Petriage Clinical Insights

IMPORTANT: This article, which is provided for educational purposes only, is based on published veterinary data and decades of work with pets and pet parents. The information provided here is not designed to be comprehensive but to help you avoid the pitfalls of online misinformation and most importantly, to frame the conversation you should have with your veterinarian. Your veterinarian’s perspective may differ from what is expressed here. Always consult with your veterinarian.


Pets are good at hiding chronic pain. While your pet may not seem in distress, ongoing limping can indicate ongoing discomfort, even if it's not an emergency. Consult with your vet with any signs of limping. 


Be observant and take notes. Identify which leg is hurt. Observe any swelling or obvious trauma and take note of any changes in the limping over time. It's most important to track the progression of pain and discomfort over a period of time.


  • Provide rest by restricting your pet's activity as much as possible. You may need to restrict an active pet to a crate or small room.
  • Don't let your pet walk or play off-leash. Avoid stairs, jumping and running as much as possible, even around the house.
  • Do not give your pet anti-inflammatory or pain medications, unless instructed by your vet.