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Hi, this is Doctor H and I would be happy to assist you.
When did all of this begin?
It started last year after he fractured his right back leg
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.
I take it the fracture was repaired around that time?
yes but the vet said that it could take a year to heal
That seems inaccurate - typically bones take 4-6 weeks to heal.
Has there been any follow up x-rays to assess bone healing?
I have tried everything to get him more active like the way he was
Well all that is going to be dependent upon the integrity of the bone in question.
Were there any follow up tests perform to determine if the bone had healed?
they said the bone was ok
Well what did they do to fix the bone?
they put a splint on it
Did they do surgery?
no his right leg is ok its the left i am worried about
Which one was the one that was broken?
Oh, the right one - sorry
his right was the one he broke but the muscle in his left is weak
And that's been going on since he broke his right leg?
How did he break his right leg?
just about 2 months after
Was he hit by a car, did something fall on him, etc?
he was out with me and turned quick to run and that was when it happened
What makes you think the left one is weak?
Is he limping on it?
yes and his leg is slightly in at the top of his leg and is tender to touch
Okay, and how long have you been giving the meloxicam?
he is on it since he broke his leg
Does the left leg have a decreased muscle mass in comparison to the right?
Does the lameness come and go or is it persistent?
it is persistent
Well these guys are predisposed to something called medial patellar luxation.
Mainly the knee cap is rotated inwards. If unaddressed it can cause a persistent lameness.
what can i do to help
Well, it would be ideal to have an x-ray performed to assess the leg.
In the meantime, consider glucosamine chondroitin supplementation as well as omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils).
You can also do passive range of motion exercises on the leg, however I would not do this if it appears painful or swollen.
Tramadol and gabapentin are additional pain medications that can potentiate the meloxicam as well.
I would also recommend crate resting pending further assessment from you veterinarian.
thats great thank you very much for your help
You're welcome - best of luck!