G has limped on her left forelimb since she was little (she was 6-7 months old when I first noticed it). It comes and goes, but recently it became extremely pronounced – to the point that random people on the street would constantly ask about why she was limping. Is she hurt? Does she had salt in her paws? Is it from fighting? (Yeah, that last one was only once, but annoying none the less.)
Each time her limp became too severe to ignore or chalk up to soreness, she’s gone to the vet for a battery of tests. Each time, sonograms, x-rays, sedations, and a whole litany of tests have been done and all have the same conclusion: inconclusive.
This most recent visit to the vet spanned several days and ended up with the suggestion of trying rimadyl, an anti-inflamatory medication. With so many questions still outstanding, I didn’t really have high hopes for the meds but agreed to try them anyhow.
About 3 weeks later, I can honestly say, the difference is amazing! G’s limp has almost disappeared completely and her energy-level (for better or worse) has rebounded with a vengeance. She even walked with me 5.5 miles last Saturday from the UWS to the East Village and (almost) the entire way had a pep in her step. I would be lying if I said she didn’t hit a major wall around the 5.3 mile mark J.