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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: 12 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 12 months 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 12 months ago.

Hello again.

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

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