*Saleen's mom here*
On Tuesday of last week I noticed Saleen was limping a little. Basically, if he jumped off the bed or something, the first four or five steps he took were limping, but after that they were fine. We figured he'd just strained something and the jumping was aggrivating it.
This continued (limping for four or five steps only after jumping down from somewhere) through the rest of last week.
Then on Friday night he started limping all the time and when he sat down he'd hold that foot up off the ground. So of course we immediately made a vet appointment, and the earliest one they had was yesterday (Wednesday... a week and a day after any signs of limping showed up). He stayed the same limping all the time and holding up the paw when sitting up until Wednesday morning.
When we got to the vet, we let him out of the carrier and he walked around the room without any trace of a limp! A few times during the week we had tried to see where the injury was so we had palpitated his whole leg and thought it was in the paw. So we had the vet do the same and he did look towards the paw when the vet manipulated it but didn't meow or otherwise act in pain.
The vet said that sometimes they can get an infection somewhere else in their body and it will migrate to a joint. He said that usually sprains go away and get better over time and infections get worse, so that is why he's thinking infection. He also said it really didn't seem like anything was broken. As some of you might know from other posts, Saleen has been challenging our dog's dominance lately so they have been getting into scuffles. So it's possible she scratched him somewhere and the infection traveled. It's also possible that he sprained his paw while clawing her in the face (the dog came off slightly worse the wear in the last fight).
Anyway, we're giving antibiotics twice a day starting last night. I haven't seen any improvement yet, in fact he seems to be worse even!
Here are my questions: has anyone else had this infection traveling to joint thing? has anyone else had something with similar symptoms, what appears to be a soft tissue injury getting worse over time? I just got some syn-flex (glucosamine) for the pup, does this sound like any form of arthritis and so should I give him syn-flex, too?
The vet said that if it's not better in two weeks then we might consider an x-ray, but that you can't really see soft-tissue injuries in an x-ray.
So, any advice?
(and yes, we've restricted his jumping as much as possible, started that immediately on Tuesday)