Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.
Thank you for your question.
There are a few things that could be causing Cleopatra's limp including:
- A patellar luxation (knee cap that pops in and out of place)
- Partially torn cruciate (knee) ligament
- Hip dysplasia
- A chronic muscle strain
A vet visit is needed to examine her.
The vet will perform an orthopaedic and neurological exam and will assess for e.g. knee stability, swelling and any muscle wastage.
They may need to do some testing such as an x-ray.
What we do will depend on what is going on but treatment options may include anti-inflammatory medicine, rest, exercise programs, joint supplements, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and/or surgery.
With any mobility issues, it is sensible to keep your dog strictly rested, avoiding high jumps and steps. They should also be kept trim rather than over-weight.
I hope this helps and please let me know if there is anything else,