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Can dogs get sprains or strains?

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Yes, and while they sound like the same thing, they aren't.

Strains injure tendons that link muscles and bones. This can happen if your dog stretches too far, too much, or too often. Athletic dogs get strains, but this injury also can happen when a dog slips, falls, or jumps during normal play. In dogs, strains are common in the hips and thighs.

Sprains damage the ligaments that connect bones. This leads to joint damage. Sprains can happen to hunting dogs who jump hurdles, as well as to the average dog who may hurt himself taking a hard landing off the couch, or even by something as simple as stepping in a hole. The wrist and knee are common joints for dogs to sprain. One of the most serious injuries is a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which connects the bones of the knee.

From: Strains and Sprains Spell Pain for Dogs WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Sherman O. Canapp, Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRT, chief of staff, Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, MD.

Farrow, C. , J.B. Lippincott Company,1985. Textbook of Small Animal Orthopaedics

American College of Veterinary Surgeons: “Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease.”

University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana College of Veterinary Medicine: “Bow-Ouch, Me-Ouch! Can Pets Tell You Where It Hurts?”

Western Veterinary Conference: “Small Animal Physical Therapy: Introduction, Treatments for Common.

Forelimb & Hindlimb Conditions & Management of Osteoarthritis.”

Oregon State University: “Research shows that therapy and rehab can prevent ACL surgery - for your dog.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Sherman O. Canapp, Jr., DVM, DACVS, DACVSMR, CCRT, chief of staff, Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group, Annapolis Junction, MD.

Farrow, C. , J.B. Lippincott Company,1985. Textbook of Small Animal Orthopaedics

American College of Veterinary Surgeons: “Cranial Cruciate Ligament Disease.”

University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana College of Veterinary Medicine: “Bow-Ouch, Me-Ouch! Can Pets Tell You Where It Hurts?”

Western Veterinary Conference: “Small Animal Physical Therapy: Introduction, Treatments for Common.

Forelimb & Hindlimb Conditions & Management of Osteoarthritis.”

Oregon State University: “Research shows that therapy and rehab can prevent ACL surgery - for your dog.”

Reviewed by Amy Flowers on October 24, 2018

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