Your pet is limping… what should you do?

Injured dog
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Whether you notice your pet walking with a limp following a particularly long walk, after a rough and tumble playdate or you aren’t sure just how it happened… make sure you seek evaluation and treatment from your veterinarian right away!

 What causes a pet to become lame?

This is a very common problem and can be caused by a variety of issues. They can include but are not limited to:

• Torn nail
• Sprain
• Soft tissue injury
• Fracture or broken bone
• Torn ligament
• Bone tumor or cancer

These are just a few of the things that can cause lameness in your pet.  Unfortunately, to the untrained eye and without the proper diagnostic tests… there is no way to determine exactly what is causing your pet to limp.  That is why the Animal Hospital of Polaris is fully equipped with trained veterinarians, the latest in diagnostic equipment and extended hours to treat your pet.

If you find your furry friend limping or experiencing discomfort with ambulation, call the Animal Hospital of Polaris right away at  614-888-4050… better to be safe!

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