Pets can limp from one of three basic fundamental causes: neurologic, soft tissue (muscles, tendons and ligaments) or orthopedic (bones and joints). The most common mistake made by caring owners is t try to address the pain with some form of home medication. Most Non Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) taken by humans like Aspirin, Advil, Tylenol and Motrin are not used in pets and many are TOXIC! So if you find yourself being temped to try these at home ... slowly step away from the medicine cabinet and let us help.
The best course of action is to try to identify the source and cause of the pain and address that instead. This usually starts with a good physical exam with attention to neurologic and musculoskeletal systems. Often radiographs may be needed to image the bones or joints.
Bandaging and splints help many pets but to apply them safely, you need full muscle relaxation of the limb - usually impossible to do at home when it is painful. Applying a bandage too snug will often result in skin damage and sometimes worse. At home bandages should only be used to apply light compression to stop bleeding until you can reach our office or the After Hour Hospital if we are closed.
Don't let lameness put a "hitch in your get-a-long" call our office today and let one of our experienced caring doctors help you find a lasting solution.