Arthritis and Your Dog's Limp
When I first met my dog, I noticed he limped just a little bit. After close examination, I thought it was just that he hadn't had his nails clipped in a long time. Shadow was six then. He had been a trucking dog, climbing in and out of semis constantly.
When the nail clipping didn't do the trick, we made the assumption that maybe he had hurt his foot in the past. I had no information on the first owners at the time and Shadow had recently been my ex-boyfriend's dog. In fact, we didn't even have shot records.
Walking Shadow, when I lived in Alabama on the beach of the ulf of Mexico, didn't seem to bother him at all. I completely forgot about the limp until we moved back to Michigan. Slowly his limp got worse. Finally, it got to the point we couldn't walk him more than 20 yards or so before his limp was so pronounced that he wanted to go home.
About a week ago, I took him to the vet. I figured he would tell me that Shadow had broken his foot when he was a pup or he had a piece of glass in his paw. However, Dr. Hart told me he had ligament and tendon damage from the high impact of jumping out of my ex's semi. He also told me Shadow had arthritis. He sold me something called Zoom treats for dogs and recommended I give Shadow them twice a day as well as aspirin.
Amazingly in a week's time, Shadow is walking three to four times what he did in the past before we even notice a limp. The dramatic limp seems to almost be gone.
My advice to you is if your dog is limping on one of his front paws, talk to your vet!