the background is that back in Sept. 08 the 80 lb lab just started to limp the vet told us that it was likely the ACL so we kept her in her cage for 5 weeks. That did nothing so we took her to a new vet who specalizes in this area...took x rays and there was a Chip taken out of her hip socket. The vet thought that it was not the Acl but the chip out of the hip....She is very active and loves to play outside but when we come in from playing she becomes a 3 leged dog for the rest of the day, we have been giving her Cosiquin but she still has the problem. Can anyone shed light on the young dogs wonky leg
I'm not clear from the above whether the x-ray showed that there was a chip missing from her hip joint or that the x-ray showed she had a chip from the socket that was in the joint which was then surgically removed because it was causing her pain. The latter is the usual case. If it looks like a piece is missing but it wasn't found on x-ray, perhaps different views or other imaging techniques would enable the veterinarian to locate it. On the other hand, if the defect is the result of an area of bone degenerating (as opposed to breaking off and getting into the joint where it causes pain), then the question becomes why is this happening? What is destroying the bone in that area?
Also are there ACL problems, too?
One difficulty with dogs with leg injuries is that they're quite stable on 3 legs. If they have surgery on one leg you have to be very careful to limit the use of that leg until it's healed, but not so long they forget about using it. Additionally dogs spayed or neutered prior to adulthood have a higher probability of developing hip and knee problems and, as in humans, weight is a factor as is consistent exercise. In the case of hip and knee problems, exercise that involves a lot of pivoting or the dog shifting weight to the rear legs--such as tug games--or jumping that forces the dog to put excess force on the wonky leg can aggravate hip and/or knee problems.
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