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Hello. I have a 4.5yr old girl who started limping suddenly a few months ago. X-rays revealed nothing and we suspected our 3.5 year old boy may have jumped and landed on her. With lots of rest, the limp cleared up but she now has this weird clunking into position when she walks. She takes a step, places weight on the leg and as the leg moves under her shoulder, the ankle joint almost clicks into position. She is happy and healthy, not overweight, not off her food. She is very slow on a walk and doesn't play as much with our boy as she usually does. When she had prednisone for an ear infection, she was faster on her walks and played a lot more often with the boy. The vet and animal physio have no idea but do suspect something is not right. Because they can't think of anything else, they think maybe elbow dysplasia. I have booked or an orthopaedic appointment but thought I would see if anyone here has had this ankle clicking into position? I've seen it in an old basset we had but it didn't seem to bother him at all.

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ED vs ankle clicking? Wrong end?? I'd suggest this has to do with her patella but x-ray should have shown something - assuming the person doing the x-rays can read them. You do mention shoulder however, so I'm as much at a loss to know what's going on there, as your vets seem to be. OCD may be going on however. I'd suggest you can only wait for the result of the specialist appointment.
 

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Thank you for your reply. It definitely seems to be elbow. She improves after physio too. I thought it would be worth posting in the meantime to see if anyone had anything similar.
 

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She could have a floater a small piece of broken cartilage in the elbow. when in gets in a spot with limited clearance it will lock up the joint and is painful. Had this with my knee years ago. in humans if it is going to clear up on its own it does so in 12 weeks after than they go and remove it arthroscopically. in my case the went to sixteen week and last time I had an issue was at 15 1/2 weeks and avoided surgery.


All basset hounds have elbow dysplasia of some sort it is required for proper conformation in the breed to create a wrap around front,. Elbow dysplasia is rarely and issue in the breed.
 

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We in the UK, have a specialist vet (Noel Fitzpatrick) who goes in with a camera to see and find anything that's floating around in there, and he can remove it without a huge amount of stress to the dog. That depends on how bad the ED is of course. I'm sure if you are outside the UK, you will have a specialist who can do the same sort of work. At a cost of course but if the dog is in pain, worth every 'penny'.

As for all Bassets having a degree of ED - I think you'll find there's not a vet in the world who would agree that the conformation of the breed isn't 'normal' LOL. My old Canadian vet took great pleasure in showing me an x-ray of a jackal's hips vs that of a Basset!! Perhaps the same goes for elbows.


From Noel Fitzpatrick's referrals website

If you go to his website, you will find links to other problems with elbows.
 

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She could have a floater a small piece of broken cartilage in the elbow. when in gets in a spot with limited clearance it will lock up the joint and is painful. Had this with my knee years ago. in humans if it is going to clear up on its own it does so in 12 weeks after than they go and remove it arthroscopically. in my case the went to sixteen week and last time I had an issue was at 15 1/2 weeks and avoided surgery.


All basset hounds have elbow dysplasia of some sort it is required for proper conformation in the breed to create a wrap around front,. Elbow dysplasia is rarely and issue in the breed.
Thank you for your reply. I have a floater in my knee as well so know how painful it can be. Thanks for the info about dysplasia.
 

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We in the UK, have a specialist vet (Noel Fitzpatrick) who goes in with a camera to see and find anything that's floating around in there, and he can remove it without a huge amount of stress to the dog. That depends on how bad the ED is of course. I'm sure if you are outside the UK, you will have a specialist who can do the same sort of work. At a cost of course but if the dog is in pain, worth every 'penny'.

As for all Bassets having a degree of ED - I think you'll find there's not a vet in the world who would agree that the conformation of the breed isn't 'normal' LOL. My old Canadian vet took great pleasure in showing me an x-ray of a jackal's hips vs that of a Basset!! Perhaps the same goes for elbows.


From Noel Fitzpatrick's referrals website

If you go to his website, you will find links to other problems with elbows.
Thank you for your reply. Would this be something that shows up at this age I wonder? Would it also be the cause of the clunking in her ankle? I'm sure it is all related somehow
 

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dogs do not have ankles , if the front it would be the carpal joint similar to a human wrist clicking noise etc are not uncommon may or may not be an issue.
 
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