Q. Limping , favoring one hind leg

Mon, Jul 10, 2023

Since last month my dog has had an issue with her back hind leg. We haven’t taken her to the Vet because after a couple days it seems to go away, but it seems like it’s gotten worse. My dog is limping and favoring her back left leg. She hasn’t been yelping in pain or anything and there’s no swelling or open wound. Last night after her walk, she refused to go up the stairs to come inside. It took a lot of convincing. It looks like she’s not bending her back right knee when she’s walk so she sort of look like she’s hopping. Every time this comes about it’s always the same back left leg.
What are causes & treatment?

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Dr. Fanconi

I understand that your dog has been experiencing issues with her hind leg, specifically her back left leg, for about a month now.

There could be several possible causes for your dog's symptoms. It's important to remember that I cannot provide a definitive diagnosis without physically examining your dog, but I can offer some insights into potential explanations.

One possibility is that your dog has suffered a soft tissue injury, such as a strain or sprain in her hind leg. These types of injuries can cause limping and discomfort. Another possibility is arthritis, which is common in older dogs and can cause stiffness and difficulty with certain movements.

Another potential cause could be a neurological issue, such as a pinched nerve or a disc problem in the spine. These conditions can lead to weakness or loss of coordination in the affected leg. Lastly, there could be an underlying orthopedic issue, such as a ligament tear or joint problem, which may require further evaluation and treatment.

While it's important to monitor your dog's condition at home, I would strongly recommend taking her to a veterinarian for a thorough examination.

In the meantime, you can take some steps to help manage her symptoms at home. Provide her with a comfortable and padded resting area to minimize pressure on her joints. Avoid strenuous activities or exercises that may exacerbate her condition. If she is overweight, maintaining a healthy body weight can help reduce stress on her joints. You may also consider applying a cold compress to the affected leg for short periods of time to help reduce inflammation and provide some relief.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.