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Dr. Peter, Veterinarian
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Experience:  16 years of small animal internal medicine, surgery and preventive medicine.
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I have a 15 year old Labrador Very fit generally not

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I have a 15 year old Labrador
Very fit generally not overweight
He has developed a limp on front right leg
He appears to have no particular painful place foot leg or shoulder and no restrictive movement
Can runnif he wants food in particular
He does hold his foot when standing and puts his weight on the lleft
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

Hi, I'm Dr. Peter. Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm reviewing your question now and will post back with your reply ASAP.

Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

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?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I suppose a couple of months thought it was a strain he would walk off
No med conditions
No meds being taken
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 months ago.

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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Dr. Peter