Pet Limping Montgomery County Vet

Limping is a problem for the young and the old, the dog and the cat alike. Almost anyone can wind up in a situation where Limping may result.  Illness or injury can all result in a beloved pet being unable to move her limbs properly.  However limping is not an easy problem to get to the bottom of in most cases – and getting a trained professional on the case is the best idea!

Limping may not always be from the foot or leg, some patients may limp because they have spine or neck issues, abdominal pain, infections (like Lyme disease), or even skin or urinary issues.  The first thing any limping cat or dog needs is a thorough physical exam to rule out any of the issues which are not obvious.  Oftentimes, a broken nail may cause a limp – something which hard to find, and against which the pet may show some guarding.  A displaced fracture is a pretty drastic emergency, requiring immediate, specific intervention by a veterinarian.  Depending how the fracture happened (mostly I’m thinking of trauma, like a fight or being hit by a car) a complete physical with diagnostics to indicate no other injuries have occurred is of prime importance.  Also, making sure the patient is stable and not losing consciousness from pain or blood loss is vital to fracture management.

Dogs and cats with sprains, strains, tears, avulsions, and even simple fractures need care in order to get better in the vast majority of cases.  Not only can we offer stabilization and relief from pain, but we can help your pet recover quickly, smoothly, and to the same or higher level of functioning than previously.  Veterinary Rehabilitation is a new area which helps to ensure that animals recover from and excel to their optimal level of functioning.  A rehabilitation specialist can assess your pet, design a protocol of exercises and treatments, and assist your pet along the road (with any of the bumps) of recovery.  Beyond balancing on a ball, your pet can learn to increase strength and dexterity.

Montgomery County Pet Limping Vet

It can take time to recover from a Limp, depending the causation and your pet’s age and overall health.  Lyme Disease may cause limping that will result in treatment with antibiotics.  Sprains or strains may require nothing more than rest for a few days or weeks with some anti-inflammatory drugs.   If that doesn’t work, splinting and casting may be an option.  Sometimes a fracture or bad tendon or Ligament Damage in a dog or cat can require surgery with a surgical specialist or highly-trained veterinarian who does these unique procedures.  The recovery from these procedures can be enhanced through intervention with rehabilitation techniques, including laser therapy, massage, specially-designed exercises, and even aquatic therapy.   While rehabilitation is not currently the most common approach, it is considered gold standard care for orthopedic injuries.

Remember, limping is always an issue which requires veterinary attention.  The causes of limping are varied, and can be life-changing for your pet.  Always seek veterinary help for any limp which lasts longer than a day or two and remember that we can do more to help the sooner we examine the injured pet.

By Sandra J Platt VMD