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LAMENESS / LIMPING

Lameness conditions in dogs

Causes of lameness in dogs can be divided into categories including:

  • Orthopaedic

  • Neurological

  • Immune-mediated and/or inflammatory

  • Hormonal

Common causes of lameness that fit into these categories include:

  • Cruciate (ACL) disease and/or ligament rupture

  • Hip dysplasia

  • Soft tissue injury

  • Luxating patella (knee cap)

  • Elbow dysplasia

  • Fractures and/or avulsion injury

  • Spinal disease (IVDD) or injury

  • Shoulder instability or shoulder tendon injury

  • Nail & pad disease and/or injury

  • Osteoarthritis

  • Lumbosacral disease

  • Bone tumours (cancer)

  • Immune-mediated arthritis or immune-mediated nail bed conditions

  • Degenerative myelopathy

  • Infectious

  • Hypoadrenocortism (Addisons) - weakness which can 'look like' lameness