Licking dog: what can it be?

If your dog is limping, it means something is wrong with him. There are several possibilities for what is happening with your dog.

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Physical exercise such as running, playing, jumping, is very important so that your puppy stays fit and healthy. Therefore, it is essential to realize why the dog is limping and to make the necessary treatment so that it returns to walk normally.

In this article by YourCatCareguide we will answer the question ” the dog is limping, what can it be ?” Keep reading!

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Dog crying and limping

If your dog is limping and crying, it is a clear sign that he has pain and needs immediate veterinary attention. If your dog is only limping and does not cry, it does not mean that the dog is limping but does not feel pain. In fact, the mere fact that he is limping most likely means that he does not support that foot on the ground because doing so causes him pain.

Whatever the case, dog limping the front paw, dog limping hind leg or dog limping after walking, a veterinary visit is essential . Dogs do not limp without a reason and without adequate diagnosis it is not possible to do a treatment that helps the dog walk normally again.

Next we will explain the different possible reasons for your dog to be limping.

Dog limping after fall

One of the most frequent reasons for a dog to limp is an injury or trauma resulting from a fall. Basically, the dog limping after fall may be due to :

  • Bone fractures
  • Ligament rupture
  • Wounded or bruised

If your dog has fallen and is limping it is essential that it be seen by a veterinarian. It may be only a small bruise or sore on one of the paws or on the other hand, it may be something more serious like a bone fracture. It may be necessary to immobilize this member and even surgery.

Dog limping: causes

Sometimes the dog is limping and there is no fall and you do not see an apparent reason for it to be happening. There are several problems that may be happening with the dog and that they reveal themselves in this clinical sign. Let us explain some of the possible causes for the dog to be limping .

Coxofemural dysplasia

Coxofemoral dysplasia, also known as hip dysplasia or hip dysplasia, is an extremely complex disease that causes irreversible degenerative changes. This disease mainly affects medium and large dogs and the most characteristic symptom is claudication.

The most predisposed races for hip dysplasia disease are:

  • German Shepherd
  • Rotweiller
  • Labrador
  • St Bernard

This disease is hereditary, that is, transmitted from parents to children. The symptoms of coxofemural dysplasia are one or more of these:

  • Dog limping from one or both hind legs
  • Arched back
  • The dog puts the weight of the body on the anterior limbs (front legs)
  • Anterior rotation of the limbs
  • Wobbling

A radiograph is necessary for the diagnosis of this disease. For this reason, if you suspect that your dog is limping for that reason, you should consult your veterinarian.

Rupture of the cruciate ligament

Cruciate ligament rupture is a common disease in large dogs. This rupture may occur due to trauma or there may be a chronic rupture of the ligament. The rupture of the cruciate ligament causes inflammation of the joint which can lead to several pathological changes such as osteoarthritis and lesions in the meniscus. The symptoms of cruciate ligament rupture are:

  • Strong and sharp pain
  • Dog does not support affected member on floor
  • Limping dog
  • Loss of appetite due to pain

The diagnosis is made by the veterinarian through an X-ray. Experienced professionals can diagnose the problem by palpating the physical examination.

Dislocation of the patella

The patellar luxation , such as ligament rupture may occur due to trauma or may be congenital. The clinical signs of patellar dislocation are:

  • Claudication
  • Severe pain

Basically, what happens is a disengagement of the knee joints. There are different degrees of dislocation of the patella. Depending on the degree of dislocation, the prognosis of the animal will be better or worse.


Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease common in older dogs. Other factors may contribute to the onset of arthritis in the dog namely:

  • Overweight
  • Genetics
  • Size (large breeds)

Since this problem causes pain, the clinical sign of the limping dog is quite common. In addition to that, there are other clinical signs of arthritis in dogs:

  • Difficulty in getting up
  • Loss of appetite
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Behavioral changes
  • Difficulty climbing stairs

To learn more about this disease, read our full article on arthritis in dogs .

Leaning dog, how to treat?

The recommended treatment depends solely and exclusively on the diagnosis of the disease. For this reason, it is essential that a diagnosis be made by the veterinarian who will prescribe appropriate treatment.

We will explain below some of the treatments for the most common diseases that cause dog claudication.

How to treat coxofemural dysplasia in dogs

If your veterinarian has diagnosed this problem, these are the main methods to treat coxofemural dysplasia in dogs :

  • Analgesics
  • Nonsteroidal or steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
  • Physiotherapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Surgery (in more complicated cases)

As mentioned, surgical intervention may be necessary for the implantation of a hip prosthesis. The purpose of surgery is to minimize the pain of the dog and allow it to stop being limp.

How to treat cruciate ligament rupture in dogs

To treat the cruciate ligament rupture in dogs surgery is necessary. There are different techniques in veterinary medicine for the surgical approach to this problem. It is necessary to suture the ligament that has been ruptured. The different types of sutures are:

  • Intra-articular
  • Extra-articular
  • TTA
  • TPLO

Rest time is essential after surgery. This time period varies from case to case but the most common is the animal needing at least 2 months of rest to recover.

How to treat patellar dislocation in dogs

The treatment of patellar dislocation is done through a surgical intervention to reconstruct the trochlear sulcus and ligaments. The recovery period varies from case to case but the average is about 30 days.

How To Treat Arthritis In Dogs

The treatment prescribed by the veterinarian usually consists of the administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. In addition, you can help your dog at home as follows:

  • Moderate physical exercise
  • Put the pot of food and water higher
  • Walk the dog in places with dirt or other soft floors
  • Performing gentle daily massages
  • Never let him sleep on the cold floor or out on a hot walk. The cold greatly increases his pain
  • Diet if he is overweight.

This article is purely informative, in we do not have the capacity to prescribe veterinary treatments nor to make any type of diagnosis. We suggest you bring your pet to the veterinarian in case of any type of condition or malaise.

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