My black lab bitch (6 1/2) suddenly developed a limp 6 days ago. The Ex, who I share the dogs with, took her to the vet who apparently said it could have been caused by over-exercise or running over rough ground, neither of which have been the case. He also said that jumping from my estate car boot was a very likely cause!
She was put on Metacam with very limited exercise and now seems fine.
I'm due to pick them up at lunchtime today and The Ex is insisting that I buy a dog ramp to avoid a repeat of the problem. I've done a quick search and they are about £70. I'm very loathe to do this at this stage because I don't trust what she's said re vet advice and that the problem is likely to have been caused by the car, as it appeared 2 days after dropping the dogs off. Problems re The Ex are too long a rant to go into details but this has coincided with the camping season about to start and I take the dogs away to The Lakes etc. regularly!
Can a vet really diagnose a potential long term problem like this on its first appearance?
Isn't it more likely that she may have simply strained something eg. muscle or ligament as it has resolved itslef within a few days and is the first episode!
I feel the car is not relevant, as she used to jump out of my old car which actually had higher seats than the new estate, which is only about 2 feet to the ground + the limp appeared 2 days after they had been dropped off.
Advice from vets and experiences from STW dog owner welcome. Unfortunately it's too late to build a new patio for the ex