Q:

Why is my dog limping on his front leg?

A:

According to VCA Animal Hospitals, when dogs limp on their front legs, it is a common sign of osteochondritis. This medical condition is also referred to as OCD. OCD is a defect of the cartilage on the end of a bone in the shoulder, elbow, hip or knee joint. This condition causes mild to intense pain with intermittent limping. Surgical procedures to remove the affected cartilage are a common form of treatment.

According to PetMD, front leg limping in dogs can be caused by sprained muscles, slipped discs, torn ligaments and osteoarthritis. If the dog's leg is fractured or dislocated, the limb often dangles at an unnatural angle. Typically, weight-bearing lameness does not indicate a fracture. However, it is important to consult with a veterinarian to ensure proper diagnosis through x-rays and a physical examination.

Care First Animal Hospital explains that limping in dogs is a common symptom of a torn ligament. If a torn ligament is left untreated, the dog's overall knee stability can decline. Additional symptoms include stiffness upon waking and difficulty rising, sitting at an odd angle, a reluctance to jump and abnormal back posture. Potential complications of torn ligaments include arthritis and increased wear on bones and cartilage. Symptoms of torn ligaments tend to come on slowly and often go unnoticed by pet owners until the dog's pain leads to a severe limp.


Is this answer helpful?

Similar Questions

  • Q:

    Will neutering my dog calm him down?

    A:

    According to the VCA Animal Hospitals, dogs that have excitable natures are not calmer after being neutered. The only behaviors affected are those specifically linked to the presence of male hormones, which are no longer produced after the procedure.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How many litters can a dog have per year?

    A:

    According to VCA Animal Hospitals, the average female dog goes into estrus twice a year, which means she can have two litters of puppies a year. However, just because a dog is in estrus does not always translate to pregnancy. A number of factors influence whether a dog becomes pregnant during her heat cycle.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why does my dog have pale gums?

    A:

    According to VCA Animal Hospitals, pale gums are a symptom of anemia in dogs, and it is important to consult a veterinarian as soon as possible to ensure proper testing and treatment. Anemia is a medical condition in humans and animals that causes reduced circulation of hemoglobin and red blood cells. Additional symptoms of anemia include listlessness and a lack of stamina.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How can one train a dog to lie down?

    A:

    The owner begins with the dog in a sitting position and holds a treat in front of the dog's face. With the dog in sitting position, the owner commands "down" and lowers the treat between the dog's front paws. As the dog bends toward the treat, the owner moves it in a straight line out in front of the paws. The dog moves into the down position, following the treat.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore