Dogs can become lame for a number of reasons, and the first priority is to obtain a diagnosis from your vet.
Behavioural changes can indicate your companion is in pain. Things to look out for can be as subtle as walking away from you when they’re being petted, reluctance to climb the stairs or to get in/out of the car, or a change in the way they socialise with other dogs.
Physical signs are typically more obvious such as skipping or non-weight bearing with orthopaedic/joint conditions; whereas incoordination and weakness can be indicative of a neurological issue, amongst other symptoms.
Common Conditions That Can Cause Lameness Include: Back pain and spinal disorders Osteoarthritis Soft tissue injury Joint abnormalities
Dogs are now able to have orthopaedic and spinal surgery comparable to that of humans... Unfortunately surgery is not a quick fix for the majority, and dogs, like humans, then have rehabilitation needs post-operatively to manage pain relief, improve functional recovery and limit the risk of reoccurrence/ re-injury.