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My newfoundland dog sometimes when he has a wee yelps and will

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My newfoundland dog sometimes when he has a wee yelps and will not put his leg down for 10 minutes or so then he ok and can go for couple of weeks and it happens again any idea what is wrong please .Sue Droog.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Hello Sue, I'm Dr. Bob.
I'm sorry to read of Hudson's problem. A very infrequent symp***** *****ke this is quite difficult to diagnose, and I'll need to ask a few questions in order to rule out at least some of the many possible causes. Has Hudson been de-sexed?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes was done 12 month ago

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Does Hudson ever limp after one of these episodes, or does he carry the leg up until he starts to walk normally again?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

He keeps his leg up untill he is ready to walk again.

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Okay, thank you Sue. Does Hudson lift his leg when he urinates, and is that leg the one he carries up?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

Yes it is .

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Thank you. Do you know if his parents were certified to be hip dysplasia free?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.

His parents were tested for that and were fine.

Expert:  Dr. Bob replied 2 years ago.
Excellent! One of the early signs of hip dysplasia can be the symptom Hudson is showing. Giant breeds are especially prone to dysplasia and our index of suspicion is very high with this sort of sign. We can't rule out dysplasia, but the odds are reduced by his parents clear medical records. Newfoundlands' hips are judged somewhat more leniently as the problem is so prevalent, so Hudson could be showing the signs of a mild or minor degree of dysplasia. The signs he's showing are those of a hip problem/ The symptoms could be arthritis, inflammation or joint laxity, and radiographs would be needed to confirm or reject this possibility. In the meantime, as long as the episodes don't grow longer, more frequent, or more severe, treatment is not warranted in my opinion. Long-term treatment with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is often used if symptoms worsen, and should be used if necessary to provide a better quality of life and help prevent further damage to the joint due to inflammation. Hopefully, this is just an infrequent occurrence that never progresses, but don't hesitate to get him checked out if the problem worsens. Please let me know if you should have further questions.
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