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My Humphrey boy has been having a problem with his left back leg when he first wakes up in the morning or after a long nap. He seems real reluctant to put any weight on it when he first gets up. After a few minutes of walking around it seems to be better. When I get home from work at night, he runs around like a crazy dog, so the leg doesn't bother him all the time. Is it possible he has arthritis? He's only 3 (we think). Any thoughts?
 

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There are many causes for limping but I'd recommend a visit to your veterinarian for an examination and possilby blood test and x-rays. Limping as you describe could be caused by Lyme Disease or other tick-borne diseases that if untreated can become serious. Soft tissue injury, arthritis, hip dysplasia are only a few conditions that can cause limping. You'd really have to see your vet for any kind of diagnosis and treatment. Here are a few articles of interest:

The Lowdown on Limping

Ruptured cranial cruciate ligament

Don’t Live in Fear of Lyme Disease

Let us know what your vet suggests.

[ September 20, 2003, 07:43 AM: Message edited by: Barbara Winters ]
 
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