Broken Bone in the Paw vs.
Sprained Paw

Arnold Plotnick, DVM, explains the difference between the
two conditions.

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Q: How do you know if a cat has a broken or sprained paw?

A: A sprained paw would probably cause your cat to limp but still be able to bear some weight on that foot. A broken bone in the paw usually is too painful for the cat to bear any weight on that foot at all, and the cat would walk on three legs, preventing the painful paw from hitting the ground. Either way, a cat that is favoring one of its paws should be examined by a veterinarian promptly.

Regards,
Arnold Plotnick, DVM

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Lieschen    Edmonton Alberta, AP

8/18/2007 8:00:23 PM

Sorry,I didn't find this very help.It seemed to state the obvious. No advise as to how to help or comfort the cat's injury.

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