Lameness in dogs: how to react?

Lameness in dogs is a change in gait. It can come on suddenly or set in gradually.

A dog that limps badly. This is his way of expressing significant embarrassment.

Here are the possible reasons for lameness in dogs and the solutions to relieve it.

Sudden lameness in dogs


  • The pad injury is common in dogs. It may be cracked or contain a foreign object (read: neat a damaged pad).
  • A broken or torn claw. This wound is bleeding a lot. It requires taking antibiotics to prevent infection and wearing a protective sock. Total rest is advised in the most serious cases.
  • A sudden movement, a walk without warming up or a poor reception can be the cause of various traumas (muscle, tendon, ligament, etc.). If you can move your dog's paw without making any whimpers or signs of aggression, it is probably just a strain. Watch if his paw swells or deforms.

Solutions and treatments :

If within forty-eight hours, your dog's lameness has not gone away, you should consult your veterinarian, as late treatment is sometimes irreversible.

  • He will check for the presence of a foreign body in your dog's pad (waxed or broken glass, for example).
  • The vet will run an X-ray and offer a scanner in case of more serious doubts.
  • He will offer antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, osteopathy sessions (read: dog, the benefits of osteopathy), or surgery (rupture of the cruciate ligaments ...) as appropriate.

Dog limping more and more


Progressive lameness is more worrying,because it often hides an important problem.

  • A tumor.
  • A neurological reason.
  • An infectious disease like Lyme disease (read: prevention against ticks).
  • Dysphasia (deformity of the hip joint) which is common and debilitating for certain breeds such as the German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Australian Shepherd ...

Check with your veterinarian to find a treatment adapted to your dog's pathology.

Osteoarthritis in dogs

With old age and overweight, dogs suffer from osteoarthritis.

  • It is essential to walk them regularly to control their weight and maintain their mobility.
  • Steps and raised bowls should be avoided.
  • Have your dog sleep in a warm place on a comfortable bed.
  • Offer him medicated kibble rich in omega 3, glucosamine and chondroitin. These components strengthen and rebuild cartilage.
  • Certain food supplements based on turmeric (natural anti-inflammatory), glucosamine and chondroitin give very good results.
  • In the event of acute attacks, the veterinarian may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, infiltrations and osteopathy sessions to be performed in an aquatic environment for your dog.

Psychological lameness

Anxious dogs lick their pads excessively. This leads to inflammation which leads to lameness. Behaviorists help solve this problem.

Did you know ?

Some dogs intentionally limp to attract attention or to express unease. We call this phenomenon the lameness of the actor. Not so stupid our little companions!

To meditate :

“The dog has the incredible ability to guess our thoughts and feelings. "

Brian Vesey-Fitzgerald


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Video: Why Is Your Dog Limping? Natural Remedies to Help! (September 2021).