Limping (or lameness), is very common. There are many different causes of limping; however what many people often forget is that limping is a pain response. Therefore, if your pet is limping, they are altering their gait to alleviate pain. The cause of the pain needs to be investigated and could be anything from an embedded grass seed to a pulled muscle, or even a torn ligament, fractured bone or an arthritic joint.
In the wild, injured animals are often ejected from their pack, so they have learned over the years to be incredibly stoic. Due to this 'tough-it-out' trait, veterinary investigation is important to ensure you pet has not done serious damage that could lead to permanent problems.
What Diagnostics Are Available?
At Burke Road Vet Clinic, we initiate the consultation by taking a thorough history and completing a full examination (including a neurological examination) of your pet. The vet will assess range of motion, look for swelling or warmth, and assess their gait. From here, the vet will often have a diagnosis, and often, this is enough for the vets to be able to treat the problem, and dispense pain medications or anti inflammatory medications, and put together a plan for recovery.
Occasionally we may need to take radiographs. Our digital X-Ray machine makes this process much simpler than traditional film and takes better quality diagnostic images.
How Do We Treat Lameness?
There is no one-size-fits-all treatment. Your pets treatment will be tailored for their specific injury. We may need to use a multi-modal approach, by combining cartrophen, anti inflammatory and pain relief, weight loss/dietary modification, rest and then careful slow introduction to exercise.
We are here to help, so if you would like to discuss limping further, or book an appointment for your best friend, call us today on 9822 3268.