If you have a cat or dog that has been limping or is showing signs of lameness, have a veterinarian check over his condition to determine the cause and appropriate treatment for the problem. Contact Silicon Valley Pet in Santa Clara, CA to get a pet exam as soon as possible.
Signs Your Pet Is Suffering from Lameness or Limping
If you notice that your pet is struggling to get around as easily as he has been able to in the past, he may be dealing with a medical condition that requires intervention. Your pet may avoid putting pressure upon one of his paws in an attempt to alleviate pain and discomfort. He may whimper, bark, or meow if you touch the affected area.
Reasons Why Lameness and Limping Occurs
Lameness can occur at birth. Your pet may have a deformity that makes it difficult for him to use one of his legs. This will be noticeable right away and can possibly be remedied by a veterinarian. If your pet has been fine in the past and lameness occurs suddenly, it is usually the result of an injury to the leg or foot. This could be caused by your pet being hit by a vehicle, getting a foot or leg trapped in a tight location, arthritis, obesity, or being bitten by another animal.
What Our Vet Will Do to Help
When you bring your dog or cat to our veterinarian for a pet exam, our veterinarian will conduct several tests to determine what part of your pet's body had been injured. This is done by manually moving the affected extremity using gentle motions. Your pet may have a broken bone or damage to his nerves in the affected leg. Our veterinarian will use x-rays to check the interior of the body for signs of a problem. We may need to treat your pet using surgery or medication to help heal the affected area of the body.
Your Pet’s Mobility Matters
If your pet is showing signs of lameness or limping, contact Silicon Valley Pet in Santa Clara, CA as soon as possible to make an appointment with our veterinarian for a pet exam. Call our office today at (408) 248-3844 for more information.