When to Take a Limping Pet to the Emergency Room

Usually, veterinary treatment for your pet’s lameness can wait until the following business day. But, if your pet is limping, you should immediately go to the nearest emergency veterinary hospital.

Pets with lameness symptoms needing urgent care

Go to the hospital emergency room if your canine companion exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Dragging a branch
  • Severe sluggishness, not bearing weight on a limb
  • Continuous bleeding
  • Excessive vocalization and swelling
  • Sudden deterioration of a limp

In addition to alarming symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea, your pet may need emergency treatment for the underlying problem rather than just the limp.

Pet lameness issues that need immediate attention

Pets can become lame for a variety of causes, some of which require prompt medical attention. Although a muscular strain or sprain should be taken seriously, you do not need to head straight to the nearest emergency room. Nonetheless, some conditions do necessitate urgent attention, such as:

  • A broken limb
  • The paralysis of one or more limbs or paresis
  • A huge or deep wound that is not healing
  • A snake or venomous insect bite
  • An auto collision
  • Dog fighting

Even though some of these circumstances might not seem to cause much harm, they could cause inside problems that need to be treated. For instance, you might believe that your pet who was hit by a car with mild limping and road rash is fine, but a thorough examination may discover damage to their liver, spleen, kidneys, or bladder, necessitating severe hospitalization.

A further scenario that frequently necessitates emergency care is a pet that another animal has bitten. Punctures leave little holes, yet the wounds spread infection very quickly. Furthermore, a pet that grabs and shakes your animal might seriously harm the underlying tissues, which can quickly escalate into a serious condition.

Deciding whether your four-legged pet now has three legs and needs emergency attention can be challenging. Hence, give our staff a call to discuss your pet’s condition so we can let you know if they require emergency care.