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When your dog suddenly becomes lame

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
posted by Jim Murphy

Injuries to a dogs hind legs can vary in severity.  Trauma to a dog’s leg can occur suddenly after a fall, car accident, blunt force or animal bites. The dog will suddenly become lame and require immediate treatment. If you notice that your dog is having trouble walking and did not suffer any of the things mentioned above, more serious conditions such as hip dysplasia and osteosarcoma (bone cancer)  can be the cause. It’s very important that you get him to a vet right away. There is also a possibility that he may have a clot in his leg. This is a life threatening condition that requires  immediate medical attention. Several years ago, my older cat, Mollie suddenly had trouble walking. I immediately called my vet and after I described in detail  her symptoms, he told me that she may have a blood clot and to get her in immediately to be checked. Luckily this was not the case but it’s really important the you do not delay treatment. Every minute counts!

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