Is Your Pet Limping? Don’t Wait To Get a Diagnosis
Pets are members of the family, so when they are in pain, we suffer right along with them. If your pet is showing signs of being in pain such as a pronounced limp, don’t hesitate to take them to your Burke veterinarian. Burke Animal Clinic is your source for high-quality, compassionate care for all the feline and canine members of your family.
If your dog or cat is limping, here are some of the top reasons that can cause it:
1. Broken Nails
A cracked or broken nail is a possible cause of foot pain and a resultant limp. There is a risk of infection if the crack or break runs near the base of the nail.
2. Torn Pads
All it takes is one wrong step on something sharp or jagged to result in a torn pad on a pet’s paw. Unlike us, they must walk around without foot protection, so they are prone to injury to their foot pads. Your Burke veterinarian can address this wound and ensure they are free of infection.
3. CCL Tears
The CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) attaches the femur and tibia in the leg. It can become torn or aggravated, especially in more active animals. Your Burke veterinarian can assist you with diagnosis and treatment of a CCl injury.
4. Bone Fracture
Breaks and fractures in the leg bones will also result in a noticeable limp. This type of injury should be addressed right away by your Burke veterinarian. Even small fractures can cause great pain and should be treated as soon as possible.
5. Hip or Joint Dysplasia
Some animal breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia, or an improper tracking of the joint. Larger dog breeds, in particular, can fall victim to this condition. Your Burke veterinarian can determine if this is the cause of their chronic pain.
Just like people, older dogs and cats can be prone to arthritis. Nutritional supplementation and pain medication can help to treat and manage this condition.
Make an Appointment, Contact Our Burke Animal Clinic!
When our pets suffer, as owners we suffer right along with them. Don’t let your furry family member endure untreated pain another day. If your pet is limping, bring them in for diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible. Call us at (703) 569-9600!