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Limping can be the result of 'a number of conditions'

Tuesday, 4th September 2012

Limping can be caused by a number of different problems and a vet will advise you if they need pet meds or other treatments.

That is according to Caroline Reay, chief vet at the Blue Cross, who said ligament injuries and arthritis are often causes of limping, as well as broken bones and foreign bodies getting stuck in an animal's paws.

She said rest helps with healing, so owners should not let their pets jump up or use the stairs.

"Dogs can have short lead walks of five minutes while cats should be kept indoors with a litter tray," she wrote.

"Put overweight pets on a diet, as weight loss produces a huge improvement in mobility. Use mental exercise to tire an active animal instead."

Dr Reay suggested swapping the pet food bowl for feeding toys, which you can hide around the house for animals to seek out.

She added that sprains and strains may take weeks to heel so it is important to follow the vet’s advice and be patient with your pet.