A lame animal is an unhappy animal, and they need attention as soon as possible.
Lameness is a tricky business. Sometimes it is hard to work out which foot the animal is lame on when it isn’t blatantly obvious. It is easiest to work this out when the animal is at a trot, and watch the head carefully – for a front leg lameness, the head will go down when the sound leg is on the ground. For a hind leg lameness, the head will go down when the lame leg is on the ground. And then the very tricky cases will be lame in more than one leg!
There are a number of different lameness causes affecting different species, all which require different treatment options. If you are not comfortable identifying the lame leg or picking up the foot to investigate, please call the clinic and book for one of our vets to visit. We will diagnose the cause, and give the appropriate treatment. While we are there we can teach you how to lift feet and trim soles correctly so you can keep on top of these tasks yourself.