jglonek Posted November 28, 2013 Report Share Posted November 28, 2013 Hi everyone! I am new to this website, I came across it when trying to look things up for my just-turned-a-year old border collie mix. I had some questions I was hoping to get some insight on. I did look around at some similar topics but I am new to border collies and their genetics so I thought it would be best to ask on my own instead of guessing and trying to apply something to my dog. If this post shouldn't be here just let me know! Anyway, this is Raina. She is a year old (13 month) border collie mix. The adoption place we got her from (at 4 months) says she is mixed with a maremma sheepdog. I'm not seeing it, but. I am thinking about getting one of those DNA tests for her early next year to try and identify things a little better. She is 30 pounds and about 19 inches tall. She loves playing with her big brother Aiden our mini Aussie. They definitely wear each other out! I'm posting because she has been limping for about a month. It's her front-left paw. We first noticed it in the beginning of the month, and remembered that a day or so earlier she yelped when her brother was rough-housing and pushed her into the couch. We figured she might have injured it. We tried to keep her from going too crazy for a week and it wasn't getting better - she would hold it up when sitting down, but was still able to walk and run on it, that didn't seem to cause much pain. After it being like that for a week we decided to bring her to our vet. Our vet took a look at her and said that she has unusually long toes, and that her left paw and joint are angled differently than the right, which might make her predisposed to hurting it. They did not do any X-Rays.The vet told us to have her rest it, and gave us Carprofen to give a 1/2 tablet twice a day for a week, and then as needed for pain, and also Ligaplex to give her twice a day indefinitely. Looking back at photos we noticed she has always been like that, she just never showed any issues with it so we were more focused on her hind legs - how she sits frog-legged all the time (something that makes us really concerned about hip displaysia). She does have her front-left paw at almost a 45 degree angle sometimes. We gave her the Carprofen for a week but have not given any since (so it's been about a week and a half). And have been giving her the Ligaplex twice a day. For the first week or so she wasn't holding the paw up anymore, but still limping. In the past few days she is gradually starting to hold it up again when sitting. She will still run and play without any issue (which she probably shouldn't be doing, but).At this point we are not sure what steps to take next, or what might be wrong. I see there can be a lot of different dog and border collie-specific issues, but am not sure if is any of them. Since she is a mix I'm not even sure it's a border collie genetic issue! If her joints did not grow right, I mean what are the options? She is only a year old, I don't want her limping forever, that is no good. And should we be concerned about the frog-legged sitting?Complicating this is that we are not happy with our vet, so I am having trouble taking them at their word on this. They are respected in the area but we have had issues, both with our dogs and cats. (For instance with the frog-legged, we were told "some dogs just do that forever with no issue!" which might be true, I guess). We saw what we consider the more "competent" one this time who noticed her paws right away. We do plan on switching vets in the new year.I am just not sure if since Raina is still limping we need to fast-track her visit to a new vet. And I am not sure how to tell if the new vet is going in the right direction for her treatment. I want to make sure she is getting what she needs done and starts feeling better, and not waste more time. For other owners, does this look like it could be any certain things? Should I make sure my vet is investigating one thing or another and doing any certain tests or treatments?If you made it this far thank you for reading this! And any answers you may have thank you so much in advance. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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