Just like their human counterparts, pets can experience soft tissue trauma. Soft tissue trauma causes inflammation, swelling, and long-term immobility. Our team at Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic has been diagnosing and treating sprains, strains, and muscle tears for many years. After evaluating your pet’s condition, we will determine the best course of action when it comes to soft tissue repairs. Our experts have a deep knowledge of soft tissue issues and can get your pet back on its feet in no time.
Diagnosing Soft Tissue Damage
Certain muscles are more likely to sustain damage than others. Our veterinarian will perform several tests to determine the location and severity of your pet’s soft tissue damage. Tests that will be performed by our veterinarian include:
- Our veterinarian will determine the painful area by gently moving your animal in different positions to find out where they are hurt.
- Blood tests show the levels of muscle enzymes secreted by the pet. If elevated, it will support the soft tissue tear diagnosis.
- X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, and MRIs are used to help diagnose and localize soft tissue injury.
Minor muscle strains and bruises occur in active pets and usually heal with very little medical care from the veterinarian. For instance, bones can heal in around 14 weeks and the same is true for muscle tears. Tendons and ligaments will eventually heal, but tendons will only have about 80% of their former strength. Potential treatment options include:
- Physical Therapy: This may include warming ultrasound, massage therapy, stretching exercises, and then a cool-down period in the end.
- Compression Bandages: These are often used to reduce your pet's pain and improve your pet’s mobility depending on the affected muscle group.
- Anti-Inflammatory Treatment: These treatment options include icing the area, anti-inflammatory medications, and pet-approved aspirin for pain.
- Reduction in Activity: After sustaining a soft tissue injury, your pet should continue to stay active but should not run or jump.
- Surgery: If less invasive treatments don’t provide positive results, your pet may need surgery to repair the soft tissue damage. After surgery, activity will need to be limited to prevent further injury.
If Your Pet is in Pain, Call Us Today
If you live in Canton, GA, and suspect your pet is suffering from soft tissue damage, contact Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic today. Call us today at (770) 479-1905 for more information or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian.