Seeing your dog limping in pain is never a pleasant sight. There are lots of reasons as to why your Beagle is limping and not knowing if the situation is serious or not can be frightening.
We love our dogs and seeing them in any pain or discomfort is painful to us as well.
What to Do When Your Beagle Starts Limping
The first reaction that most people have is to stop the dog and inspect what’s wrong right away – however that’s not what you should do. Dogs that are threatened or are in great pain are very likely to bite you if you mess with them. Even if you are their owner and they love you, they still can snap at you. Don’t take it personally, it’s just their instinct.
So instead just try to observe the Beagle’s leg at first.
- Does it look like he is great pain?
- Can you spot any bruises or bites on the limping leg?
- Is there any blood on the leg or the ground around him?
- Do you notice any swelling or difference in size of the hurt leg?
Answers to these questions will give you a better idea of what happened and what you should do next. Just be very careful when approaching the dog. If possible put a muzzle on him or have someone hold him to prevent him from biting you.
If you have any suspicion that this is serious or unsure about how to approach the situation, call a veterinarian’s office for help.
Causes for Limping
Seeing a Beagle limping won’t give you much information as to what happened. Limping only means that it’s uncomfortable for him to put weight on that leg.
Spotting a Broken or Fractured Leg
Unfortunately there is no sure way to tell if the dog’s leg is broken or not. The only sure way to figure out if the bone is broken or fractured is with an x-ray. However if you see that the dog is in terrible pain or can’t put any pressure on the leg without whimpering then take him to a vet or animal hospital right away.
Broken or split nail
This is a very common problem, especially for dogs with long nails. Look at the Beagles nails to see if any of them are turned, bent or even missing. Sometimes the nail is just cracked and not fully detached so you will have to examine each nail to see if this is the case.
Bites or bruises
If you see an open wound, it’s a good idea to take the Beagle to a vet for further examination. Open wounds can easily get infected so the leg will need to be cleaned, disinfected and bandaged until it heals. If an infection does happen then the Beagle will be given antibiotics.
Splinter or a Small Cut
This type of problem is usually the easiest to fix and doesn’t require a visit to the vet if you can take care of it on your own. Pull out the splinter while someone is holding the dog and then clean the area. Don’t allow him to lick the spot too much to prevent an infection.
Rash Between Toes
This can be caused from a yeast infection in the paw pad. However it’s more commonly caused from walks that went on too long or the Beagle licking the area too much because it itched. If it smells foul or looks infected, take the dog to a vet. If it doesn’t look too bad and you don’t see any swelling, you can wait and let it heal on its own. Just be sure to check it regularly to see if it’s getting better. If it starts to get worse, you notice swelling or the area looks infected – take the Beagle to see a veterinarian.
Call your veterinarian for help or to schedule appointment right away if:
- Your dog growls or snaps at you while you try to inspect his leg
- You don’t feel comfortable enough to examine the leg on your own
- You notice puss, foul smelling odor or swelling
- Your Beagle was bitten by another animal
- The dog is in great pain
- He loses his appetite or is always depressed
- You can’t figure out the cause of his limping
- You have any concerns or questions
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