Area of concern
- Abdomen (tummy)
- Back (spine)
- Brain and nerves
- Female parts: vagina and uterus
- Head, face and neck
- Legs, paws and claws
- Male parts: penis, testicles and prostate
- Mammary glands (breasts)
- Mouth and Teeth
- Skin and fur
Arthritis (osteoarthritis) is a very common condition that causes painful, swollen joints and makes moving around uncomfortable.
If one of the cruciate ligaments is damaged the knee joint becomes wobbly and this is usually very painful. The most common way for a dog to damage a cruciate ligament is by jumping, skidding, twisting or turning awkwardly.
A saddle thrombus is a blood clot that blocks blood supply to the back legs. Symptoms appear suddenly and include severely painful, paralysed back legs. A saddle thrombus is an emergency.
Limping and stiffness can be caused by many different conditions, like minor injuries and arthritis. Read more about the treatment available and how you can help keep your dog comfortable.
There can be lots of causes of limping and stiffness in older cats, but arthritis is usually the most common cause.