Causes of lameness can generally be placed into these three different categories:
Lameness due to terrible trauma. Developmental and congenital (inherited) lameness. Infectious causes of lameness and cancer. Because the causes of lameness can be so broad and varied, it is crucial to have your pet looked at by our vet sooner rather than later when you notice any signs of limping or lameness.
The size of your doggy also plays a role. Specific breeds are more likely to develop certain conditions at different ages, and this information can help in making the correct diagnosis. For example, larger and giant breed dogs are more susceptible to suffering from hip and elbow dysplasia, whereas it is rare in smaller breed dogs.
Our vet will start with a thorough clinical examination. It is not always easy to tell which leg of the dog is sore and examining each limb, thoroughly, as well as the back and neck will help give a proper indication of what is going on. Frequently, more than one limb is painful, and this is also an essential factor to consider during the diagnoses. Our vet will examine the whole dog, listening to the heart, taking the temperature, and feeling the abdomen to make sure that a sore leg is the only problem. Should X-rays be necessary we can transport your pet to our hospital for a further work-up.
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