What if the dog is lame?

Is your dog limping on the front or back paw? What to do? First of all, you need to find out why the dog began to limp. This can happen for a variety of different reasons.

Causes of lameness in a dog

  • In the first place, lameness can cause injury: an unsuccessful jump, as a result of which the ligaments were stretched, the joint was dislocated, or the bones were broken. It is possible that simply overstressing the muscles after a too long walk (for example, behind the bike) or a long swim.
  • If the dog no longer has any symptoms, it does not whimper from pain, does not refuse to eat, then the limp will disappear in two or three days.
  • However, even in this case, a limp that does not go through for several days requires an examination by a veterinarian. Prolonged lameness can 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, first of all, it is necessary to carefully examine the paws, watching the reaction of the animal. You should be careful when touching the sore paw so that the dog does not bite from the pain.

Treatment of causes of lameness

  • If a small cut is found during the inspection, it should be washed with disinfectants (hydrogen peroxide) and apply antiseptic ointment. Paw need to wrap a bandage and wear a sock, carefully fixing it. Small burns should also be treated. However, for deep cuts or severe burns, the dog must be taken to a veterinarian.
  • When a muscle is stretched, there is swelling and inflammation. It is necessary for 15-20 minutes to apply a cold compress, which will narrow blood vessels and reduce swelling. Compress can be applied three times a day for two days.
  • Did you find that the dog has a broken claw? It must be completely removed in a veterinary clinic. When bleeding from the nail, cauterize it with a hemostatic agent and apply a tight bandage. After the claw has been removed, the healing will begin, and the new claw will grow in a few months.
  • A foreign object may get stuck in the footpad or between the fingers. This is usually a pebble, a dry branch or a piece of glass. It must be carefully removed with tweezers, and the wound is sanitized. If the excess hair between the fingers interferes, it needs to be cut off.
  • Overdried and cracked paws of a dog should be moistened with a cream, but not always, but only a few days so that they do not become too soft and vulnerable to injury.

If a wound in a dog does not heal for a long time and is constantly sore, there is redness around it and noticeably inflammation, the dog loses its appetite and the temperature rises, you should consult with a veterinarian. Especially, if the dog is lame, but no external problems are found.

Prevention of lameness in dogs

You can prevent various injuries in dogs and lameness, if properly care for her. It is necessary to inspect the paws of the dog every week. If she often runs on very difficult 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 regularly cut. Paw pads should be kept clean, cleansing from pebbles, sand, dirt, and between the fingers to trim excess hair.



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