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#1 Bluerose16


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 09:02 AM

Last week, Melody was limping and holding up her right front paw when standing.  It obviously was causing her discomfort.  I thought maybe she had jumped down from something wrong and did soft tissue damage.  It only got worse not better so we went to the vet.  She could find nothing obviously wrong.  Paw color and temp normal.  Blood work normal.  Nothing obviously broken as she lets us touch it and move it with no complaint.  She put her on 3 doses of Metacom for pain and inflammation and she was completely better after 48 hours.  Today she is again limping and holding the leg up when standing.  A call to the vet determined that 2 more doses of Metacom will be safe but she needs to have further testing to determine the cause.  However, the vet is at a loss as to where else to go with this.  I know Maine Coons are more prone to rheumatoid arthritis than other breeds and Melody is 7 1/2, an age when symptoms can appear.  Has anyone had similar issues?  What was the diagnosis and treatment?  The vet did suggest glucosamine/chondroitin.  Any advice will be greatly appreciated.  The vet gave me all the worse-case scenarios, i.e. cancer, blood clot, but doesn't see anything to verify that at this point.  It is awful when they are sick and can't tell you what it is .  The vet suggested a specialist if she has no more ideas.

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#2 RascalDog


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Posted 21 January 2019 - 10:49 AM

Dixie went through this about two years ago. I massaged both her front legs and it seemed to help. It was worst when she got up from a long nap. The only thing we found were calluses on some of her pads. They were at the front of the pads and each formed a point toward the claw. Our vet trimmed off the callused ends and thought that may be the cause for her limp. I can't say for sure that this was the cure for her or not but she hasn't been limping since shortly after the vet trimmed her pads. The vet said we could trim them ourselves but just be careful not to cut too much. BTW, Dixie just turned 9 so she was about the same age as Melody is now. Hope you get it figured out soon, it is hard to see them not feeling well.

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