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Diseases and Symptoms: Sprains and Strains

Every now and then dogs overdo it, asking just too much of their bodies and as a result are prone to sprains and strains.

Strains vs Sprains: The words sound alike, but they mean different things. Strains injure tendons that link muscles and bones. This can happen if your dog stretches too far, too much, or too often. Athletic dogs get strains, but this injury also can happen when a dog slips, falls, or jumps during normal play. In dogs, strains are common in the hips and thighs.

Sprains harm the ligaments that connect bones, which causes joint damage. Sprains can happen to hunting dogs who jump hurdles, as well as to the average dog who may hurt himself taking a hard landing off the couch.  The wrist (carpus) and knee (stifle) are common joints for dogs to sprain. One of the most serious injuries is a torn cranial cruciate ligament (CCL), which connects the bones of the stifle.

By using whole food nutrition and botanicals we can manage sprains and strains with less pharmacologic remedies and help support the entire musculoskeletal system.

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