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His musle in the left back leg seems to be very weak what can

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His musle in the left back leg seems to be very weak what can i do to bring it back to normal
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Doctor H replied 3 years ago.

Doctor H :

Hi, this is Doctor H and I would be happy to assist you.

Doctor H :

When did all of this begin?

Customer:

It started last year after he fractured his right back leg

Doctor H :

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Doctor H :

I take it the fracture was repaired around that time?

Customer:

yes but the vet said that it could take a year to heal

Doctor H :

That seems inaccurate - typically bones take 4-6 weeks to heal.

Doctor H :

Has there been any follow up x-rays to assess bone healing?

Customer:

I have tried everything to get him more active like the way he was

Doctor H :

Well all that is going to be dependent upon the integrity of the bone in question.

Doctor H :

Were there any follow up tests perform to determine if the bone had healed?

Customer:

they said the bone was ok

Doctor H :

Well what did they do to fix the bone?

Customer:

they put a splint on it

Doctor H :

Did they do surgery?

Customer:

no his right leg is ok its the left i am worried about

Doctor H :

Which one was the one that was broken?

Doctor H :

Oh, the right one - sorry

Customer:

his right was the one he broke but the muscle in his left is weak

Doctor H :

And that's been going on since he broke his right leg?

Doctor H :

How did he break his right leg?

Customer:

just about 2 months after

Doctor H :

Was he hit by a car, did something fall on him, etc?

Customer:

he was out with me and turned quick to run and that was when it happened

Doctor H :

Okay.

Doctor H :

What makes you think the left one is weak?

Doctor H :

Is he limping on it?

Customer:

yes and his leg is slightly in at the top of his leg and is tender to touch

Doctor H :

Okay, and how long have you been giving the meloxicam?

Customer:

he is on it since he broke his leg

Doctor H :

Does the left leg have a decreased muscle mass in comparison to the right?

Customer:

yes

Doctor H :

Does the lameness come and go or is it persistent?

Customer:

it is persistent

Doctor H :

Well these guys are predisposed to something called medial patellar luxation.

Doctor H :

Mainly the knee cap is rotated inwards. If unaddressed it can cause a persistent lameness.

Customer:

what can i do to help

Doctor H :

Well, it would be ideal to have an x-ray performed to assess the leg.

Doctor H :

In the meantime, consider glucosamine chondroitin supplementation as well as omega 3 fatty acids (fish oils).

Doctor H :

You can also do passive range of motion exercises on the leg, however I would not do this if it appears painful or swollen.

Doctor H :

Tramadol and gabapentin are additional pain medications that can potentiate the meloxicam as well.

Doctor H :

I would also recommend crate resting pending further assessment from you veterinarian.

Customer:

thats great thank you very much for your help

Doctor H :

You're welcome - best of luck!

Doctor H, Veterinarian
Category: Vet
Satisfied Customers: 299
Experience: Have practiced small animal veterinary medicine in a large city for 5.5 years
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