Why is the dog limping?
Has the dog started to limp? Unfortunately, this happens often. Sometimes the cause is on the surface: an injury, a splinter in the foot, or a recent injection. And sometimes the owner throws up his hands in bewilderment: there are no visible injuries, and the pet suddenly stopped leaning on its paw! Why is this happening? What to do in such cases?
The dog is limping: causes and prevention
Lameness can occur due to a huge number of reasons. They can be divided into two main groups: external and internal.
External causes include mechanical damage: cuts, abrasions, injuries (dislocations, fractures, bruises, etc.), cracks in the pads, splinters, injections, and an insect bite.
Internal causes are inflammation of the muscles, joints, and ligaments, which, incidentally, can occur due to trauma or hypothermia. And also: dysplasia of the knee or hip joints, osteomyelitis, circulatory disorders, education (malignant or benign) and other ailments.
Many situations cannot be predicted and, no matter how much we would like, you cannot insure dogs from all the dangers. But proper pet care will reduce the risk of lameness and other diseases in general.
Try to protect the dog from injuries and hypothermia: do not let it sleep on cold, hard surfaces, reduce walking time in frost and wet weather, and avoid ice. Always control your dog’s diet. It should be nutritious and balanced, and most importantly, specifically suitable for your pet. The entire body of the dog suffers from a lack of vitamins and minerals, including the musculoskeletal system.
Dog is limping
What to do if the dog is limping?
If the dog begins to limp, the first thing to do is to conduct an inspection. You may be able to identify the cause and eliminate it right at home.
Carefully inspect the pet’s paws. Often the cause of lameness is damage to the paw pads. This may be a splinter, abrasion, an insect bite, or, for example, a reaction to a reagent. A dog may limp due to a cut or bite from another dog. If the dog is injured and the wound is not deep, you can treat it yourself.
Sometimes the dog begins to limp after an injection. Some injections are quite painful, and the drug resolves for a long time. This provokes pain and discomfort when walking.
In any case, it is better to consult a veterinarian for diagnosis. This is all the more necessary if the cause of lameness is unclear. Perhaps the problem indicates joint inflammation or an internal disease that the dog owner did not even suspect. Do not worry: there is no reason to panic. In the initial stages, most diseases are easily treated and eliminated without consequences for the body.
Be vigilant and do not delay going to the vet clinic. Only a veterinarian can prescribe treatment after he carries out the diagnosis. Depending on the problem and its severity, the treatment is always different, there is no single scheme for all cases. Do not risk the health of your pets and do not self-medicate. They trust us.