One of the attributes people often love about their dogs is that they don’t talk back. Unfortunately, that trait also prevents them from communicating pain and discomfort. If your dog is limping, there are several possible causes to investigate so you can ease his silent suffering.
1. Check your dog’s paws for cuts, burns or items stuck like a thorn or piece of metal. Most paw injuries will heal on their own if your dog rests the leg, but you should see your vet for serious cuts and burns. Help fight against infection with a natural supplement like NuVet Plus.
2. Genetic diseases like hip and elbow dysplasia cause limping or lameness in dogs of all ages. Many NuVet Reviews highlight the supplement’s benefits in dogs with these conditions, often found in larger breeds.
3. Older dogs may develop arthritis, another disease that NuVet Plus Reviews and NuJoint Plus reviews detail success with. Years of wear on joints leads to this degenerative condition in dogs. If your dog is older and his limp is persistent, canine arthritis might be the culprit.
4. Panosteitis (known as “pano”) is a condition in younger dogs that literally results in growing pains. Inflammation of the long bones occurs and often causes limping in multiple legs. Although the problem will alleviate when your dog reaches adult size, your vet may prescribe medication to manage the pain.
5. If you find or recently discovered a tick on your dog, have him tested for Lyme disease. Ticks are known to spread Lyme, which can cause lameness.
6. Any dog may have a luxating patella, or a “trick knee,” where the kneecap slips out of place. Adult dogs may suffer inflammation of the knee, known as cruciate ligament disease.
7. Short-legged breeds like Cairn Terriers or Dachshunds are prone to intervertebral disc disease, a spinal condition where discs slip out of place, causing lameness.
8. A break or dislocation is likely if your dog refuses to put any pressure on a leg or if he holds it at an unusual angle. Swelling and extreme sensitivity (which may cause your dog to snap at you if you try to touch the area) can also indicate a break.
9. Osteochondritis dissecans is a joint abnormality most commonly found in the shoulder, but also in the hip, knee or elbow. It can cause a mild limp or severe lameness.
10. Cancerous tumors anywhere on a dog’s leg or paw can cause a limp.