Karl colorado springs, Colorado 5/4/2016 3:59:27 AM It actually isn't so common for a dog to strain a muscle. A limp can be a serious sign to you that something is wrong, as often dogs don't yelp around in pain when something hurts them. Your vet is the only person qualified to tell you what's wrong with your animal, and as a pet owner you have the obligation to get your pet checked out ASAP. In our case, a limp for my husky meant hip dysplasia, a mild case, but dysplasia nonetheless. We took immediate action and to this day we still maintain a somewhat high level of activity and low pain for my dog. I give him nutritional supplements that promote healthy joints, and we also use the Ortocanis dog hip brace to help give him that extra support he needs. It also works to improve circulation in the area, keeping the hips warmer and reducing pain. I always use it when we go for longer walks, and sometimes on colder days or whenever I notice extra stiffness.The Ortocanis online store makes great products for disabled dogs, I looked pretty heavily into the different options before deciding to buy from them and there's was the best I found, based on price/quality/positive reviews.