What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog: Tosha's Hind Leg Limp


Australian Shepherd
5 years old at the time (or so)
spayed female

What Would You Do if It Was Your Dog: Tosha's Hind Leg Limp

The worst thing you can do when your dog is showing a symptom of a problem is to jump to conclusions. What immediately seems most evident to you is determined by your past experiences or things you heard or read about. There is an equal chance of your being right or wrong.

Tosha's story started with diarrhea.

That meant frequent, urgent potty breaks. After one of the rushed trips to the yard, Tosha came back with a limp. Because she was favoring her hind leg, the immediate assumptions her parents made was a cruciate ligament injury.

I admit that when I see my dog limping on a hind leg, a knee injury is the first thing that pops to my mind too. Knee injuries are common in larger dogs.

You would be surprised, however, how many different things can cause similarly-looking lameness. To paraphrase my hubby, "I know you're sure but are you right?" The odds of that are always 50/50.

Tosha had a bit of swelling in her hock.

Other than that, her parents didn't discover much of anything else. By the next morning, the swelling seemed to have gone down. Tosha was still limping some and was rather quiet. That could have been chalked up to her recovering from the GI upset.

As the day went on, Tosha was becoming quieter by the hour.

That's when Tosha's parents discovered that there were more swelling and a lot of heat further up Tosha's leg. It was then whey they decided to take Tosha to the emergency vet.

What would you make of Tosha's symptoms? What would you do if it was your dog?

Read Tosha's story here.

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