Especially dog people with active dogs know this all too well: your dog is running wildly across the meadow with another dog and then suddenly a yelp and your dog comes running to you yelping and limping. But older dogs are also often affected, for example, when they stretch on the stairs or step into a hole in the ground that they have overlooked. A careless jostle in play, a trip or a fall are the most common causes of a sprain in a dog.
How did the sprain occur?
As a result of the trauma, the joint partners, i.e. the joint-forming bone ends, are displaced in relation to each other and are subjected to a very high load. The joint capsule, ligaments and tendons are also affected. This is how bruising often occurs.
How do you recognize a sprain?
- acute pain
- Swelling of the joint
- Mobility restriction
- Touch sensitivity
If your dog shows one or more signs of a sprain, please be sure to present him to the veterinarian. The diagnosis should definitely be confirmed by a veterinarian and other injuries should be ruled out. An x-ray is usually taken to rule out joint dislocations and fractures. During a clinical examination, the veterinarian can also rule out injuries such as torn ligaments and capsular injuries.
This is what you can do for a sprain in a dog
The PECH rule applies:
- Ice cream
- Elevate = immobilize
This means for your actions:
- Cool the affected joint. This way you relieve pain and also get the swelling under control. At home after a visit to the vet, cooling compresses such as curd compresses also help him very well.
- Go easy on your dog. The veterinarian will decide if the sprained joint should be put in an additional resting position with taping, casting or support bandage.
- Light massages are a great way to help your dog recover at home, as you can relieve and relax overworked areas of the body.
- In any case, give your dog enough time to recover. A sprain is painful and long lasting. Therefore, please increase walks and other stress only slowly and in consultation with your veterinarian.
Has your dog ever had a sprain, too? How did it happen and how did you act? I look forward to your comment!
All the love, your Tina