Your dog limps because of PAIN! Dogs are much braver than us. The seldom cry from pain. But if they limp they are experiencing pain or discomfort someplace in their leg. So, what causes pain in legs. With rare exception, limping is caused by pain in:
Although foot pads problems are the first thing owners think of when their dog limps, these are not the most common causes of limping in dogs. Ingrown toenails, foxtail penetration, pavement/chemical burns are easily diagnosed and treated.
The most common causes of limping in dogs are sprains, spinal disease, arthritis, misaligned, torn or ruptured ligaments, bone fractures and bone cancer. These are much harder to confidently diagnose. X-rays are needed to determine the cause of limping in most dogs. Without x-rays it is difficult for your veterinarian to develop a treatment plan for your dog’s limp.
At The Well Dog Place we use a combination of eastern and western treatments for limping dogs.