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5 Common Causes of Limping in Dogs

Posted October 19, 2015 in Dog Diseases & Conditions A-Z

Limping and lameness in dogs are generally associated with one or more of the following:

  • Muscle sprain or strain
  • Contusion/bruise
  • Inflammation of a tendon (tendonitis)
  • Inflammation of the muscle (myositis)
  • Nerve injury
  • Injury to the foot (such as wounds, lacerations or foreign bodies
  • Injuries or diseases of pads or nails
  • Primary bone diseases such as fractures, tumors and inflammatory conditions such as panosteitis
  • Joint diseases associated with degenerative conditions, inflamatory or infectious conditions or congenital diseases

Five common joint diseases in dogs
When researchers conducted a large study of purebred and crossbreed dogs with inherited conditions, diagnosed over a 15-year period. They found 10 genetic disorders as being more likely to occur in purebred dogs. The study is posted on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website. Of these 10 disorders, I recognized some as orthopedic conditions that I knew to have commonly occurred in my own patients:

1. Elbow dysplasia
This condition occurs most often in purebred dogs, and involves multiple, developmental anomalies of the cubital joint.

[Learn more about elbow dysplasia here.]

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Mike has more than 35 years of experience in companion animal veterinary practice and is a valued member of IDEXX’s Pet Health Network team since 2013.