Your assessment results for:

Limping or Lameness

Urgency level: Medium priority

Contact your family veterinary practice in 1-2 days if not resolved, or if the situation gets worse

What to do next

Monitor your dog and take a video of their limp

  • Contact your family veterinary practice right away if your dog develops any of the following: pain, can’t move around, won’t put weight on affected leg.
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm (minimal exercise) – you want to prevent your dog from further aggravating the injury. Sometimes rest will resolve the issue.
  • Be careful when handling your dog – the affected area is likely painful and they may bite.
  • Make note of as many details as you can for your vet, as this will help them diagnose the situation:
    • Which leg(s) are limping, and what specific area?
    • Is it always the same leg, or different legs?
    • Are there specific situations where they limp more?
  • Taking a video of your dog’s limp is always a good idea – especially if the limp is intermittent.


Why it’s medium priority

Mild limping may resolve on its own

  • Limping typically requires veterinary attention, however, based on your selection, your dog appears to have a mild limp which does not require immediate attention.
  • It may resolve on its own with some rest and home management. Some dogs (especially puppies) also tend to be overly dramatic after a fall or injury, so monitoring for “true lameness” is essential.


Home care tips

Use an ice pack and do not give human pain medication

  • Do not give acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil) to your dog – they are toxic to dogs.
  • Wrap an ice pack in a towel and hold it gently on the affected area to ease pain and reduce swelling.
  • Keep your dog quiet and calm – you want to prevent your dog from further aggravating the injury.
  • Learn more about limping (lameness) in dogs


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