Frenchies are amazing dogs but they can develop certain health issues. One common problem seen in Frenchies is limping. But how do you know when your Frenchie’s limping is something to worry about?
Is your Frenchie limping? Are you worried he may have a serious injury, but you’re not sure? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it’s not always easy to determine when to call the vet.
We’ve put together some information about Frenchies and the issues that may cause them to limp. You’ll also find tips on how to help your dog. Let’s get started!
Why is my Frenchie Limping?
The most common causes of limping in French Bulldogs include muscle strain, damage to ligaments or tendons, or soft tissue injuries. Your dog may develop these injuries after jumping or running. In that case, your Frenchie may be limping right afterward.
However, there are other causes of limping in Frenchies, including:
- Broken toenails or claws
- Splinters or foreign objects in the paws
- Insect stings
- And more
How to Help Your Frenchie
If your Frenchie is limping, see if you can determine the cause. For instance, was your Frenchie trying to play Superman and took a flying leap off the couch? If so, he may have landed in a way that caused an injury.
Be sure to check your fur baby’s paws. Is anything caught in his paw pads or between his toes? This could be a splinter, a sticker, or another foreign object.
Next, check to see if your Frenchie shows any signs of swelling in his paws, and front or back legs. When you touch these areas, does he cry or wince?
For dogs that seem to be in pain, have swelling, or have done something crazy like jumping or running, it’s best to call the vet.
If you find a splinter or other foreign object in your dog’s paws and can’t remove it, be sure to call the vet.
And if you’re worried about your dog’s limping, it’s a good idea to call the vet. Don’t wait to see if your Frenchie’s symptoms improve or worsen. He’s in pain and needs to see the vet right away.
Treatment of Limping in Frenchies
Treatment depends on the vet’s diagnosis of your Frenchie’s limping. In some cases, for injuries that are strains, the vet may prescribe an anti-inflammatory medication that also reduces pain. They may also recommend not taking your dog on long walks until he’s fully recovered.
For other causes of limping, treatment will vary. The main takeaway is to ensure your Frenchie sees the vet if he’s in pain and showing other symptoms with his limping.
For simple injuries, the vet can have your Frenchie up and at it again soon. Just be sure to follow the vet’s guidance, and your fur baby will be running about once again!