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Identifying Cruciate Ligament Injury in Your Pet Dogs and What to Do About It

In case you didn't know, ligaments are crucial bands of tissue that join your bones together. They are located around the joints and are necessary for proper mobility. It's the same in dogs, and even the most minor of injuries can seriously affect their quality of life and movement. Cruciate ligament injuries in dogs need to be identified as soon as possible before the body trauma gets worse. It's the owner's responsibility to stay informed and spot the signs so their precious pup can get the care it needs!


Symptoms of Canine Cruciate Ligament Injury

Ligament injuries in dogs can be seriously painful and debilitating for them. The easiest way to spot them would be limping when they walk and the inability to place any weight on the affected leg. If it's a light sprain, the chances are that it would go away with sufficient rest. A severe cruciate ligament injury could last more than a couple of days and may require medical attention. Observe how your dog is walking and see if they are limping, hobbling, or avoiding putting pressure on a specific leg. 


Treatment Options

Modern veterinary practices have allowed cruciate ligament injuries to be treated efficiently and effectively. The treatment options often depend on the severity of the ligament tear. Minor injuries can be remedied by impeding the movement of the affected leg and many days of rest and medication to alleviate the pain and swelling. However, significant tears are most effectively treated through surgical procedures. Veterinarians will operate on the injured area and repair it to a point where it can make a complete recovery. In many cases, this is the best option if you want your dog to get back to total health and not have any future complications. 



Worms in dogs are generally easily treatable using medication. It's essential to see your vet so they can prescribe your dog the proper medication for the exact type of worms it has. The medicine will help your dog's body kill the worms inside and flush them out of their system!


Treat Your Dog’s Injuries at Midlands Veterinary Practice

Midlands Veterinary Practice devotes itself to the care and rehabilitation of all pets that walk through its doors. Our facility specializes in medical care of all types, including both surgical and preventive care. No injury is too much or too complex for our specially trained staff and top equipment. Leave us a message and have all your pet’s medical needs taken care of!


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