Possible Causes: Broken limb or digit, acute arthritis, injury to footpad, dislocation, sprain, muscle soreness.

Action Steps

  • Attempt to localize injury through gentle inspection if possible. If your pet is in great pain, do not palpate or manipulate leg.
  • Once localized, examine affected area to check for pain, heat, injury, and swelling.
  • If a fracture is suspected, gently stabilize limb for transport. See “Handling and Transporting Tips”.
  • Cover any wounds with a clean cloth. See “Bleeding”.