Sores on dog's leg.
Age: 2-5 years
My dog recently got theses two sores on her back leg, one bigger than the other. Its not itchy or irritating it seems to her but now all of a sudden she doesn’t want to walk and if she does she is very slow moving and limping. When she is standing she has her back raised like a scared cat and she is constantly shaking. I thought it might be ringworm but don’t know why it would make her not move. I haven’t taken her to the vet yet, any suggestion before I do?
Dr. Marie replied:
Sorry to hear that Kammo is not feeling well.
It's always hard to help with skin problems without being able to see the dog.
My first thought was that what you were describing was a hot spot which is a localized skin infection. However, usually these are really itchy, so this is not likely to be the case.
If she is painful, it is possible that this is more serious than a skin problem. It's possible that she has a fracture on the hind leg. Or, she could have cellulitis which is a painful muscle infection.
In any case, this does not sound like a simple problem that will go away on its own. I would highly recommend having your vet take a look as soon as possible.
Hope all is well!
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