With four legs, our dogs are bound to limp on one of them at some point in their life, right? Could it be a soft tissue injury such as tendonitis or bursitis? A pinched nerve? What about a traumatic fracture? Did you consider Lyme disease? These are all problems that get ruled out when you bring your dog to Badger Veterinary Hospital due to lameness.
Does your dog's lameness shift from one leg to another? Does he have a fever? Have you seen and/or removed any ticks from him this year? These are all important factors in ruling out Lyme disease as a cause of your dog's limping. Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases in the world. If caught early enough, this disease can be treated and managed without any long term effects. Should Lyme disease be left untreated for a period of time, it can cause severe damage to the kidneys and often times the central nervous system.
So your dog is limping on a rear leg. It happens sporadically, and he's not putting any weight on the leg. He doesn't cry if you touch it, and it doesn't necessarily change his overall attitude at home. Did you know that the culprit of his pain is probably one of the most common orthopedic injuries in dogs?
Like humans, our canine counterparts can tear their anterior cruciate ligament, also known as an ACL. Generally, ACL tears are pretty painful and problematic and require a surgical repair that takes roughly 12-16 weeks to fully heal before your dog can chase squirrels again. Learn more about Cruciate Ligament Injury in Dogs.
Concerned about your dog limping? Call today to schedule an appointment with a Badger Veterinary Hospital Veterinarian!