Mia is limping :o(

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  1. FurBabiesMama

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    Yesterday morning, I thought I saw a slight limp, like she was slightly favoring a front paw. I picked her up and looked at them as well as I could with her being squirmy, and I rubbed them with no response from her that indicated pain. I did not notice it again yesterday, so I thought maybe I was crazy.

    Then, when she was walking to lunch today, the slight limp was definitely there and has been since. Also, her BG numbers have been abnormally high today. I am SO worried. (I immediately thought of poor Oreo.) We already had a vet appointment scheduled for next Friday just for planned blood work. I called to see if we could come in this week, but her vet is booked. They reserve an appointment each day or two for emergency requests for visits that come in the same day. There is one of those tomorrow afternoon, so they told me to call at 7am when they open if I want to try and get it before anyone else.

    I was planning to up her dose tonight based on her numbers the past couple of days, but now I think maybe I should just hold where we are until I find out if we are seeing the vet tomorrow, and if so, how the visit goes.

    Please let this be nothing. :(:nailbiting:
     
  2. FurBabiesMama

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    I have seen several spiders lately. Could she have swatted at one and it bit her??
     
  3. Dusty Bones

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    My civie was doing the same thing but it was just a sprain from running around like a crazy cat. He doesn't realize he's almost 15 now. LOL
     
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  4. Sharon14

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    Sending vines for sweet Mia and you.:bighug: Try not to worry (ha! easy to say) as Dusty Bones said it may simply be a sprain. Any swelling? Also check shoulder and spine for tenderness(if she stops squirming long enough)
     
  5. FurBabiesMama

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    Did they do an xray to know it was a sprain?
     
  6. FurBabiesMama

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    Thank you. I do not think there is any swelling. I had my husband watch her walk, and he thinks maybe it is her back right paw she is favoring rather than a front paw. It is so hard to tell! She will probably be relaxed and laying spread out on the bed with me this evening, so I will take advantage of that to try and examine things more closely. I will check shoulder and spine, as you suggest, too.
     
  7. JanetNJ

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    You should try video taping it because she may not limp with the stress adrenaline at the vet
     
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  8. Squalliesmom

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    Good thinking!
     
  9. Chris & Lucy

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    Other things to look for might be something caught between the pads, a broken or injured claw that could be causing discomfort or a sliver or bug bite. Check the feet, legs, shoulders, etc. Could also be a sprain, strain or even a touch of arthritis.
     
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  10. Tracey&Jones

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    Hopefully it is something simple. Vines being sent your way!
     
  11. krazy4kritters

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    Sending positive vines. She is isn’t a very old lady so hopefully she just got a little wild when you weren’t looking and stubbed her toe. :p
     
  12. JanetNJ

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    She may have landed wrong or could be arthritis.
     
  13. Becky & Baby Girl Kitty

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    Sending well wishes for you & Mia! Bless you!:bighug:
     
  14. FurBabiesMama

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    I was able to get the one same-day appointment for this afternoon. The limp continues, and her BG remains higher than normal. I have not found anything that looks abnormal about her paws, legs, anything. I will try to get a video of her walking before the appointment.

    Thank you all for your support and well wishes.
     
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  15. Kris & Teasel

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    I hope you find out what it is and that it'll resolve. Here's how strange it can be: Teasel's sister went through an episode of limping from a sore front paw quite a while ago. Vet visit, nothing conclusive, given Onsior for a couple of days, helped a bit but it went on. I watched her eating and had a lightbulb moment - her dish was on a plastic tray in my kitchen and the tray had a low curved lip all around it. She'd rest her front paws on that curved edge as she ate and it set up some sort of pressure point inflammation in her front paw(s). I took the tray away, put her dish on a flat placemat instead and- problem solved!!
     
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  16. Dusty Bones

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    No, in a few days he was fine again. His leg was sore when I would touch it, no swelling but I saw him walking fine one minute then he ran around the house chasing Dusty and next thing I know he was limping. It just lasted like 3 days and then he was fine. Hope it's the same for you.
     
