You may notice your pet limping or suddenly displaying signs of lameness. They can't tell us where it hurts or what happened, so it's best to take them to Petvax Complete Care Centers for an exam, a diagnosis and a plan of treatment. We offer three convenient veterinarian locations in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett.
Types of Limping in Pets
There are two categories of limping pets: gradual onset or sudden onset and each can point to a different cause in your dog or cat. Gradual limps occur over time and sudden limps occur immediately after some occurrence, such as an injury or trauma. If you keep a close eye on your pet, you will be able to tell your veterinarian which of the two types of limp it has for a quicker diagnosis.
What Can Limping Indicate?
If your furry four-legged family member is gradually limping, it can be an indication of a chronic or degenerative condition, such as arthritis or dysphasia. If it is a sudden onset limp, your pet may have an underlying injury that needs attention immediately for it to heal properly.
What Can Cause Limping and Lameness?
Many items can cause your pet to limp or become lame. Some of the most common items are a paw injury in which your pet doesn't want to bear weight on it or joint disease, such as arthritis. It may be suffering from more serious items such as bone disease or an injury in which your pet will need immediate veterinary attention. Pets can have the same types of injuries as humans, such as broken bones, sprains, dislocations, torn ligaments, joint trauma, and fractures.
How is a Diagnosis Made?
A veterinarian will do a physical exam on your pet and may also run some tests including an X-ray to form a positive diagnosis. The treatment plan will rely on the diagnosis and could be as simple as getting a few days of rest. In other extreme cases, your pet may need a cast for broken or fractured bones or even surgery to correct its condition.
Trust the Experts with Your Pet's Health
You can rest assured that our veterinarians at Petvax Complete Care Centers can exam your pet quickly, form a diagnosis and order a treatment plan to get your pet on it’s the way to recovery. Visit one of our offices in Memphis, Cordova, and Bartlett if you think your furry friend may be suffering. Contact us today, they’ll be glad you did.