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Sprain in the dog – what to do?

Verstauchung beim Hund - besonders Hundmenschen von aktiven Hunden kennen das. Wie handelst du richtig? Hier erfährst du, was zu tun ist.

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
  • Bruise
  • Mobility restriction
  • Redness
  • 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:

  • Break
  • Ice cream
  • Compression
  • 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


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