  17. FurBabiesMama

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    The vet felt all over her feet, legs, back, hips, under carriage, everywhere and could feel nothing wrong, and Mia never reacted as though she had been hurt. It looked like she was making Mia do pilates or yoga part of the time. The vet checked each claw to see if it looked like one had snagged on something and hurt her, but saw no obvious evidence of that either. They took blood for the blood work that was already planned. I should get the results tomorrow. If there is some kind of infection or something, that should show up in the CBC. (We had planned to do a urinalysis as well, but Mia's bladder was empty.. figures.)

    So, I still do not know the reason for the limping. I will have to keep a close watch on her and see if it continues. The vet said to especially watch her this evening since, if there is something there to be aggravated, all the rubbing and maneuvering and such that she did should have aggravated it. I do not think Mia will be doing much walking tonight though. She is too traumatized from having to go to the vet. She will probably mostly stay hunkered down. My poor sweet baby.
     
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  18. FurBabiesMama

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    Mia started limping really bad last night. The vet said she might get worse from the exam aggravating it. Her BG has also remained high. She has spent the majority of the time under the bed. I picked up some bupe for her from the vet's office today. It took two hours, but finally I got her to come out from under the bed to take it. About an hour and a half or so later, she came out for some love then curled up in the window. I have no idea what happened to her, but she is clearly injured (or something). I hope it is able to heal up over a couple of days time. I have a few doses of bupe to help her through it. :(
     
  19. Nan & Amber

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    Aw, poor little girl!!! I hope whatever it is clears up soon... :(

    If I were you, I'd be testing for ketones at least daily (I see a test on 5/17, but not one since). This thread reminded me of a kitty that came through here with a ketones episode in which the trigger turned out to be a spider bite on her leg. No one could figure out what was wrong because the bite wasn't visible until a few days after when the swelling peaked, but by then the poor cat was in DKA.

    Mind you, it sounds more like a sprain or a bruise (temporarily aggravated by the exam), but I'd still be keeping a closer-than-usual eye on ketones, better safe than sorry. Glad the bupe helped, hope she's all better soon!
     
  20. PussCatPrince

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    Aw. Hope she is on the road to recovery from whatever hurt her leg.

    :bighug:
     
  21. Sharon14

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    Oh poor Mia! I hope she feels better soon!!!!
     
  22. krazy4kritters

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    Hope she feels betters soon. But, it might be a good sign she is feeling worse after the vet stretched her in every direction. Kinda points to an injury instead of something worse; I dare not mention any of the worse stuff.
     
  23. Kris & Teasel

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    I hope it's a minor injury that heals quickly. :bighug:
     
  24. jayla-n-Drevon

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    any chance the dr checked her shoulder/neck?
    Sometimes when they strain a muscle in the shoulder area the nerve will radiate down. I had a cat wouldn't walk on front foot-had him adjusted by chiropractor and he walked on all 4 out. He has never had a problem again.

    I also recommend MSM and adequan for any cat over 10--jus my opinion. I like Dasaquan but raises bg on my diabetic.
    They are like a miracle or drugs when beginning the aging process before they have "signs". slows the progression.
    My 20 year old thinks he is super fly!
     
  25. FurBabiesMama

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    The vet said (and it looked like) she was doing a very thorough exam. She said she was checking paw, legs, shoulders, hips and back. Thanks for the recommendations.

    Mia is still limping. She has been on bupe since Saturday afternoon (4 doses). I am wondering if I should continue the bupe for another dose or two or if I should let it wear off and see how she does. It concerns me that she is limping even with the drugs, but it also concerns me to leave her drugged and not be able to gauge how she is feeling. I have never had a cat with this type of issue, so this is all new to me. Any thoughts on this? Any idea how long I should expect the limp to continue if it is just a sprain or something like that?
     
  26. Kris & Teasel

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    I wish I had more to offer. Maybe try letting the bupe wear off to see what happens. I don't know about cats but certainly a sprain cause cause problems for weeks in humans (I know this only too well!).
     
