Lameness Diagnosis and Treatment

The board-certified veterinary surgeons and veterinarians at Veterinary Specialists of Greater New Orleans have successfully diagnosed and treated lameness in countless pets, and they will bring this same level of expertise to your pet as well. There are numerous reasons an animal may suffer from lameness, and fortunately there are multiple treatments.

What causes lameness in pets?

Lameness is the term used when a pet is limping or unable to place any weight on a limb. The issue could be as simple as a paw that is cut or has a foreign object imbedded to complex orthopedic injuries. Other reasons for lameness include fracture, luxating patella, hip or elbow dysplasia, osteoarthritis, degenerative myelopathy, infection, and certain tumors or cancer. Fortunately, the compassionate veterinarians at Veterinary Specialists of Greater New Orleans have the experience and diagnostic tools to properly diagnose what may be causing a pet to limp.

What are solutions for lameness in my pet?

Just as there are many reasons to cause lameness, there are also many treatment options as well. The board-certified veterinary surgeons will seek a solution that is right for the individual condition of your pet. Physical exams along with digital radiographs or CT scan are extremely beneficial in determining the cause of lameness.

Once the cause of lameness has been identified, a proper course of action will be chosen. If the condition calls for a surgical procedure, you can rest assured your pet is in good hands with our veterinarians. Our hospital is located at 1937 Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Metairie, LA, or we can be reached by phone at 504-510-3300.