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When a dog with a normal stride and walk suddenly starts limping, It’s likely caused by one of two things:
•The pet is in pain or uncomfortable
•Something has happened affecting the normal motion of a joint, ligament or bone
Both issues can be true at the same time
If your dog is limping, it’s best to visit your veterinarian to take a closer look at your pet. Once the location of the problem is identified, recommendations can be made in order to more clearly define what needs to be done. If your dog is limping from the back leg, it could be because:
•Torn or ruptured ligaments and tendons
•Soft tissue damage
Limping on his or her front legs can include many of the same issues, as well as OCD (cartilage defect), and elbow dysplasia Depending on the diagnosis, treatment recommendations may include strict rest, anti-inflammatories and/or pain medications or surgery.
John Smith, DVMVeterinarian
Dr. John Smith is a graduate of LSU, Class of 1998. He has over 10 years of experience...
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