I decided to take my dog to the Vet tonight, in sort of a panic. They
were closed early and no reason why. My dog is almost 8 years old, and
has always been very healthy and active. She is still as active as I
will let her be, in spite of her current condition.
Last summer I noticed her limping. I could see nothing wrong with her
foot or leg, and in a few days it had passed. About 4 weeks ago, she
started limping again, and I knew it was painful for her because she had
trouble getting up the steps and jumping onto the bed, and she would
whimper. This went on for almost three weeks before her leg swelled up
and appeared to be intensely bruised on the inside from crotch to ankle.
In 2 days all the swelling and redness was gone, and a few days after
that, the limping was gone too.
After a day she started limping again, but the swelling has not come
back. Not in that leg anyway. When I got home from work tonight, her
other leg is badly swollen and red in the same way as before! She is
using it in favor of the first leg. This seems to me to be very unusual
and it sort of has me freaked out. Is there a vet, or anyone else here
thats ever seen anything like this? Her other leg, the first leg seems
to be stiff now. Could this be arthritis or gout?