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1- Is the lameness in front or back leg?
2- Any other symptoms?
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I am sorry that your puppy is lame. In response to your question, there are many different types of medical condition that would cause Nautica to limp. It will not be possible for me to pinpoint the exact underlying cause without a hands-on examination and some testing, I am sorry. But, common causes are a soft tissue (muscle, tendon or ligament) injury, disorders affecting the joints, etc. to name a few causes. The fact that you are able to manipulate the limb without any pain response I would place a soft tissue injury high on the list of possible causes. A very common soft tissue injury in dogs is to the cranial cruciate ligament (ACL in humans). I would recommend you rest, no running or jumping. Activity should be limited to urinate and defecate on a leash. Do Not give over the counter pain meds, most are toxic to dogs. If by tomorrow she is still lame I would have her checked by your family veterinarian for an orthopedic examination and prescription pain/anti-inflammatory medication. If she does improve, continue to rest her for the next 3-4 weeks.
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Fantastic, rest her in between now and then; she will be fine.
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