When we think of wrist injuries we don’t often think of dogs. But, just like a human, a dog’s bones and joints are prone to injuries, including dislocation, strains, sprains, and even breaks. All of which may lead to severe pain and agony for your poor pup. Here are things you need to know about canine wrist and carpal injuries. What’s a Carpus? Made of seven major bony structures, the carpus is located at the dog's forelimb. The carpus is the equivalent to the human wrist. Also, just like humans, a dog can hyperextend his carpus, leading to the potential...
In dogs with hip dysplasia, the ball does not fit properly in the socket and grinds or rubs. The “ball” in this case is the thigh bone, or the head of the femur, while the socket is located in the pelvis. When the two are not properly aligned it creates pain, and deterioration of the hip.
Also called osteoarthritis, this disease causes the degeneration of your dog’s joints. As well as chronic pain and inflammation that can impact and even alter the lifestyle of your sweet dog. No longer a condition that solely affecting humans, arthritis is one of the most common ailments treated by veterinarians. As dogs age, their cartilage deteriorates and they lose flexibility, which can lead to arthritis. Also, trauma, excessive wear on joints and cartilage, and congenital defects contribute to osteoarthritis.
Dog ACL injuries occur when a dog tears a ligament in its knee. Many things can cause ACL injuries. For example, when a dog is overweight, it leads to strained ligaments that may eventually cause a dog ACL injury. It can also be caused by overexertion—for example, if your dog isn’t used to strenuous exercise and they play a little too hard at the dog park, it can quickly cause an ACL issue. As your dog ages, they become more prone to these injuries.