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Thread: Suddenly limping on and off... no signs of injury... is he faking it??

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    Default Suddenly limping on and off... no signs of injury... is he faking it??

    Koda suddenly started limping this afternoon. Its on and off, he can easily run around, but when he slows down or stands still he lifts his front left foot up off the ground. When he lays down he starts frantically licking and chewing at his paw and then seems very uncomfortable with that particular foot.

    I've felt all over his paws and up his leg, he shows no signs of pain or discomfort at my touch. No redness, swelling, cuts, grazes, grass seeds, or anything that looks unusual in the slightest. His foot looks completely normal...

    I've come up with 2 theories...

    1. He burned his paw on the concrete in the backyard (It was 40 degrees today and the concrete was hot) you would think he would be smart enough to know not to stand on the concrete long enough to burn his feet though...

    2. He's faking it for some unknown reason....

    He doesn't seem too fussed by it now, but still doesn't quite look as settled as he normally would be...

    I'm just keeping an eye on him for now, but has anyone got any ideas? Do dogs fake limps?

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    I had a dog that faked a limp. WE went camping and he turned his paw in the embers of a camp fire. He got fussed over all fine a couple of days later. A full year later we went back to the same camp site he got out of the car and started limping, the fraud.
    Not the same as your situation. What happens if you squeeze lightly down the leg to the paw does the dog pull away. Thats what happens when Maggie sprained herself. Also a bee sting may not be visible and what you describe is Maggie a few days ago, took ages to find the entry spot.

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    Bee sting was my first thought as soon as I saw him limping. I've squeezed from his shoulder right down to his toes, no reaction. I've checked in between each paw pad, I can't see anything and he doesn't seem to react if I put pressure anywhere in there.

    He seems a lot better now, it's weird.

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    could be hot foot...

    Burns take a while to get over.

    And my dog has no brains about it. Not that I've let her stay out there where it's hot for very long but sometimes - we've had to walk back to the car from the beach and there is some hot bits of sand and she limps when that happens.

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    Yeah he's still lifting his foot occasionally and licking/chewing it when he's laying down. I'm leaning towards thinking its some kind of burn, not a serious one but probably just enough to irritate him... Hmmm... I'll keep an eye on him.

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    wonder if you could ice or cool it a bit somehow. stick his foot in a bucket of cold water for a bit.

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