Pet owners may notice their pet suddenly limping or favoring one paw due to discomfort. This can be an upsetting event, but paw and nail problems are quite common in pets. Your veterinarian can get to the heart of the problem and provide appropriate treatment to restore your pet’s normal mobility. At St. Francis Hospital for Animals in Oakdale, NY, we have been treating pet lameness and limping for many years.
Cause of Lameness & Limping
Lameness and limping can be caused by many different factors. A simple injury of the footpad that hasn’t yet healed, a claw that has caught on something, or lingering pain from a hard fall or landing is often the cause. Usually, these small injuries will heal by themselves. Other times, minor veterinary care is needed to facilitate healing or address the underlying problem. Structural problems of the spine or hips can also cause limping. Lameness can also be a symptom of more serious health issues such as osteoarthritis, systemic disease, or cancer. Our vet will carefully assess your pet’s condition to determine the underlying cause and provide appropriate treatment.
Diagnosing Lameness & Limping Problems
Our veterinarian will conduct a thorough pet exam and visual inspection of the affected areas to determine if there are any obvious signs of injury. An x-ray may be needed to diagnose damage to your pet’s bones and tissues. If no obvious problem is found, our veterinarian may order blood tests and other diagnostics to identify any underlying conditions that are contributing to your pet’s mobility issues.
Treatments for Lameness & Limping
Depending on the diagnosis, our veterinarian may treat your pet’s injury with medications, suturing, and bandaging. Fractures will be set and placed in a cast. Confining the animal for some time may be needed to promote proper healing. If an abscess is present, it will be drained and treated with medications. If a nail or claw is badly injured, it may be removed. Systemic illness will be treated with appropriate medications.
Contact Our Veterinarian in Oakdale for Pet Lameness and Limping Treatment
The veterinarians and team at St. Francis Hospital for Animals use their extensive training and many years of experience to help put patients in Oakdale, NY and the surrounding areas enjoy longer healthier lives. We offer many services including wellness visits, vaccinations, diagnostics, dental care, nutritional counseling, and surgery. For more information on treatment options for pet lameness and limping or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today at (631) 567-1359.