My beagle all of the sudden came up lame on her left front leg. She wanted to play and when we started to run she stopped suddenly and held her left front paw up. She does does not want to walk, but she did not wince in pain, and has not winced in pain. I have examined her paw and ankle and have not seen abnormalities.
Type of Animal: Beagle
Is there any possibility of injury of any kind?Has she been out running or walking on rough surface?Does she now, or has she ever had tick exposure?
Bailey is an inside dog. She is on vectra 3D. Everything seemed fine, normal day until she favored her left front paw. She did have surgery for a ruptured disc last June, the last disc before the tail bone. But she has been normal with no problems since. She is 4yrs old . 28 lbs. ,
Thanks for answering my questions.
Sounds to me like your pup may have stepped or jumped wrong and twisted that leg. Of course, without being able to see the dog in person and take an x-ray, it's pretty much impossible to tell if it's a simple sprain or something more serious. In cases of leg injuries in dogs, especially tenacious breeds and/or hunting breeds, I always recommend seeing your regular vet just to be on the safe side.
That being said, until you can get her in to see a vet, I suggest doing your best to keep her quiet. No running around, definitely no dog park, just outside on a leash to go potty and then back inside. If she's used to being in a kennel/crate, you can keep her in there in an effort to keep her from jumping up on couches or running up and down stairs.
If she seems especially painful, you can give one low dose or child's aspirin, but make sure you give it with some food to avoid stomach upset, and do not give more than one every 12 hours and do not give it for longer than 1 day.
If the leg still seems to get more painful, becomes swollen or if she is unable to bear weight on it, I suggest calling your vet or taking a trip the the nearest emergency vet and having them take a peek at it, just to rule out anything more serious than just a little sprain.
I hope this helps
AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Thank you. She has not winced in pain but is not her normal self. Will be at the vet first thing in the morning, I am worried. I hope she just tweaked a muscle, this is strange. Thanks again.
You're very welcome...I'll keep my fingers crossed for her...and for you!!