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How do you treat a dog's sprain or strain?

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Your vet may tell you to:

  • Give your dog nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to ease inflammation.
  • Apply an ice pack or heating pad.
  • Make sure your dog rests.
  • Walk your dog on a leash.Take it slowly at first.
  • Use a brace or support to hold your dog’s muscle or joint in place.
  • Try physical therapy. Have him walk on an underwater or land treadmill, or balane on a ball or board.
  • Massage the area.
  • Put your dog on a diet.

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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