times I wish I was a veterinarian so that I could be of more help… and this is one of them!
I don’t have any professional experience or vet knowledge myself so will only be able to give you my personal opinion and input, a veterinarian is going to know more than I do for sure.
However, in my personal experience, a pup doesn’t limp for a month or more due to a minor ‘sprain’, unless they’re not allowing it any rest at all and are aggravating it to the extreme.
You did the right thing to get the X-rays done so that you could rule out signs of dysplasia, fractures etc.. and it’s good that nothing showed up. But, X-rays don’t show soft-tissue injuries, and it could be that she’s damaged a ligament rather than a bone. Rotties have a tendency to tear the ligaments in their back legs quite easily (something as simple as stepping in a hole or running awkwardly on ground that’s uneven can do it), I would imagine they can do the same thing to the front legs!
This breed has a very high pain threshold and she may be in some discomfort but just not showing it. If I were you I would ask for a referral to a specialist who deals with orthopedic-type problems and maybe get an MRI done. This is just my feeling, and of course your vet may already have ruled this out, but I thought it was worth suggesting.
Other than that, it may be possible that she has Panosteitis. This is a type of bone inflammation sometimes seen in large breed puppies. Usually it would show up earlier, but I would imagine it could possibly happen in a pup of this age. Again, an X-ray probably wouldn’t show it, but you can learn more about this condition and how to test for it on my Panosteitis page.
After more than a month I would definitely take this up again with your vet and try to get some more tests done to put your mind at rest.
Hope this helps, best of luck.