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We have a small dog a Yorkshire terrier cross chiuluila.Last

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We have a small dog a Yorkshire terrier cross chiuluila.Last year she hurt the right back leg.We took her to are vet she said it might be a musel strain.But she said she had better have a exray to make sure nothing is broken.But there was no break.But now and again if she gets excited and run's around she limps then we rest her,just walks for a fortnight.I was wondering if she will get arthritis or rheumatism later on in her life she is about 6 and a half years old.Thank you Sarah-Jane
Hello, and thanks for writing in.
I'm sorry to hear this is going on with Tia.
There are several possible causes for intermittent hind leg limping, even with normal X-rays, such as a luxating patella (knee cap that temporarily dislocates, then pops back into the normal position - this is very common in small breed dogs), cartilage damage in the knee, partially torn ligament in the knee, deformed bones in the hip joint, among others. Sometimes the diagnosis requires an exam by a surgical specialist, an orthopedic exam under sedation, or more advanced imaging (such as an MRI).
Treatment may involve surgery (depending on the exact diagnosis), or just medications.Arthritis is certainly a possibility if there has been any type of joint injury previously. You could start giving a good joint supplement to help with the cartilage and fluid in the joints. Examples of good brands include Dasuquin or Cosequin. We use joint supplements on quite a few dogs at my clinic, and they are usually more comfortable, limp less, and don't need as much actual pain medication. Joint supplements need to be given regularly, long-term, to be effective (not just given once in a while).You could also ask your veterinarian for a good, safe pain reliever to give Tia when she is limping. That way, you can have some at home to give when Tia has a bad day and is limping. I would not recommend any human pain relievers, as they can potentially have serious side effects.
I hope this is helpful, Sarah-Jane. Please let me know if I can assist you and Tia further.
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