Bo came in from playing in the yard today, he is limping on his left front paw. We got him to lay down (of course tail wagging violently), so I'm guessing he isn't in dire pain... Anyway, we checked his paw, felt our way up his arm, and the elbow, all "seems" fine, of course we do not have xray vision. He showed no signs of discomfort when we were feeling around, could he have just sprained his paw? Should we wait 24 hours before getting him to the vet?
Put an ice pack on it for 20 minutes three or four times a day for a couple of days. Restrict his movement to only going to the bathroom. Is he able to put weight on it? If so wait a couple of days. Even if he is symptom free I would limit him to just walks for about a week. It's easier to be safe than sorry.
yes rest it.
I say rest three times as many days as it takes for the limp to go away. I had to do this with my six month old fireball, rough week and a half but good training for him to learn he doesn't always have to be on the move
Please excuse me for hijaking on this thread but my 6 month old has started limping too after some swimming and hard play. He doesn't show it hardly except when he gets up from a nap or sleep, then he will limp for a few steps on his right front leg. Also he is ultra active always wanting to run and play. It's been a few days now and I worry about it.
I think given your pups age, you should get to a vet ASAP.Originally Posted by addecus
I agree 10000 %Originally Posted by garthc
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I agree. DO NOT ignore a problem and 'rest up' a breeder friend of mine is kicking herself for not getting her 5 month old puppy in for a minor limp, now she's been diagnosed with a fracture that has been healing for 3 weeks, and needs to be rebroken.
Don't ignore it. You have no idea what is wrong in there.
Koa got up with no noticable limp today.Vet saw him this am and checked him out. Said to rest a week and see if it improves. If not come in for Xrays. It's so hard to keep him from jumpin upon and off the bed, scootin thru the halls and up and down the stairs. If kept in his crate during the day he cries and whimpers. I'll try my best. Thanks for all your help. PS after searching this forum, I'm amazed at the amount of our Labs that have a limping episode.