Puppy affected by lameness
Limping is an expression of pain and something you should be extra vigilant about and take seriously. Of course, limping is always important to take seriously. Be extra observant when it comes to growing dogs, especially you who have an individual of a larger breed.
There are many different reasons why puppies or young dogs suffer from lameness, it could be due to playing rough, damaging the paw or a claw, or in worse cases a fracture. A further reason why you, as a young dog owner, should be extra vigilant if your dog has a limp, is because there are some individuals who can suffer from growth disorders in the joints. These are of course important to detect and diagnose early, so that the right treatment can be put in place at an early stage.
If your puppy is lame, we recommend that you start by gently feeling and squeezing your puppy on the leg it is lame on, compare it to the other healthy leg and see if you notice any difference. You should then contact your vet for advice ahead of a most likely veterinary visit to pinpoint the pain.
Feed your growing dog a properly adjusted diet and make sure to avoid your dog becoming overweight. Being overweight increases the strain on joints and the entire musculoskeletal system. Be aware if your puppy or young dog is lame and always contact a vet if the lameness does not go away immediately.
As a Lassie insurance customer, you always have free calls to FirstVet where you can go for a consultation.