Dear VetBabble: My Canine Friend is Refusing to Stand or Walk Due to Back Leg Pain. What Should I Do?
A Closer Look at Canine Leg Pain
First off, thank you for reaching out about your 70-lb furry friend’s back leg pain. Sudden discomfort in a pet’s limb can indeed be alarming, and your concern is completely justified. Given the symptoms you’ve presented, it could be a range of issues, including something as common as a strain from over-exuberance during playtime, or perhaps something more serious such as chances of Lyme Disease.
However, without performing a proper examination, it’s hard to draw a definitive conclusion. For this reason, taking your pet to the vet at your earliest convenience is crucial. Although, if no other symptoms follow, standing by until the morning may be alright. Should you notice any advancement or change in your dog’s condition, don’t hesitate to contact the emergency vet.
Recognizing Additional Symptoms
It’s important as a pet owner to recognize any sudden changes in your dog’s behavior or physical health. In addition to lameness or refusal to stand or walk, other symptoms may accompany your dog’s discomfort. Does your dog have a change in appetite? Is there any noticeable weight loss? Is your dog suddenly lethargic or sleeping more than usual? Are there any signs of limping?
If your dog is limping, there could be many underlying reasons. To learn more, you may want to look at our article on Why Is My Dog Limping? When to Worry and What to Do. The article delves deeper, providing an informative guide about causes of limping in dogs, what to worry about, and actions to take.
Preventing Future Health Issues
In a bid to prevent future bouts of discomfort, it’s not just about treating the symptoms, but also about understanding preventive measures that can be taken against common canine diseases. Diseases like heartworm, Lyme disease, and tick-borne illnesses can cause similar symptoms to what you’ve described. Here, preventive medication plays a major role in ensuring your dog remains protected.
A great place to start will be knowing more about How do I know if My Dog has Heartworm?. Familiarize yourself also with our helpful guide on Flea and Tick Control for Dogs to protect your pet from flea-related diseases and ticks that spread Lyme disease.
In conclusion, your dog’s health and comfort are of utmost priority. While it’s not uncommon for dogs to experience occasional discomfort, especially as they age, persistent or debilitating pain should always be evaluated by a vet. Remember, early detection and preventive measures are your best allies in ensuring your furry friend’s healthy and happy life.