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The vet will check your dog’s muscles and joints. She’ll look him over first, then touch and press on certain points to see if they’re sore, warm, swollen, or out of place. She’ll want to see him walk, sit, and lie down. She may take X-rays or do an MRI or ultrasound to get a look at damage she can’t see from the outside. X-rays show problems with bones. Other kinds of images are better for seeing tissue damage.

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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