Why is my Dog Limping?

Did your dog just start limping? There are many different reasons for this sudden limping. There are something that you can do at home to help your dog feel much better but many times your dog may need to see your vet for prescription medications

Why is my dog limping?

These are some of the most common reasons that your dog may be limping.

  1. Sprain or strain: When your dog is outside running and playing, they can step in a whole or trip offer a branch in your yard and start limping. Many times, these dogs will quickly heal with time and rest and relaxation.
  2. Torn ACL: Larger dogs can injury their knees and tear their ACL. These injuries often happen very suddenly, and most dogs will limp back to the house without putting any pressure or their leg at all.
  3. Dislocated Leg: Dogs can pop their hips and elbows out of place. This usually take a lot of trauma such as being hit by a car or kicked by a horse. Dogs with a dislocation will need to see your vet for them to put them back into place.
  4. Broken leg: If your dog got out of the back yard they can get hit by a car or some other type of trauma. This can cause them to break a leg. Small dogs can jump off tall furniture and land incorrectly causing them to break their legs.

What Can I do at home to help my dog that is limping?

At home there are many things that you can do to help your dog that is limping.

  1. Rest and Relax: One of the best things to do is make your dog rest and relax. This may mean keeping them confined to a very small space or it may mean that you keep them in a crate when they are not strictly monitored.
  2. Ice: If you and identify the area that is bothering your dog you can apply a small ice pack covered with a small towel to that area for 10 to 15 minutes twice a day.
  3. Massage: if your dog has a pulled muscle a gentle massage for 5 to 10 minutes can help loosen these muscles and help your dog feel much better.

Can I give my dog Over the counter pain medications?

NO, all over the counter pain medication is not good for dogs and can cause GI ulcer and other health issues. Do not give your dog any human pain medications without first talking with a veterinarian.

Can I give my dog Over the counter pain medications?

If your dog is limping even after a few days of resting or you think that they have a broken or dislocated leg, it is best to see your vet. They can take x -rays to see if there are any fracture or dislocations and prescribe your dog pain medications that is safe for your dog to take.

Still need help with your limping dog. Reach out to one of our experienced vets via PetMyPal’s Vet Chat. They can help give your specific advice based on your pet’s signs and symptoms.

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Dr. Sara Ochoa, DVM
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