What to do if you have a limping dog. First let's see if it's the foot or the knee. If you think you may be facing a canine cruciate ligament often that can be healed with homeopathy without surgery.
of all, don’t panic. I’ve had my dogs yelp and stop walking on a foot for several reasons. Usually it's a very minor problem.
Keep in mind that sometimes dogs are like kids. If you show a lot of worry, it affects them. They might even limp more! (Cute little buggers.)
Like us, they can step on something irritating. While those feet are pretty tough, when something gets up in between the toes where it’s soft, it can hurt. I’ve pulled pebbles, twigs and even seen a yellow jacket come flying out from that tender little spot.
Rocks and twigs once removed stop a dog from limping immediately, but a bee sting will not. One of my favorite cures is pure edible peppermint oil because it immediately draws the poison out (but you have to get it on immediately).
And the homeopathic remedy, Ledum Pal. 30X is awesome. It’s great for all kinds of bites, stings and minor puncture wounds and one dose will do it.
If your canine doesn't want you looking between his toes, use the bribe method. Make him lie down while holding a delicious treat. While it looks goofy, what works for me is to put the treat in my mouth (while trying NOT to taste it). That way he's looking at me and focusing on my face (treats) instead of my two free hands spreading his toes. Using a flashlight helps if you have a pup with dark tootsies.
More often than not, whatever is bothering him or her will go away within a few minutes to a few hours. Sometimes you may be surprised. One icy winter day, my fourteen year old decided to run full tilt around the yard. The poor guy hit the ice so fast he did a scramble, twist and flip like the cartoon Scoobie Doo and landed against a cyclone fence. When he got up he was walking on three legs.
Worried about my old man I gave him a dose of homeopathic Arnica 9C for simple trauma, including bruising, sprains and muscular aches.
A few hours later, he was walking on it but I still offered massages which I know he appreciated. Within 24 hours he was his cheerful energetic self again.
When I first read this term I wondered what the heck it was. I know what a ligament and I assumed it was a dog knee ligament is but I don’t use the word cruciate in my vocabulary so I looked it up. Ohhh, I thought to myself, it’s an ACL tear in dogs! Now I get it. And I remember my son’s wonderful Kurby was a limping dog until he had surgery.
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