A veterinarian’s advice on dealing with limping in dogs

Limping is a sign of pain in dogs – it’s their way of showing that it hurts to put their full weight on that leg. Always take a close look at your dog’s affected paw(s) to see if there’s an injury that’s visible as the cause of a limp. If there isn’t one, it’s best […]

How do vets diagnose a limping dog?

It’s always a good idea to take a video of your dog’s limping in action, so that your vet can clearly see what’s going on. You’ll also want to plan your trip to the veterinarian and proceed carefully, since transporting a limping dog can worsen their injuries. In the meantime, limit the amount of exercise […]

When should you see a vet about your dog’s limping?

If your dog is showing any signs or symptoms of an emergency, you’ll want to see your vet or an emergency clinic ASAP. For non-emergencies, if your dog’s limp lasts longer than 2-3 days, or if it’s getting worse over time, you’ll want to book an appointment with your vet. You can perform a simple […]

How to treat your limping dog at home

Treatment for a limping dog depends on the underlying cause (which needs to be diagnosed by a veterinarian), but there’s a few things you can do to help your dog be more comfortable in the meantime. A few days of rest with minimal exercise (especially avoiding any running, jumping and going up or down stairs) […]

Possible causes of why your dog is limping

Limping is a sign of an injury or debilitation of one or more parts of the leg. The injury could be bone, muscle, nerves, tendons, ligaments or skin, and may be anywhere along the front or back leg regions (elbows, wrists, hips, knees, ankles and toes) so there are many different possible causes. Some injuries are obvious […]

Is limping in dogs an emergency?

If your dog is not bearing weight on a leg or can’t walk, this is a sign that it’s a medical emergency and you should take your dog to the vet ASAP.   Other signs of an emergency include: Your dog is showing signs of severe pain or distress (if extreme, be cautious as painful dogs […]

How serious is your dog’s limp?

Limping in dogs (or not putting weight on a paw) is a sign of pain, and that something is wrong. Like with humans, dogs limp for a variety of reasons, ranging from injuries to irritants to illnesses. Closely observing your dog’s limp (or lameness) and refraining from strenuous exercise such as running or jumping helps […]

What is limping in dogs?

Limping (or lameness), hopping, skipping, hobbling, peg-legged, stiffness in the front or back legs, dragging leg(s) or any kind of abnormal gait exhibited by your dog are all signs that he or she is uncomfortable, and likely in pain. If the any of your dog’s leg are non-weight bearing (i.e. they won’t put that leg […]