Lameness, or limping, is one of the most common reasons for visiting the veterinarian. Most cases of lameness is associated with a soft tissue injury (strain, sprain, ligament injury) or bony disease (fracture, arthritis, congenital defect). Thankfully many conditions we can either resolve with surgery, medical management or rest. There are a few causes of lameness that are not associated with either a soft tissue or bony disease/ trauma, but rather conditions such as cancer, autoimmune poly-arthritis, tick disease and other infections joint diseases (bacterial, fungal, viral).
Below is a list of the most common causes of lameness we see in pets. Click on each one for more information: