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Lameness typically occurs because of an injury that your pet sustains in their limbs. To treat it, you first must assess the safety of the scene, including whether or not your pet is showing signs of potential aggression. Lameness severity can range from holding the limb up near the body to only lightly limping. Make sure you muzzle your pet, as they often communicate pain through biting. Lay on side and begin with the toes of the lame leg, working up the limb with light squeezing until you find lumps or sensitive areas. Now attempt to move each toe in its individual range of motion, doing the same for each other joint going up the leg. If you can identify the pained area, put ice in a bag and apply to the area for ten to fifteen minutes, assuming the pet cooperates. This will help with inflammation and pain. At this point you may give pain meds, but don't give any that haven't been prescribed for this specific instance. If the lameness worsens or doesn't get better within a few days, transport your pet to the vet.