Have you ever encountered situations that have led you to ask yourself these questions: my dog does not want to walk and cries or why is my cat crawling and not walking? It is very striking to see that our furry friends, with what they like, are unable to run, or begin to complain when they start their movements. Let's look at some possible reasons so you can find out why my dog walks and sits, or why my dog can't move and cries when trying.
Reasons why your dog does not want to walk
Canine arthritis and osteoarthritis
"My dog you don't want to walk; does something hurt?"
The first answer that comes to mind for almost all of us who know well the physiognomy of our best friends is arthritis or osteoarthritis.
Both conditions are degenerative in nature and consist of joint inflammation, caused by a progressive deterioration of the cartilage that forms part of the joints. The pain causes the dog to stop walking little by little, and complain every time it tries to do so.
It is a very common ailment in elderly dogs , and also widespread in overweight dogs. As a result of being immobilized, the dog will begin to suffer from muscle atrophy, making it increasingly difficult for him to move.
The solution involves rehabilitation sessions together with the administration of anti-inflammatories such as
Dysplasia is a disease that mainly affects large and elderly dogs, and is very common in breeds such as Labrador, Golden Retriever and German Shepherd. It consists of a deformation of the head of the femur and the acetabulum (the hole where the femur sits in the pelvis), in a way that prevents normal play of the joint.
Dogs suffering from dysplasia present distinct difficulties in getting up and walking, due to pain coming from a joint that is not working as it should.
To treat dysplasia, preventive surgery is usually used in dogs predisposed to suffer from it in the future, without forgetting veterinary treatment based on chondroprotectors: food supplements that favor the development of cartilage (hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate) which, in combination with a natural anti-inflammatory (such as turmeric) , will help your dog relieve pain and inflammation in the hip.
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Necrosis of the head of the femur
Unlike dysplasia, this disease mainly affects young dogs and small breeds, such as Chihuahua, Pomeranian, Beagle, Bichon Maltese, Yorkshire Terrier, Dachshund... It consists of a lack of blood supply to the head of the femur during the growth stage.
Consequently, the dog who suffers from this disease practically will stop walking completely. The lack of mobility will also cause the muscles of this limb to atrophy, which will introduce the animal into a vicious circle.
The treatment will inevitably be of a surgical nature : your dog will need surgery to remove the necrotic (dead) tissue that is attached to the head or neck of the femur
Canine degenerative myelopathy
In this case, we are talking about a deterioration of the spinal cord that affects mainly to the mobility of the animal's hind legs, to the point of losing all control over them. Its origin can be due to endocrine, orthopedic, nervous problems or as a consequence of a strong trauma to the back.
Unfortunately, there is no definitive treatment for degenerative myelopathy, and the dogs that suffer from it depend entirely on physiotherapy to mitigate muscle atrophy, and holistic methods, whose effect is usually more associated with placebo.
Cruciate ligament rupture
Common in small dogs and in elderly dogs, it consists of a total or partial rupture of one of the knee ligaments, so that the dog, consumed by pain, stop walking almost completely. Obviously, the joint will no longer function properly.
Fortunately, this type of injury can be treated by surgery and subsequent management of anti-inflammatories, supported with sessions of physiotherapy rehabilitation.
Other possible causes
- Violent injuries causing punctual damage to the limbs.
- Encephalitis caused by the distemper virus, and translated into lack of coordination.
- Intoxications that can cause paralysis, accompanied by spasms and vomiting or hemorrhagic diarrhea.
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If you perceive that my dog does not want to walk and cries when trying, it is very likely that he is suffering from any of the pathologies described above.
As you've seen, joint inflammation is the most common cause of our best friends refusing to move. Fortunately, there are treatments that can help dogs and cats regain their mobility, especially when they work in combination with natural anti-inflammatories, such as our vitamin supplement with turmeric balukaVIT.
But remember this is advice. You should always have the experience of a veterinarian to analyze the case.