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My black lab mix, 7 years old, was at the park chasing the ball when she quickly stop mid run yelp and started limping, back leg. We checked her at the park and found nothing in her paw and she gave no indication of pain when touched. We continue to watch her this week, still limping with occasional weight on leg. Still no pain indicated by her when checking leg, paw, hip, butt area or anywhere else. She has never had any leg or hip issues before. She did loss her toenail on this leg about a month ago, but again no indication this is where she is having pain from. Shauna

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July 5, 2013 at 10:04 AM



Dear Shauna,

From your description it seems like she might have injured her anterior cruciate ligament. It could be stretched, or partially or completely torn. Arthro-IonX could be helpful especially if the ligament is not completely torn or she has a pulled muscle. It helps to reduce pain,and inflammation and stimulate healing. If this is the case, try to limit the amount of running and jumping while the knee is still weak. Usually leash walks are in order to prevent further injury. If she is still limping it would be wise to take her to your veterinarian so that your vet can give you a diagnosis.

To help the injured tissue to heal, the nutritional supplements I recommend are digestive enzymes with each meal, MSM, probiotics, and Omega 3,6,9. Also be sure to give sufficient fresh water that is free of chlorine and fluoride. If you can gradually phase into a grain free diet that can be helpful too.

The other thing that is sometimes beneficial is to have a certified veterinary chiropractor check for spinal and hip alignment and make any necessary corrections.

Please let us know how you progress or if you have any other questions.

Best wishes,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
July 6, 2013 at 9:31 AM
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