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My cavachon is nine and it is his back left leg that he

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my cavachon is nine and it is his back left leg that he favors and lifts when he walks. i thought a bruised pad but now not sure
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 6 months ago.
Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!The primary concerns are a cruciate tear or a patellar luxation with his breed and symptoms. I would advise a veterinary exam because a home evaluation will not give this diagnosis, a veterinarian needs to check the stifle for drawer or movement which cannot be done without an experienced hand versus the kneecap floating which palpates very differently. Often with palpation and manipulation at home you will not see any indications of this conditionHere is more information on cruciate tears in dogs:http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/bones-joints-muscles/ruptured-cranial-cruciate-ligament-in-dogsAnd for patellar luxations:http://www.petplace.com/article/dogs/diseases-conditions-of-dogs/bones-joints-muscles/medial-patella-luxation-in-dogsUntil you are able to have an evaluation, please limit activity as much as you are able. Rotate warm and cool compresses on the leg in ten minute intervals, and massage from toes to hip and back down again frequently to stimulate blood flow therefore healingUntil examined please lift to go potty and leash only to minimize running and jumping which can cause further injury.I hope this information makes sense. It is possible that this is a simple muscle injury but I suspect you would have seen some improvement if that were the case in this length of time. Please let me know how else I can assist you both today
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