Lameness & Limping

At Stanton Pet Hospital in Stanton, CA, we care for your animal’s happiness and well-being. If you have concerns or questions about pet lameness, pet limping, or other injuries, contact us today. Our veterinarians and staff are happy to answer your questions, see your pets, and help them feel better. 

Lameness & Limping

When Should Your Pets See a Vet?

Lameness is not always an urgent issue, but should be monitored closely. Usually, limping can wait until the next business day to be assessed by a veterinarian. If your pets don’t show improvement within a day or two or their condition worsens, they should be taken in to see their veterinarian.

You should see a veterinarian or even an emergency veterinarian if your pets exhibit any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever of over 103.5 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Uncontrollable bleeding
  • Broken bone(s)
  • Inability or unwillingness to move
  • Obvious signs of pain, such as whining, snapping, growling, or even biting. 
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Swelling
  • Excessive heat in the affected area
  • Bloody mouth or a bloody stool 

How to Help Your Lame or Limping Pets

Examine the affected area first if your pet will allow it. Check for bruises, swelling, cuts, scrapes, heat, or crooked, broken bones. 

Check the paw pad of the affected leg as well. Pets can be injured by thistles, thorns, broken glass, and more. Their paw pads can also suffer painful cuts or scrapes, so be aware of that possibility too. 

Clean minor wounds with gentle soap and lukewarm water. Significant damages should only be handled by a veterinarian and as soon as possible. 

If the lameness or limping isn’t severe, confine your pets to a small space so they get the chance to heal. Do not allow your pets to jump, run, climb stairs, or hop up and down. Crate rest is key to a fast recovery. If there are zero signs of improvement within twenty-four to forty-eight hours, bring your pets to a veterinarian. 

If you plan to take your pets to the veterinarian soon, do not administer pain medication. Ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and naproxen are toxic to dogs. Aspirin can also be dangerous if improperly administered. Simply get your pet to help as soon as possible. It is not ideal to give medicine before a vet check because the veterinarian may need to perform a procedure, and they should be starting with a medicine-free slate. 

How to Move Your Injured Pets 

A hurt pet can be a dangerous pet. Keep small children and fellow pets away from the affected animal for their protection and the injured animal’s well-being. Animals in pain is prone to bite, even if they have never offered to bite in the past. Be careful around hurt animals when handling them for your safety and their comfort. 

Using a crate, box, blanket, or board as a makeshift stretcher can help. Carefully lift your pet into your vehicle, even if it is capable of jumping in on its own. This will help prevent further pain or injury. 

Request an Appointment for Pet Lameness or Pet Limping at Stanton Pet Hospital

Are you searching for a veterinarian in Stanton, CA? At Stanton Pet Hospital, we examine, diagnose and treat pet soreness, lameness, and limping. Call today at(714) 828-5891.

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