Right hind lameness in dog

He started being lame in his right hind around 4 months ago. He has had diagnostics done by an orthopaedic surgeon, who has ruled out cruciate ligament damage. There is a slight sign of arthritis and hip dysplasia but nothing that would cause such lameness. He his now on tramadol and rimadyl, twice a day. His lameness is still a problem. When he is out exercising he is happy and running around but in the house he is sad and can not walk properly and tries not to move much. What do i do next?

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    By: Kara McCarty El Segundo, CA

    Replied on 04/19/2011

    Just because your dog shouldn't in pain doesn't mean he isn't. Each individual has a different pain tolerance. When he is having fun it sounds like he forgets about his pain and some dogs learn to compensate by toe touching on the affected leg when they are running. When he is standing or walking he can't toe touch, he is forced to put weight on his painful leg. Orthopedic problems can be frustrating because problems may take time to show up on radiographs so you may want to have him rechecked if it's been several weeks. In the meantime you can add glucosamine/chondroitin and omega-3 fatty acid supplements to decrease joint inflammation and increase the cushioning fluid in his joints. These supplements can take several weeks to help so be patient. You may also want to ask to try another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory as some work better than others for different dogs. Kara, DVM

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