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What Are the Common Symptoms of a Shoulder Dislocation in My Dog?

What Are the Common Symptoms of a Shoulder Dislocation in My Dog?

Depending on the severity and cause of your dog’s shoulder injury, symptoms may manifest suddenly or slowly over time.

The symptoms of a shoulder dislocation in my dog

  • Limping or Lameness: Dogs may exhibit a noticeable limp or be reluctant to put weight on the affected leg. If a dog’s got a long-standing injury, they may be limping but still able to bear weight on the affected limb. A dislocated shoulder might express itself as your dog having difficulty in using a front leg.
  • Pain and Discomfort: Vocalisation, whining, or signs of distress when the shoulder area is touched
  • Reduced Range of Motion: Difficulty moving the shoulder joint as freely as usual. 
  • Swelling or Bruising: Visible signs of inflammation or even discolouration around the shoulder.
  • Change of Gait: Your dog isn’t walking as normal
  • Grinding: There may be a grinding sensation around the shoulder joint when your dog moves

Further reading

Read more about Shoulder Dislocation and Shoulder Dysplasia here

Find our dog shoulder brace here 

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