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Dog limping.

Species: Dog
Breed: Alaskan Husky
Age: 5-8 years
My dog just started having pain today. We took him on a particularly long walk yesterday and I thought he might be having joint pain, but he actually seems better when we take him out to walk. Also, sometime last week he found something "crunchy" on the ground to eat, I couldn't get him to drop it, but I thought it might be a chicken bone.

I gave him 2 asprin, but they didn't seem to help.

The spot just behind the top of his front legs, over his ribs, the muscle there is quivering sometimes and when I touch it he crys like it hurts.

I don't know if this should require a vet visit. I think if he is not better by tomorrow I will take him.

Thanks.


Online vet, Dr. Marie

Dr. Marie replied:

It's always hard to know if a lameness is a serious issue or not.

Generally here are my criteria for a vet visit with a limping dog:


  • If the dog seems extremely uncomfortable and can't get settled then a vet visit is necessary right away.

  • If there is absolutely no improvement in 24-48 hours.

  • If the limp is slowly improving but still hasn't resolved in a week.



I don't usually recommend giving aspirin to dogs for pain as sometimes it can cause stomach or kidney problems. Also if a dog has been given aspirin then it may mean that the vet won't be able to prescribe a better anti-inflammatory until the aspirin is out of his system.

I hope everything is ok!

Dr. Marie.

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