I am in the process of adopting a tripod Pomeranian mix from a rescue. He’s only about 8 pounds and one of his rear legs doesn’t work. He pulls it up to his belly when he hops around. He’s kind of a grouchy, but sweet little dog (about 6 years old they guess) and likes to be held, petted and such but if he’s not getting petted he goes straight back to his bed/crate. He doesn’t really like to walk around or play at all which doesn’t seem like the typical personality of a dog in his prime. I am concerned that he may be in some pain from the injury that is inhibiting all but the most necessary activities for him.
The rescue says the veterinary evaluation showed that ‘an old injury’ caused the leg to not be functional anymore. No further information that I have although I have asked for the veterinary reports and xrays. I think he came originally from Animal Control so maybe no one knows what originally happened. Their vet said there was not anything that could fix the injury and since he seems to get around with it like that they just let it be.
Once he arrives I want to have a thorough evaluation of the leg (and everything else, he is supposed to have a grade 2 heart murmur) done.
My question for the forum is: what questions should I ask the vet/specialists? What type of info am I looking for? How do I know if it is pain that is inhibiting his activity or if he’s just ‘normally’ like this (which would be fine with me as long as he’s feeling ok).
I want this little guy to have the best, most pain-free life possible!
Thanks for any guidance!