I have a 2 1/2 yr old springer thats picked up a front leg sprain or worse about a month ago after slipping. I took him to the vets who prescribed Meloxidyl which I believe is similar to Metacam. He was given a 10 day course and 2 weeks minimal exercise which I observed. Last week he had his first real workout which he seemed fine with though he was a bit stiff later on so I put him back to minimal exercise for 4 or 5 days. This morning as we were dogging in (not too much) he was seemingly fine but this evening he is lame again and won't put it down. I've read the horror stories about cruciate ligaments but I'm not sure this is the problem and neither was the vet, but I wondered if anyone has similar experience and just how long it took to get over a sprain. He is my right arm on the shoot but his health obviously comes first. I will take him back to the vets on Monday.