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THE WELL DOG

PLACE

Dr. Ken Tudor
Holistic Veterinarian

X-rays are the best diagnostic tool for limping dogs

Why Do Dogs Limp?

May 22, 2018

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:

  • Joints (sprains, strains, arthritis)
  • Spine (slipped discs, arthritic spinal vertebrae)
  • Ligaments & Tendons (genetically misaligned, torn, ruptured, infected, cancer)
  • Bones (growing pains, breaks, infection, cancer)
  • Muscles (overexertion, tears, infections, cancer)
  • Foot pads (toenail, foxtail, glass, thorn or stinger penetration, infection, pavement or chemical burns, cancer)

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.

Book an appointment for limping dog today and take advantage of our May special offer-10% OFF any 2-view x-ray study.

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Author
Ken Tudor DVM
Dr. Ken Tudor, Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. He has developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. He is also a frequent guest on the Pet World Insider radio show and a popular guest on the televised Pet Ex Talks-Pet Experts Empowering Pet Parents show.

Why Do Dogs Limp?

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