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Hello,

My 8 year old dog all of the sudden was limping this morning. He was fine yesterday, but was running around a lot and I'm wondering if he might have pulled something? I checked his paws and toenails as he often bites his toenails and thought maybe that might be causing it. I would say it's a mild limp. All he wants to do is lay down and I wanted to see if anyone else has had this happen? Did you take them to the vet right away? Is there any kind of compress I could put to help him?

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Natalie
 

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Make sure nothing is stuck there. Not long ago I had the same thing happen. It was a really tiny thorn, I pulled it out and the dog stopped limping.
 

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He may have twisted it? Or maybe arthritis?

If he wants to lay down then let him. he's just self limiting because it hurts. You can alternate heat and ice compresses.

I would not give a senior dog any anti inflammatory or painkiller without input from a vet.
 

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At 8, you have a dog who is now technically a "senior." I would xray a new, sudden limp in a senior dog. It's an age where arthritis starts. Some older dogs are also prone to injuries. Early xrays will give you a baseline to track potential arthritic degeneration in later years, if needed.

Sometimes, though, a sudden limp at that age can be something much worse than arthritis -- osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in my old guy started as a "new" limp on a leg he never previously had problems with.

I think the best course is to go to the vet for an ortho exam, and probably xray to know what you are dealing with. If it's arthritis, there's a wealth of experience in the archives about how to keep him comfortable.
 

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Thank you everyone for the suggestions. If it's not better by tomorrow we are going to take him to the vet. He's resting now so that's good.
 

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You could try a rimadyl if you have any on hand. It's like the dog version of ibuprofen for us.
My old girl limped on her front paw for a few days after romping in the back yard (she forgets her age!) and the vet examined it and declared it to be a bit of arthritis in her "wrist". There's a lot of small bones in their so they can injure it pretty easily if they aren't used to running around like puppies!
 

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Does she lick her front paws a lot? That is a sign of arthritis.
 
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