I have a 8 year old German Shepard that we adopted and she started limping with her front right leg. It looks like it might be a little swollen ( at the joint above the paw), but not soar to touch. The limping is not severe, but should I wait to see if it goes away and maybe it is just a sprang? Is there a time frame that an owner should wait to see if it is minor before taking it to the vet? What can I do to try to test or see what type of injury it might be with taking her to the vet and costing and arm and a leg for X-rays?
Thanks, any help and suggestions would be great.
You should not wait to get it checked out. When things like this happen it could be something that is much more serious than a sprain. If the dog is limping on it then there is some pain there. If there is a tumor there it is best to catch it right away so that it can be addressed.
I completely agree with Red's assessment of the situation. Especially since there is some swelling there. If it turns out to be a minor sprain, great! But it's best to get it checked out now, because if there does turn out to be a mass involved, it can be removed early on to facilitate a speedy recovery or, heaven forbid, in the event it could be malignant, give the animal the best chance of being able to be cancer-free. I know I'm really jumping the gun here, but with a senior dog, which an eight year old shepherd definitely is, you can never be too careful.
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