Questions and AnswersCategory: HealthMy dog picks up his left back leg
bestvet Staff asked 2 years ago

My dog picks up his left back leg

My dog picks up his left back leg and has started to shiver what can i do at home cant afford to take him to the vet. He is maybe 13 in human years weighs 20 pounds breed boxer terrier.

Please follow and like us:

1 Answers
bestvet Staff answered 2 years ago

The dogs limp due to several reasons. As they are unable to tell what happened to them or where they have pain, it makes it difficult for humans to figure it out. Before moving to the veterinarian, most of us usually need to know the causes of limping in dogs, when to visit the veterinarian and what are the emergencies in limping.

GRADUAL ONSET VS. SUDDEN LIMPING

The limping usually exists in two types, i.e., General onset and Sudden onset.

Gradual Onset: – it is slow happening process and is caused by a primary, chronic or degenerative condition, for instances osteoarthritis or dysplasia.

Sudden Onset: – this type usually occurs suddenly via any injury or trauma.

SIGNS OF LIMPING IN DOGS

  • Pain
  • Uncommon gait of the dog
  • Swollen limb
  • Injury of muscle mass
  • Noticeable breakage or dislocation
  • Unusual position during standing, sitting or lying down
  • Unwillingness to exercise or accomplish normal activities such as climbing stairs
  • Deterioration of paws
  • Trembling
  • Rough sound when joints move

DOG LIMPING ON HIND LEG

Limping of back leg is more alarming compared to the front legs. The characteristic sign of the hind leg limping includes rising of the tail as the lame limb meets the ground and the hip of the unaffected side looking lower than its opposite side. The affected limb has enhanced vertical motion. If the back-leg lameness remains for a longer time, it may damage the muscles of the hindquarter.

SOURCES OF LIMPING IN DOGS

Lameness in dogs is not a disease. However, it is a sign of a painful condition like pulled muscle, breakage of bone, or sprained ligament. There are numerous causes of lameness in dogs and range from chronic disease to trauma. Following are a few causes of the lameness or limping in the dogs.

  • Paw Injury
  • Joint Disease
  • Bone Disease
  • Injury or Trauma
  • Overweight

If the hind leg limb is of mild condition and if the damage is of a minor term such as injury due to cut paw or torn nail, it is better to get the advice of the veterinarian and make sure the dog receives proper rest for a few days before the reintroduction of a regular exercise.

If the lameness persists for more than a day or the limping is accompanied by severe bleeding or swelling, or dragging of limb, or a broken bone with inability to stand, requires instant veterinary help.

MANAGEMENT OF LEG PAIN IN DOGS: –

The lame dogs recover more rapidly if their pain is well managed. The veterinarian will help you to bring pain relief for the dog. Mostly, veterinarian prescribe NSAIDs or any pain relief medicines.

TREATING LIMPING OF DOG AT HOME: –

Please never try to address the dog’s pain at home by yourself without consulting a veterinarian. Many human medicines are harmful to the dogs. Thus, please be careful before using those medicines.

PREVENTING LAMENESS IN DOGS

There are several factors for the lameness. These factors include the breed of the dogs. Some ailments of lameness may pass from one generation to the other. Regular, vigorous activity may also be a factor for lameness if the dog is overweight. Obese dogs are prone to be more on the risk of lameness.

Lina, DVM

In case you found our response helpful, please provide financial support for our animal rescue fund to help the animals in need and without permanent home.

https://bestvetonline.com/animal-rescue-fund/

Please follow and like us:

Your Answer