Can you tell the difference between arthritis and injury?

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Is it possible to differentiate between arthritis and injury at home? I have a 10 year old female lab x Springer and she has developed a very mild limp in her front left leg in the last 2 weeks. I am unaware of any injury and I know she has some mild arthritis in her hips. I am resting her, but if I was able to confirm if it is arthritis, I would be able to allow her a bit more freedom to exercise. I don’t want her on cage rest if it is not going to help her. But I can’t afford a vet visit at the moment if it’s not going to help her. If she needs it, I will take her without hesitation, but don’t want to go to find out I just need to continue managing her arthritis as I have been. Thank you for any advice. It is appreciated.

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Thank you. I suspected that it might require a vet visit, but was hoping otherwise. I will arrange an appointment to take her to the vet. I always notice things early in my dogs, even the vet struggles to find anything wrong sometimes, so hopefully it’s not too bad.
Thank you.

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Hey there
arthritis, arthritis related injury due to compensatory weight shift, unrelated chronic injury that has been grumbling but now evident, or acute soft tissue injury…. list goes on and on sadly so it’s not that simple

only vets are allowed to diagnose – legally …. ask for a vet interested in orthopaedic exams and would be likely to pick up on joint or soft tissue pain.
Might be very very valuable in the long run to accept vet fee plus a physio fee now as in my opinion dogs SHOW pain late in the course and this could be a problem that’s been there a while and now just showing x
i hope that helps not hinders x

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Sorry for making that bold!  I must have hit the button by mistake.

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I’m not sure anyone other than a vet who can examine her could advise you properly.  If it’s on another leg, I think I would go to be certain.  Guessing could make things worse in the long run whether it’s arthritis or something else.  I know it’s expensive but it could be cheaper in the long term to go now.

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