Leg Pain in Dogs - Symptoms, Causes & Relief
It is not always obvious when your dog is having leg pain. In fact, instinctually dogs are good at hiding their discomfort. This is a behavioral survival mechanism passed down from when dogs descended from wolves in the wild. As a result, we do not always realize that our dogs are suffering until the damage becomes serious. Sometimes leg pain in dogs can be sudden and other times it is a gradual development. Below we discuss common symptoms, causes and relief from this common yet painful problem in our canine friends.
Symptoms of Leg Pain
If your dog appears to be in serious leg pain with an obvious limp, we highly recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian right away. If your dog has a gradual onset limp, this happens slowly over time. Your dog may start by walking more slowly or seem reluctant to do normal activities. Sudden limps happen quickly, and usually occur after an injury or trauma. Sometimes a sharp object may imbed in your dog's paw, or a nail could break and cause pain. Knowing whether or not your dog’s limp is sudden or gradual can help your vet determine possible causes of the limp, and can help you determine if it is an emergency.
If your dog is favoring one leg or limping while walking or running it indicates that he is suffering from pain in a particular leg. Also, a dog suffering from leg pain will often groom his leg excessively. Your dog may seem depressed, have changes in mood and prefer to hide in a safe place.
Get in the habit of watching the way your dog stretches, walks, runs, and jumps. When your pet is healthy your dog’s motions are graceful and balanced. If you pay attention, you will be able to notice subtle symptoms, like stiffness, loss of energy, tenderness, restricted movement, or even a slight change of gait.
Causes of Leg PainThe causes of limping are varied and and with the guidance of a thorough history and physical examination, your vet should be able to help determine the cause of your companion’s pain. By getting a thorough exam, sometimes involving x-rays or various tests your vet may make a professional determination of the cause of leg pain. Limping in dogs may be associated with one or more of the following conditions:
- Joint disease such as arthritis which is associated with degenerative conditions like inflammation
- An infection or infectious condition
- Sprain or fracture
- Muscle inflammation (myositis)
- Nerve injury
- Injury to foot pads or nails
- Foot or toe injury
- Hip dysplasia
- ACL injury
- Luxating Patella
Whatever the cause, remember to give your dog time to rest to aid in recovery, and when possible avoid using pain medications that only cover up the pain and do not treat the cause.
Medication Relief for Leg Pain?
If you give a pain medication to treat your dog’s pain, it is important to know that anti-inflammatory drugs, NSAIDs or pain medications are not a treatment or a cure for your dog's condition. They merely mask the pain.
Medications that are prescribed by a vet such as Galiprant, Tramadol and Prednisone, all have harmful side effects and should only be used in the smallest dose for the shortest period of time to provide your pet with temporary relief. Before deciding to give any of these medications to your dog, please read up on them and the safety risks involved. Actually treating pain as opposed to masking it requires other modalities such as joint supplements, weight loss, exercise and special diets.
Here is a video from Dr. David Randall from Naples, Florida, one of the state’s top veterinarians, giving a detailed response to a question regarding medications used to treat pain in dogs:
Natural Remedies for Leg Pain in Dogs
If you are looking for an all-natural remedy for joint issues we encourage you to try our joint supplement. Flexpet has been carefully formulated to help with joint pain and inflammation in pets - without side effects or the use of prescription medication. Supplements take a little more time to build up in your pet and to see results, and in order to maintain health should be taken daily.
Flexpet is the only pet product on the market to use CM8 (Cetyl Myristoleate), which was discovered by a researcher at the NIH and is clinically proven for joint pain relief. It also has multiple patents for the treatment of arthritis in mammals.
Flexpet also contains:
GLUCOSAMINE SULFATE POTASSIUM: A naturally occurring chemical found in mammals that reduces stiffness, joint swelling and osteoarthritis related pain. Glucosamine plays a key role in cartilage construction and the incorporation of sulfur into cartilage.
MSM (METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE): MSM is a sulfur compound that occurs naturally in plants and animals. Sulfur is needed by the body to form connective tissue. The MSM in Flexpet products has been specially formulated to increase the absorption rate of sulfur.
HYDROLYZED COLLAGEN TYPE II: This is an ingredient found in cartilage, the connective tissue that cushions the joints. Collagen is made of amino acids (the building blocks of protein) and it is used in an effort to protect and rebuild joint cartilage.
BROMELAIN: An enzyme found naturally in pineapple is used to reduce swelling especially after surgery or injury. It has also been shown to reduce sinus inflammation.
ENZYME BLEND: Digestion is dependent on enzymes produced naturally by the body. Larger molecules like Cetyl Myristoleate require more effort for the body to digest and absorb. Our natural enzyme blend is a complex proteinaceous substance used to induce and accelerate reactions necessary for metabolism.
Both our chewable tablets and soft chews are designed to nourish the joints, support stronger cartilage, stimulate the lubricating fluid in the joints, and increase mobility as well as reduce pain and inflammation.
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