Home Remedies For Dogs Limping
Have you ever noticed your dog limping? It must have been a distressing experience for any pet owner to suddenly see a beloved dog not walking properly or comfortably!
What adds even more concern if our dogs are showing what could potentially be a serious medical condition is the fact that we cannot just ask them what happened. Is it just something trivial as sleeping in the wrong position or is already a sign of something much worse?
While this article certainly promotes that the best response to any health concern for our dogs is to bring them to a trusted licensed veterinarian as soon as possible, we understand the concern of any pet owner to know as much as he/she can about his pet’s condition. This article aims to address that concern by comprehensively covering common questions about limping in dogs and some natural home remedies you could do.
Why Is My Dog Limping?
The root cause for limping may be determined, depending on how the limping started or manifested. Limping may have a gradual or sudden onset.
When the onset is gradual, limping may have been caused by a degenerative or chronic condition. If, on the other hand, limping started suddenly, it may have been triggered by an injury or trauma to the dog’s feet, leg, or joints such as with falling or being hit by an object.
Causes of Dog Limping
This section will delve deeper into the causes for dog limping. Here is a list of some of the possible causes and a short discussion of each:
Injury on the paw – Injury to the paw may be due to a variety of things. A dog may have any foreign body stuck to his paw that is causing him pain such as broken glass, a small piece of stick, nail or even plant matter. When left in for an extended period of time, these foreign objects may even lead to infection, which worsens the limping. Insect bites are also common culprits that may cause tenderness in a dog’s foot. Other common injuries could also be bruises, cuts, broken toenail, frostbite, and burns. A sign to look out for indicating injury on the paw is frequent licking.
Joint diseases – Illnesses that cause wear and tear to joints will also lead to limping in the long run. Some examples of these joint diseases are: osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), osteoarthritis, intervetebral disk disease, hip and elbow dysplasia, ligament disease, and patellar luxation. Infections that trigger joint pain such as Lyme disease can also bring about limping.
Bone diseases – Large dog breeds, especially when they are still young, are prone to bone diseases in the legs. Some examples of these diseases are panosteitis and hypertrophic osteodystrophy. These conditions make walking painful, thus the limping. There is also osteorsarcoma, cancer of the bones that affects proper walking.
Trauma or injury – Unfortunate events such as sports injuries and accidents are the most obvious reasons for immediate limping to occur. These events may bring about spinal injuries, broken bones, joint trauma, sprains, dislocations and ligament tears — all leading to abnormal walking.
How to Prevent Dog Limping
Since no pet lover would want to ever experience any untoward experience with his pet, this section will discuss some sensible and practical tips dog owners can employ to specifically prevent dog limping.
First tip: As you would recall, it was mentioned previously in this article that Lyme disease can cause limping. Lyme disease can be prevented by maintaining proper tick and flea prevention in dogs. Do not wait for your dog to be infected. Getting a monthly prevention measure from your veterinarian is easy and simple.
Second tip: If your dog is involved in sporting events, proper conditioning prior to competition must be observed. Just like with human athletes, this step must never be skipped to help minimize injuries.
Third tip: Since it has been discussed that joint and bone diseases can cause limping, maintaining overall good health would be a wise antidote. Make sure your dogs follow the proper diet, paired with the appropriate level of activity or exercise. You can never go wrong with keeping in good health!
Fourth tip: Since all disease cures would benefit from early detection, regular physical check-ups with your veterinarian would be a huge help. Not only would a preventive check be more cost effective than surgery and other treatments, it would save your precious dog from the pain and discomfort of advanced stage diseases.
Fifth tip: Err on the side of caution. Be vigilant with your pets’ play area to ensure that no sharp objects litter the floor or ground they would be walking on. Do also check regularly for insects that may give bothersome bites.
Dogs Limping Natural Home Remedies
If you and your dog are lucky to not be needing surgery or any other prolonged and complicated treatment at the doctor’s clinic, here are some natural home remedies you can do for relief of limping.
Depending on the identified cause, there would be instances that your veterinarian would prescribe good old rest to combat limping. If this were the case, it would be best to help your dog stay as calm as possible to avoid adding any more harm to the injured leg or paw. Exercise and play must be avoided during the mandated days of rest. It would also be a big help to keep your dog in a crate during this period.
Much like when humans get a sprain, a cold compress could also be applied to the affected leg or paw to relieve inflammation and pain. This could also be swapped to warm compress after 24 hours.
Application of CBD oil is also slowly gaining the trust of many veterinarians for limping caused by joint pain. CBD has been studied to relieve pain and give a calming effect especially needed by injured dogs.
Furthermore, since Lyme disease-induced limping can be prevented by good tick disease management, CBD can also aid in this aspect. A growing number of veterinarians have also recognized CBD as a natural and safe repellant for both internal and external pests.
How Much CBD Should I Give my Dog
Should you feel that CBD is the natural home remedy for you and your pet in the fight against limping, this section would discuss the appropriate dosage you should administer. Although CBD is deemed natural and safe, it is still of utmost importance to follow the correct amounts to give your dog to ensure maximum efficacy.
If CBD oil is to be given to help improve joint pain-induced limping, 2mg per kilogram weight of the dog to be treated must be given. This dosage should be administered twice a day. This computation is derived from a study from Cornell University done in July 2018. CBD has also no known negative side effects to date if the correct amounts will be carefully followed.
As for fighting of external ticks and fleas that could lead to Lyme disease-induced limping, CBD oil may be applied lightly on your dog’s coat.
It is our fervent hope that this article has been helpful in allaying the fears of concerned dog owners. Though limping in your dogs may be alarming, being adequately informed and having a back-up of home remedies can be your allies in this battle.
Just as usual, despite having an arsenal of knowledge, we remind you to never take curing your dog in your own hands. Always consult your trusted veterinarian.
- Anna Burke, American Kennel Club, May 21, 2019, https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/why-is-my-dog-limping/
- Vladimir Negron and Jessica Vogelsang, DVM, Pet MD, September 16, 2010, https://www.petmd.com/dog/emergency/accidents-injuries/e_dg_limping
- CBD.CI, https://www.cbd.ci/cbd-and-pets/pet-fleas-cbd-oil-a-natural-flea-repellent/
- Cannanine, March 4, 2019, https://cannanine.com/dog-stiff-or-limping-cbd-might-be-the-boost-they-need/