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My dog started limping and it's her front leg, what can I

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My dog started limping and it's her front leg, what can I give her to relieve the limp. I have been giving her baby aspirin
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern for Samantha. If she's only been limping for a day or so, then it's possible that she's suffered a sprain or strain and will improve with rest (leash walk her only when she's outside) and appropriate drugs.

I often suggest over the counter Aspirin as long as the patient isn't vomiting nor currently taking steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Most owners tend to underdose their dogs, however, when they give Aspirin. The dose I recommend is 10 mgs per pound of body weight twice a day with food, to avoid stomach upset. For example, if Samantha weighs 40-50 lbs, then her dose would be a 1-1.5 of a full strength, 325 mg tablet twice a day. A baby aspirin at 81 mg isn't likely to be strong enough so you could increase her dose if that's what you've been giving her.

If she's not showing improvement in 2-3 days or worsens, then a vet visit may be prudent.

I hope this helps. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 1 year ago.

Hello again.

I'm just following up on Samantha. How is she doing? Deb