Pet Orthopedics
in Sarasota

3800 S Tamiami Trail, Ste 20
Sarasota, FL 34239
Mon – Sat: 10am to 7pm
Sun: 10am to 6pm

As a pet owner, noticing your pet limp can be alarming.

A limp is typically caused by a physical birth defect or injury. Lameness, however, isn’t necessarily a sign that your pet is in pain. Your pet’s age, weight and breed could be affecting the way they walk. There are several underlying causes of limping. At Sarasota Tamiami Animal Hospital, we provide pet orthopedics in Sarasota to put the spring back in your furry friend’s step.

Lameness in Pets

The causes of limping and lameness vary from animal to animal. One or more legs may be affected, and limping could be constant or subside at times. After a change in physical activity, the limp may get better or worse. It could even worsen at certain times of day. Some common signs that your pet is experiencing an orthopedic issue include:

Refusal to place weight on a leg

Loss of muscular tissue in one leg

Inability to walk or run normally


Difficulty climbing stairs or jumping

Other changes to their gait

Signs of pain or discomfort in a leg

Swelling around the joints

Not placing a paw on the ground correctly

It’s important to know whether your pet may be experiencing a problem typical of their breed or whether the underlying condition is more serious. Some breeds are more prone to orthopedic problems than others. Common causes of lameness include:


Congenital abnormalities

Insect stings

Nerve damage

Trauma, such as a broken bone or dislocation


Inflammatory diseases

Damaged or broken claws

Genetic disorders



Wounds to paw pads

Bone cancer

It’s important to know it can be alarming to realize your pet is favoring a leg. We always aim to identify the underlying cause of your pet’s limp and recommend the best course of treatment in order to reduce any discomfort your pet might be feeling.

Our Orthopedic Services

We perform a wide variety of orthopedic surgeries, including:

Cruciate Ligament Surgery

Coxofemoral Luxation – Toggle pin repair

Radius/ulna Fracture Repair

Pelvic Fracture

Patellar Luxation – Unilateral repair

Joint Luxation

Tibia/fibula Fracture Repair

Common Calcaneal (Achilles) Tendon Injury

Femoral Head and Neck Ostectomy

Oncologic Surgeries

Femur or Humerus Fracture Repair

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Schedule Your Pet’s Orthopedic Appointment in Sarasota

If you’ve observed your pet limping suddenly or you notice a difference in the way your pet walks, reach out to us today to schedule an appointment for pet orthopedics in Sarasota.

Sarasota Tamiami Animal Hospital performs orthopedics for dogs and cats in Sarasota, Fruitville, Sarasota Springs, Bayshore Gardens, and Gulf Gate Estates.

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