My Dog is Limping. Is It an Emergency?

It is always difficult to see your beloved pet in discomfort, and if an injury occurs, it can be difficult to determine the severity of the injury at home. Musculoskeletal injuries are common in pets. Like people, many older pets suffer from arthritis and can have intermittent lameness. Sprain injuries can also occur, especially in active animals.

If your dog or cat becomes suddenly lame, assess their overall condition. If there was no serious trauma, such as falling a great distance or being hit by a car, and they are not extremely painful, try to keep the pet quiet and calm. DO NOT give any over-the-counter human pain medications as these are often unsafe. Schedule a veterinary appointment to have the pet assessed on the next available day. Until that time, rest is best. Avoid long walks, stairs, or jumping until your appointment, and confine your pet when you are not available to watch them. If your pet has any evidence of trauma, is extremely painful, the limb is limp, or you are concerned about their overall status, have him or her seen on an emergency basis.

If you would like to have your pet assessed or would like to discuss pain management for your pet’s orthopedic condition, please schedule an appointment with us at Hudson Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Crane