Why is my dog limping but has no pain?
Some minor injuries can lead to limping without pain, such as a minor tear to their ACL, minor patella luxation, or minor sprains. Medically speaking, sprains harm the ligaments that connect bones. This can lead to joint damage if not properly taken care of.
What to do if your dog is limping but not crying?
It is best to get your pet evaluated by a vet who can do a lameness exam to localize where the problem is on the leg. They will be able to recommend the appropriate treatment, whether it is just anti-inflammatory medication or potential surgery if the injury is involving the ligament.
When should I take my dog to the vet for limping?
If the limp doesn’t begin to resolve itself, is becoming worse, or is accompanied with whining or yelping, it’s time to call your vet or visit your nearest emergency vet. Your veterinarian has the training and knowledge to best determine the cause and severity of your pup’s pain.
How can I treat my dogs limping at home?
In a typical plan to treat strains and sprains, your vet may tell you to:
- Give your dog nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease inflammation. …
- Apply an ice pack or heating pad.
- Make sure your dog rests. …
- Walk your dog on a leash, taking it slowly at first.
Can a dog limp heal on its own?
Gradual onset limps or sudden onset limps that don’t seem to be bothering your dog too much can usually wait a few hours, and in some cases, may even resolve on their own during the waiting period.
How can you tell if your dog’s limp is serious?
When severely limping, dogs may refuse to bear weight on the affected limb, or they may just barely tap their toes on the ground. While severe dog limping should be evaluated by a veterinarian quickly, you should take your dog’s personality into account.
How do I know if my dog has pulled a muscle?
Clinical signs of muscle tears include pain on palpation (examination by touch during a physical exam) of the injured area, lameness or limping, swelling of the muscle, and/or bruising.
Why is my dog limping intermittently?
In general, if your pet has a more gradual, intermittent issue, this might be a more, chronic condition like hip dysplasia or arthritis. If your pet injures a paw or fractures a bone, you will see sudden limping.
How long does a dog limp take to heal?
While a sprain is more serious than a simple strain, most dogs make a full recovery from a sprained leg. The biggest challenge most pet parents face is convincing their active and energetic canine companions to take it easy for the roughly six weeks it takes for a sprain to heal.