you must have seen a dog before who is leaning on one foot of his more than the other, just like humans when they break their bones,that is called dog limping.
There are plenty of causes that lead to dog limping, not necessarily it happens when the dog gets older, it can be caused by a medical problem, a tumor for instincts e.g. malignant tumors, or trauma, or even life threatening conditions.
And we will discuss in this article 10 causes for this phenomenon.
The following are the most common causes for dog limping:
it means inflammation in one or more joints, you can see this if you notice laziness on your dog while getting up, or sitting, getting into or out of bed. You may check with your vet if you notice one of the mentioned symptoms.
Footpad or Paw injuries:
It occurs in the foot of your dog, and between his toes as form of swelling, sharp objects, or maybe stones. It is also caused by extreme weather conditions.
a fracture of the bone that is hidden beneath the skin of your dog, it might not be evident, as it doesn’t appear on the leg, and there is no change in its shape.
a fracture that occurs to the bone and cause it to expose on skin surface, which is very dangerous type as it increases the ability of the dog to catch an infection of the bone.
Epiphyseal and greenstick fracture:
it is a fracture of the long bones only, occurs in puppies where the bones aren’t matured yet. A greenstick is a crack in the bones; the cracked bones are still intact to each other.
it directly cause dog limps, as ligaments are the fibers that attach bones together at the joints.
tumors could be malignant, that is dangerous type of it, so, if you notice dizziness or disorientation on your dog, you better take it to the vet immediately as it may be the symptoms of a tumor.