Limping Dogs often have dog cruciate ligament injury
If you have a limping dog, it can be very frustrating trying to figure out what is actually causing them to limp and where exactly the problem is. Many times pet owners when they are feeling their dogs to locate the problem, come up empty handed because their dogs never show them exactly where the pain is. If this is the case and your dog has been limping for more than 3 days it is best to call your veterinarian and schedule and appointment.
As this article states in its headline, many times limping dogs actually have an injury to their cranial cruciate ligament in the knee, more commonly referred to as the ACL. The reason we make this claim is that studies have shown that the most common orthopedic injury in dogs is injury to their ACL ligament. Before we talk about this extremely common injury we should first take a step back and ask ourselves a few questions.
Is the limp in front leg or back leg? Is it an occasional limp or consistent all the time? Did your dog have an recent accident or incident that directly caused the limping?
If it is a front leg then there are a whole set of different problems that we could discuss. Here is a brief list of common problems associated with the front leg limping. The most common soft tissue injuries are muscle strains and tendonitis when it comes to the front legs. The most common orthopedic problems are dog arthritis, elbow dysplasia, panosteitis, OCD or osteochondritis dissecans and of-course cancer. Again if your dog is limping for more than three days it is best to have them seen by a licensed veterinarian who will be able to better diagnose the problem.
As for the hind legs, as previously stated, the most common problems revolve around the dog cruciate ligament. Click here to learn more about dog ACL injury . Of course this is not always the case. Here is a list of some of the other potential problems revolving around the hind legs, such as dog arthritis, hip dysplasia, patellar luxation, panosteitis, OCD and yes again cancer.
Diagnosing the exact reason for limping dogs can be a challenge for even the best veterinarian. May times getting an answer will require your dog to be sedated in-order for a complete orthopedic exam and in many cases x-rays will need to be taken.