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My Jack Russell is Limping badly

by Charles Simpson
(Stoke-on-Trent. UK)


Hi, I have a JRT (Dog) who about 3 weeks ago just started to limp on his right hind leg. It gradually got worse and I took him to the vets who examined it and said that is wasn't clear why he was limping. He gave me two types of medicine to give him over 21 days, that is 1 seraquin tablet per day, and Medium dose Metacam for dogs under 8KG. The problem is, I cannot get him to take them, because he isn't eating anything, and hardly drinking, he just lies in the foetal position most of the day, and won't even respond to his favorite word 'walkies' He lets me pick him up and he just stays wherever I put him. I tried to make him walk today, but his back leg looks almost shriveled up. I am really worried about him. His tail is down and he is not his usual boisterous self. He is in his 10th year. He has not been in any fights with other dogs (as the Vet tended to suggest).

He is insured with Pet Plan, but I don't really want him to be operated on if whatever this is may just 'go away'
Can you help - PLEASE.

Jack Russell Lover extraordinaire.

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Jul 20, 2012
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My Jack Russell Dog is no longer limping NEW
by: Charles Simpson

This is just a final update to say that Chip is now fully recovered. He has been seen by two or three Vets who have all really taken an interest in him. He still tris to jump about, but I do spray him with a little water, and it calms him down OK. He's walking with a very VERY slight limp, and apparently he had Sprained his knee during one of his excited jumping bouts.
He's now 11 years old and seems not to jump so high, and I do keep a watch on him - I don't want it all to flare up again.
Thanks again for all of your interest.
Chip is sleeping by me as I write.

Charles

Jul 20, 2012
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My Jack Russell Dog is no longer limping NEW
by: Charles Simpson

This is just a final update to say that Chip is now fully recovered. He has been seen by two or three Vets who have all really taken an interest in him. He still tris to jump about, but I do spray him with a little water, and it calms him down OK. He's walking with a very VERY slight limp, and apparently he had Sprained his knee during one of his excited jumping bouts.
He's now 11 years old and seems not to jump so high, and I do keep a watch on him - I don't want it all to flare up again.
Thanks again for all of your interest.
Chip is sleeping by me as I write.

Charles

Nov 18, 2010
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THANKS FOR THE UPDATE!
by: ScooterMama59

Dear Charles and Precious poochie,
I am so glad that you went and had a second opinion. Having an x-ray is the only way a vet can see what is happening inside our poochies, unless they have broken the leg or paw.

To get your JRT not to jump so much you might try a small spray bottle with water only. When you see them starting to jump give a very stern "NO" and then if they do not comply give a little squirt on their backside. NEVER spray in their face. This works on mine everytime.

Also, use a kennel box that locks to keep them quiet and calm during this time of healing.
Thanks again for the update and glad your poochie is doing better,
Stef, Belgium, JRT Lover from Texas!

Nov 18, 2010
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Chip.
by: Anonymous

I am so pleased that Chip is getting better, it must have been so worrying for you, and I am glad that you took him to another vet, it is hard to stop Jr's from jumping about, just do your best, and give it time, but if in doubt please go back to the vet as he sounds as though he cares about Chip, if our dogs are sleeping or down for more than a day I say get them checked out, as this is not normal, please let us know how Chip gets on, poor little chap must have been in some pain bless him.

Ladyjack.

Nov 17, 2010
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My JRT Limping
by: Chas

This is an update about my Jack Russell Dog, who did not seem to be responding to the treatment given for his limping. I took your advice, and had him seen by another Vet. He told me he was badly dehydrated, and kept him in for observation. I went back the next day, and they had taken x-rays of his leg. Aparently he had torn something in his knee, but they have given me another course of treatment for Chip (my dog). He is back to his normal self, except I have been told he MUST rest his leg, not run up and down stairs, or on and off things. I have to take him for a weekly injection, plus I have to give him his daily medicine. The vet wants to see him every week, to check on his progress.
So I am much happier, except- have you ever tried to stop a Jack Russell from jumping off and on things, it really is difficult.

Thank you for your help.

Jack Russell lover extraordinaire.

Nov 12, 2010
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second opinion
by: Anonymous

Can you take him for a second opinion. None of that sounds good so I would want to get another vet to look at him.

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