Does your dog limp on the front or back paw? What to do? First of all you need to find out why the dog became limp. This can happen for a number of different reasons.
Causes of lameness in a dog
- First of all, lameness can cause a trauma: an unsuccessful jump, as a result of which the ligaments have stretched, the joint is dislocated or the bones are broken. Probably, and simply overstrain of muscles after too long walk (for example, behind a bicycle) or a long swim.
- If the dog no longer has any symptoms, she does not whine with pain, refuses to eat, then after two or three days the lameness itself will pass.
- However, even in this case, lameness, which does not pass a few days, requires an examination with a veterinarian. Long-term lameness may occur due to chronic diseases: hip dysplasia or arthritis. They require timely treatment.
- Also, the dog may limp because of a broken claw or cut, cracked dry pads, a foreign object between the fingers or a burn.
Therefore, in the first place, it is necessary to carefully inspect the legs, observing the reaction of the animal. You should be careful when touching a sick paw, so that the dog does not bite the pain.
Treatment of causes of lameness
- If the inspection revealed a small cut, it must be washed with disinfectants (hydrogen peroxide) and an antiseptic ointment applied. The paw should be wrapped with a bandage and put on the toe, carefully fixing it. Small burns should also be treated. However, with a deep cut or a severe burn, the dog should be taken to the veterinarian.
- When the muscle is stretched, swelling and inflammation occur. It is necessary to apply a cold compress for 15-20 minutes, which will narrow the blood vessels and reduce swelling. Compress can be applied three times a day for two days.
- Did you find out that the dog broke the claw? It must be completely removed in the veterinary clinic. When bleeding from the nail, he need to burn with a hemostatic agent and apply a tight bandage. After removing the claw, healing will begin, and a new claw will grow after a few months.
- A foreign object can get stuck in the foot pad or between the fingers. Usually it is a pebble, a dry branch or a piece of glass. It must be carefully removed with tweezers, and the wound should be disinfected. If the excess wool between the fingers prevents, it must be cut.
- Overdried and cracked pads of the dog's paws need to be moistened with cream, but not always, but only a few days so that they do not become too soft and vulnerable to injury.
If the dog's wound does not heal for a long time and constantly hurts, there is redness around it and inflammation is noticeable, the dog has an appetite and temperature rises, it is necessary to consult a veterinarian. Especially if the dog is limping, and no external problems are detected.
Prevention of lameness in dogs
You can prevent various injuries in dogs and lameness, if properly looked after her. You need to see the dog's paws weekly. If she often runs on very complex surfaces: stony, hard, hot or cold, then to prevent injuries you need to wear special shoes.
To claws do not break, they need to be cut off regularly. Pads of paws should be kept clean, clearing of pebbles, sand, dirt, and between your fingers, cut off excess hair.