  27. Becky & Baby Girl Kitty

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    i sure hope Mia gets better soon, saying prayers for you both! It takes a while for a pulled muscle or sprain. You would think the vet could feel a break unless it’s hairline, but I’d think there would be some swelling too. It may take an x-ray to see what’s what...poor babes :bighug:
     
  28. Sharon14

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    Which MSM do you use?

    FurBabiesMama, you should consider MSM no matter what Mia’s problem is. It’s a natural anti inflammatory. I used it in horses when they get injured and it helps speed healing. I also take it myself for aches and pains. It wouldn’t hurt and may help
    https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/msm
     
  29. jayla-n-Drevon

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  30. jayla-n-Drevon

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    MSM is for inflammation and blood flow.... My dad has been taking it and told me he can tell a difference after a week. He is taking a very low dose because of other health concerns and it is still helping.

    I found it when looking for help for my Swampy who was in severe kidney failure and other things. Within 12 hours she was noticeably brighter. I think it reduced the kidney inflammation and helping the blood flow and push the toxins thru.

    I give to the boys for preventive aging care.
     
  31. Sharon14

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    Thanks. It says almost tasteless. Do you think a picky eater would eat it? I use Now brand for myself and it tastes nasty...
     
  32. jayla-n-Drevon

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    Did they do a x ray by chance??
    I certainly don't want to cause you more concern but a limp that doesn't go away can be symptomatic of a more serious thing. If they did and there is any shadowing I would consider a specialist.
     
  33. jayla-n-Drevon

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    It doesn't have a specific taste but it does have a taste..... Mine would never eat it in food (or anything in food for that matter). Luckily I can pill them. If you feed something with a strong smell you might get away with it. I put it in a protein shake and I can't detect it but you know these fussy cats! With Rico I add it to the dasaquan pill and I put it in hi PM ondnsetron capsule . They dont need much to be effective.
    PM me if you want to try some I will send to you-
     
  34. JanetNJ

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    I hide the taste with half a FortiFlora packet
     
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  35. Sharon14

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    I was just thinking of trying that!
     
  36. FurBabiesMama

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    There was no x-ray done. It is difficult to even tell which leg she is favoring, so they would have had to x-ray everything. I have studied her walk so much at this point that I THINK it is the right front leg. So, if I continues, at least that is a starting point on what to x-ray.

    I know that a limp can be a symptom of something bad which is why I have been so concerned and wanted to get her in so quickly. The fact that the exam seemed to aggravate it so much actually made me feel very slightly better. It seems like that might not be the case if it was something like cancer.. maybe that is not true... I do not know what I am talking about.

    I will consider the MSM. I take Triple Flex which is glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. The only supplement Mia gets at this point is 1-TDC which came very highly recommended by a wonderful dental specialist. It is supposed to be good for gums, joints and muscles. I may start giving it to her every day for a while. (You start with once a day then go to every other day, so she only gets it every other day now.)
     
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  37. FurBabiesMama

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    I ordered some of that MSM. I hope it is okay to give in addition to the 1-TDC. I may email the dental specialist to confirm that it is.

    Thanks, ladies.
     
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  38. Kris & Teasel

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    How is Mia this morning?
     
  39. FurBabiesMama

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    Mia's limp is very subtle this morning. Yay! I really, really hope that means that, whatever it is, it is healing. She also got up on my bed and settled down for the morning after she had breakfast... that is often her normal routine, but she has not been doing it the last few days. I went ahead and continued her bupe through yesterday so that she would rest and give it a chance to heal. I gave her a reduced dose at midnight last night, and I do not plan to give her any more. I hope her improvement continues without it.

    I heard back from the dental specialist (I love him.. I wish he could be the vet for my girls for everything). He said it is fine to give MSM in addition to the 1-TDC. So, as soon as it arrives, I will start it. I did some reading on it yesterday, and learned some things I did not know. I did not realize it could help with allergies, too. I am always open to ways to help Willow with that.
     
  40. jayla-n-Drevon

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    Sometimes it is easier to see which leg is bothering her if you watch her walk away from you ..... from behind
    Maybe someone could call her to them while you watch her walk from the back. Sending prayers...
     
  41. Becky & Baby Girl Kitty

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    Prayers up for you & Mia!
     
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