Hello Dr Salkin,
Steiff was only physically examined, i.e. hand felt and manipulated. On the day of the examination Steiff had become lame whilst on the walk. He was very lame during the course of the day showing no desire to use the leg, or walk the pain off. Of course that changed when at the vet office, (he wanted out of there) but he certainly was lame.
The vet immediately started to discuss performing CT scans and surgery after giving him a week on anti-inflammatory medication. X-rays were never mentioned.
By the next morning all trace of the limp was gone. My husband and I decided to try alternative therapy following on from the vet's suggestion of possible hydrotherapy. (Steiff hates water and it would stress him beyond all senses.) After 5 days of rest, and a few short lead walks, he saw the massage therapist. Following her advice, a week of short lead walks, with increasing the length every third day, and allowing 5 minutes off lead 2x a day, all progressed well until about a week and a half in. The limp would return after a walk and rest period.
Steiff has always been a full on boy. He did a lot of trotting and cantering, a bit of free running, and is quite exuberant. His gait has always been very free and easy, very ground eating and effortless. Prior to this he was fit for purpose. He has been hip scored and they are good (not that has a bearing on what is going on in the front.) He is well muscled and fit - except for this that suddenly cropped up and now seems to be ongoing.
Would you advise x-rays prior to asking to be referred?