Nature created a dog with four limbs and normally the animal stands firmly on its paws. If a pet dog tucks a paw under, it is not coquetry on its part or an endeavor to take a dance position of some kind. It is an evidence of some or other disruption of the functioning of the limb. It is not only characteristic in certain breeds. When a dog tucks its front paw under, it acquires its hunting stance, preparing to chase the prey.
Of course, when you first see the tucked paw of the pet, you should not run to the vet in panic that very moment. In some situations, the owner can help its dog without special assistance. These are most common causes of the condition Splinter, cut, scuffed skin. Walking along the most uncomfortable terrain may hurt and cut soft pads. Glass fragments, small stones, thin chips can get under the skin and it is quite a common occurrence. Tweezers and some disinfectant will help with the problem. Carefully remove the foreign object, tend to the wound, – and the problem is solved.
Dry skin on dog’s pads. The condition depends on the nutrition and location, in which the pet lives and walks. The first signs of the condition is that the dog begins to limp on his front paw. Cracked soles of the extremities has to be treated several times with common soothing ointment: baby cream, lotions for hands or feet. Avoid walking with the dog long on a stony surface and add vitamins to its diet to increase the elasticity of the skin.
Injection has hit a wrong spot. Often the owners has to administer themselves the necessary shots to their pets. Unsuccessful drug administration causes pain, but it is a temporary condition. You can sooth it by gently massaging the injection site or making a cool compress. And, if possible, contact a specialist for such procedures.
Cold. At low temperatures, the pet’s soles freeze, and it naturally tries to warm them, pressing alternately upwards. When being exposed to strong cold, the dog’s paw swells and reddens.
If the dog guardian can cope with a microtrauma himself, the problem of a broken claw has to be solved professionally. Such a condition is extremely painful for the dog, the excruciating discomfort causes the dog to press its paw to its body and whine. The damaged claw has to be removed under anesthesia. The procedure is followed by the application of a tight bandage and administration of hemostatic agents.
Sometimes there are no objective reasons for the dog to be refraining from stepping on its limbs: there are no visible injuries or disruptions. Such situations are much more serious and require careful observation of the behavior of the four-legged friend. The problem may be accompanied by one or more symptoms:
- There line of the hind limbs is unclear.
- The dog is limping on its hind legs.
- Reduces appetite in a pet or even complete refusal to food.
- Shivering, fever, whining.
This be the case, show the pet to the doctor as soon as may be! Things can get quite serious:
- Rickets – a puppy disease. It causes the deformation of the joints, violation of the setting of the limbs, limits motor activity.
- Dislocation of a joint – often occurs in young animals after an unsuccessful jump. The dog tucks its front paw under after sleeping, it is clearly limping – these are clear signs enough. In any case, you will need an x-ray examination.
- Fracture – an injured leg is hanging, it swells, the dog whines from pain, may become aggressive.
- Myositis is an excess of lactic acid in the muscles due to intense physical exertion that leads to unpleasant nagging pain after the rest. When moving, discomfort is reduced.
- Arthritis is a painful condition when animal’s joints literally get “twisted”. Arthritis, especially complicated by an infection, may even be accompanied by the growth of a tumor.
- Infections are common after tick attacks. The swollen limb joints ache and bring lots of discomfort to the animal.
- Canine distemper is a terrible pathology, extremely contagious and unpredictable. Even when the lethargic outcome can be avoided, the risk of paralysis is very high.
- Intervertebral hernia, osteochondrosis is a frequent problem in breeds with long backs. If there are problems with the spinal column, the dog starts tucking its hind legs, arches its back in an unnatural way, and whines from pain.
Congenital anomalies can also cause the dog to tuck its paws under. For example, one leg is shorter than the rest. Or a short tendon does not allow the pet to straighten the limb properly, etc.
With the signs of reluctance of stepping on a paw in the animal, it is important to carefully check it up for the causes of the strange behavior. The “heal like a dog” principle can lead to dramatic consequences. Be sure to seek medical advice in time and provide your four-legged friend with all necessary care.