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David, I am sorry to learn Oscar is limping. I will do my best to help you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- How long has this been going on?
2- Any pre existing medical conditions?
3- Is he on any medications or supplements?
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David, there are many possible medical conditions that would cause him to limp in the front leg. Given his age, a very common cause would be arthritis. Other possible causes are a pinched nerve, a soft tissue (muscle, tendon or ligament) injury, neoplasia, etc. to name a few causes. Unfortunately, we are very limited as to what you can do at home, I am sorry. Do not give over the counter pain medication most are toxic to dogs and will interfere with certain medications your vet may need to use. I would recommend having him checked by your family veterinarian to start him on prescription anti-inflammatory and pain medication like Rimadyl (carprofen). Rest him, no running or jumping; activity should be limited to urinate and defecate on a leash. I would begin supplementing him with Glucosamine (cosequin); you can buy Glucosamine over the counter in any pet store, give at label dose long term.
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