Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Labrador Retriever favoring his leg

Subject: Labrador Retriever favoring his leg.

From: Emily (Canada)

Labrador Retriever Name: Rollie

Reader's e-mail - Emily Writes:

I've noticed that my six year old Labrador Retriever is favoring his left leg by not putting any weight on it. He did not have this problem yesterday nor did he have it this morning when he awoke. He played most of the day in the yard and played in our home this afternoon.

Rollie does not seem to be in pain, is not whining but is favoring it. I don't know what we should do. Please give us ideas. Thank you,

Rollie and Emily

All About Labradors Answer:

Hello Emily, thank you for writing and visiting the All About Labradors blog. I'm sorry to hear about Rollie's problem.

The information given here is to help you learn more about your Labrador Retriever and not to replace your veterinarian's advice or other professional advice. Disclaimer

This could be many things and a tough one without me seeing Rollie.

Here are some possibilities of what may be causing Rollie's limping and what to check for:

Soft tissue or muscle damage may have occurred.

Meniscal Injury


Rollie could have torn an ACL (quite common in dogs) which would require surgery.

Check his paws for thorns, stickers and lacerations.

Check for overgrown or overly short toenails.

Check leg and joints thoroughly for bumps, bruises, heat or pain.

This is just a partial list off the top of my head as there could be other ailments. My recommendations to you is that since your e-mail letter is two days old, if Rollie is still favoring the leg I would take him to your veterinarian to get checked.

Please keep me updated on Rollie's condition!

Take care of yourself and Rollie,


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