My Dog is Limping but not in Pain What Should I Do?

My dog is limping but not in pain what should I do

Dear Hindy,

My 9 year old dog Mitzi recently started limping. She doesn’t do it all the time, and I know she’s not in pain because she’s not crying or whining. She is getting older and that’s part of aging, so I was going to leave it and see what happens. Do you think I’m doing the right thing?

Thank you.


My Dog is Limping But Not in Pain What Should I Do

Hi Jessica,

I’m very glad you wrote in because I know this question is going to help a lot of senior dog parents…and their dogs!

In answer to your question let me be blunt – the answer is no. It’s a widely held misconception that because a dog is not crying or whining he’s not in pain. I would say Mitzi limping is a sign she is experiencing some level of discomfort.

There are plenty of ways she can be showing you she’s in pain that don’t involve any whining or barking.  

  • Not jumping onto the couch like she used to
  • Taking shorter walks
  • Walking slower than she used to
  • Avoiding climbing the stairs
  • Staying in her bed longer
  • Not as interested in toys
  • Perhaps she’s gotten a bit snappy

She could have twisted her foot or leg on a walk, have something stuck in her paw or even have arthritis, but the only way to find out what’s going on is to take her to the vet sooner rather than later. Once you have a diagnosis you’ll know what you’re dealing with and how you can help.

Please keep me posted, and do let me know what the vet says. I hope Mitzi is feeling better soon.



Hindy Pearson
I am a dog trainer and behaviour consultant, specialising in working with first time dog owners. Whether you're thinking of getting a dog and aren't sure if it's the right time, or you've been sharing your life with one for awhile but there are issues you can't resolve, I am here for you. No matter where in the world you live I can help.

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