Mon, Apr 1, 2024

My dog brooks was playing outside yesterday and started limping. He is still limping and not putting weight on his one foot.

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Given that Brooks was playing outside when this occurred, it's possible he may have stepped on something sharp, twisted his leg awkwardly, or even suffered a strain or sprain while running or jumping.

For now, it's important to restrict Brooks's activity to prevent further injury. Keep him indoors or in a confined space where he can't run or jump.

And check his joints and bones(especially the patellar). If his joints are swollen and hot, it can be a ligament injury or a fracture. In this case, you should visit a nearby vet for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

If there is no abnormality in the range of joint movement of him, and there is no doubt of a fracture, it may be a simple sprain.

For the first two to three days, massage the area with an ice pack, and if the symptoms improve, massage the joints or muscles with a warm towel afterward.

Other signs that would warrant a visit to a veterinary hospital include:

- Visible deformities in the limb or foot
- Excessive swelling that does not improve with rest and cold therapy
- A wound that is bleeding or appears deep
- If he becomes lethargic, refuses to eat, or shows other changes in behavior

If Brooks's condition does not improve or worsens, or if you notice any of the more serious symptoms mentioned above, it will be necessary to seek veterinary care for a thorough examination, which may include imaging like X-rays to diagnose the problem accurately.

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