I have a 5 yr old Boxer that plays hard and its been a week that she is limping, she can put pressure on it but still limps. It seems to be worse when she rests for a period of time. I looked at her leg and tried to see if she had pain but i get nothing.
Have you checked her feet? Boxers are so active that quite often they will tear a toenail out or rip a dew claw out. They also get lacerations on the pads of their feet, because they seem to run everywhere. Check her feet and between her toes. If you see nothing, then take her to the vet. She could have another hidden injury, or even arthritis. But the vet needs to examine her.
If it's been a week and she is still limping, then I would take her to the vet. She could have pulled a muscle, or hurt the pad on her foot. I really don't know much about boxers, I have a Mini-Dachshund and a Beagle-pitbull mix , but my daughter has 3 boxers and this is what she suggested. It is probably not anything too serious. Is she still playing? Is she eating normal and acting normal , besides the limping,?
I hope she is feeling better soon. :)
I have 2 Boxers and the two year old female boxer Ayla, who has the same type of problem. I am fairly knowledgeable about canine injuries and have tried everything to figure out exactly what it is with no luck.
The first time it happened she had been playing very rough with another one of my dogs that is a herding dog who I think grabbed her by the leg. Ayla doesn't know when to stop and it is hard to keep her quiet for long so now she re-injures the same leg. The last time she limped for only a few days.
They are so muscular with no fat and yet they are quite heavy dogs and with such slender legs that I can see how this type of injury could be quite common.
I wouldn't worry overly about it unless she seems to be fussing about the leg. Try to keep her from being too active for awhile (good luck with that lol) and check the leg daily for any signs of trouble. Massaging it a few times a day will help it heal faster if it is just a sprain or strain.
If she is still limping in another week maybe call the vet's and see what they think.
Be sure you carefully check between the toes and under the dew claw, if it wasn't removed. Usually they remove it when they do the ears.
One of our dogs used to pull up lame. Shin splints. Dogs seem to be in incredible pain before they whine and hide. Another thing to look at is the entire leg up to the hip or shoulder. There could be a tumor that is interfering. Many are fatty and benign. Some are aggressive and grow quickly. Another dog had that. Then another had hip dysplasia. That does cause arthritis in young dogs and a continued source of pain. Be sure the breeder hears about it if that occurs.
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