Lameness, characterized by difficulty using one or more limbs, is a common concern for pet owners. It often manifests as limping, which causes your pet to avoid putting weight on a particular limb. While limping can be alarming, it's important to remember that it can be caused by various factors, some minor and others requiring veterinary attention. At Animal Oasis of the Rockies in Bloomfield, CO, we provide various treatments to relieve any discomfort your pet is experiencing and to help them heal. Before visiting us, learn about some causes of lameness and limping below:?

Causes Of Lameness & Limping

Causes of lameness can range from injuries like sprains, strains, or fractures to underlying conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, or foreign objects lodged in the paw. Additionally, conditions like Lyme disease, tick-borne illnesses, and neurological problems can also cause limping.

When To Seek Veterinary Care

If your pet is exhibiting other symptoms in addition to limping, it is crucial to seek veterinary care. Some of these additional symptoms include:

  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Swelling or bruising
  • Limb deformity
  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Refusal to eat or drink
  • Fever

Diagnosis and Treatment

Our veterinarians will conduct a thorough physical examination, which may include diagnostic tests such as X-rays or blood work to determine the cause of the lameness. Based on the results, we will develop a treatment plan that may include medication, physical therapy, or surgery.

We've partnered with GMVS, a team of board-certified orthopedists, to provide specialized orthopedic procedures for your pet if needed.