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My dogs limping on her back legs and im not sure why, she went out bike ride with my

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my dogs limping on her back legs and im not sure why, she went out for a bike ride with my partner yesterday it was about 2 hours altogether (she often does this but normally just for an hour or so) butt they stopped for breaks too. when she got home she was knackered, she went out in the garden and jump up a little wall (she does this everytime she goes out there) but caught her two back legs where she didnt judge it properly. its been nearly 24hours but she is struggling to walk.. i dont no if its because shes aching from
the bike ride or if she has done some damage buy knocking her legs on the wall..
sorry for the essay lol, thanks for any help
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I'm Dr. Deb. I'll do my best to help you today.
I'm sorry for this concern for Candy.
It's certainly possible that either the bike ride or injury sustained from hitting the wall could explain her behavior. Muscle soreness secondary to sprains/strains or pulled muscles/ligaments are common causes of lameness in our dogs especially if they overdo it.
Of course, there could be other possible explanations as well such as tick bourne diseases or even Leptospirosis (if present where you live).
But, if her temperature is normal (between 100 and 102.5) and she's eating and drinking, then these other conditions are less likely.
Problems with her spine could also affect two legs at one time which might be a more serious issue although it would take an MRI to definitely diagnose such a problem.
If she's not vomiting nor currently taking any steroid or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication, then over the counter Aspirin can be given at a dose of 10 mg per pound of body weight twice a day with food to avoid stomach upset.
This drug not only has anti-inflammatory properties but anti-pain ones as well which may be of benefit.
My only hesitation about its use would be that it might interfere with what your vet would want to prescribe if she has to be seen.
In most cases, dogs with soft tissue injuries will start to show improvement within a short period of time; however, if she continues to struggle to walk and/or she's running a fever and/or she doesn't want to eat, then a vet visit may be prudent.
I hope this helps. Deb
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 2 years ago.
Hi Sam,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Candy. How is everything going?

Dr. Deb