The pet is disabled so that movement, especially walking, is difficult or impossible. Lameness can shift from leg to leg. Lameness can be caused by traumas, inflammation of the bones, and joint disease. Lameness can make moving incredibly difficult for your cat or dog, and it is therefore necessary to consult a veterinarian to determine the cause and choose the treatment.
How to Recognize
Lameness may occur in one, two, three, or all four limbs. While some pets may experience subtle pain in their limb(s), others many not be able to place weight down and/or walk.
An orthopedic disease may be the cause of lameness in pets. Inflammation/ infection or trauma/ dislocation may also be the reason behind it.
Your veterinarian will first want to find if the lameness is caused by a bone, muscle, neurological, or metabolic reason. Many vets then use the process of elimination to find the underlying condition.
Treatment will depend the condition causing lameness.