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Limping (Lameness)

By Dr. Alison Norwich, DVM. Reviewed by Dr. Elizabeth Davis, MVB

Limping (lameness) or any kind of abnormal walking exhibited by your dog occurs when he or she is uncomfortable or in pain. Dogs will usually avoid putting any weight on the affected paw(s) intermittently after specific situations (such as a long run or strenuous exercise) or all the time, which can be clues to the underlying cause of the limp.

Depending on the severity and time frame of the limp, you may be able to manage the situation at home. If your dog can’t walk or is showing other signs of an emergency, you’ll want to visit the vet ASAP to prevent any further injuries.

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