Diagnosing a Limping Dog.

It is understandable that when your dog develops a limp, you worry. You love your pet and don’t want it to suffer pain for even a moment longer than it has to. Limping is a common occurrence in dogs but discovering the reason for the limp may not always be easy.

Common Signs of Limping

  • Inability to walk or run normally
  • Won’t put weight on the leg
  • Can’t climb stairs or jump into the car
  • Pain when walking
  • Slower running or walking

Many times it is easy to deduce what is wrong. Sometimes a burr is stuck in the paw pads or your pet has stepped on some glass. But other times it’s necessary to have a vet examine your dog to find the real underlying cause.

Diagnosing Procedures

During your visit, the vet will conduct a series of tests to determine the cause if it isn’t immediately clear. These tests may include x-rays, or scanning to make sure there are no broken bones, tumors, or cysts. If the vet suspects cancer a biopsy will be conducted as well as blood tests.

Your dog’s reaction to a thorough physical examination will also be important. Whimpering or yelping when certain areas of the leg or hip are manipulated will give your vet a good idea of possible causes.

Learn More About Dog Limping & treatment

If your dog has suddenly developed a limp and you are unable to find the cause yourself, contact the caring professionals at Paw Paws Vet Clinic today and schedule an examination.