Just like humans, dogs sometimes break bones, sprain muscles, slip discs, or tear ligaments, all of which can lead to the sudden onset of limping or movement difficulties.
Like us, dogs limp for a variety of reasons. Unlike us, dogs can’t tell us what happened or where it hurts using words, leaving us struggling to figure it out for ourselves.
Your most valuable resource for determining the cause of your dog’s limp is your veterinarian. Before calling to make an appointment, however, most of us want to know a little bit about the common causes of limping in dogs, what to expect from a veterinary visit, and when limping is a veterinary emergency.
Here (continue in next page) is a list of some of the likely causes of dog limping: