Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions
Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- How old is your puppy?
2- Is he limping from the front or back leg?
Please give me a few minutes to type your answer. Thank you.
Friend, I am sorry your puppy is limping. In response to your question, if you are not seeing any swelling or abnormality in the limb and he is not reacting upon manipulating the limb it is likely that he has a soft tissue (muscle, tendon or ligament) injury. Sometimes, however, there could be a very small fracture that is not evident upon palpation. If he has a soft tissue injury he would need rest and pain medication. Unfortunately, there is nothing over the counter that I can recommend for you to give a 13-week old puppy. I would recommend a hands-on examination with the family veterinarian. Your vet will start him on prescription medication. In addition, they may do X-rays to rule out a fracture. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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