Treatment for Soft Tissue Damage
It is not uncommon for pets to suffer from soft tissue damage. Sometimes the cause is rather obvious: you see it get hit by a vehicle during a walk or you see something fall on it, or it jumps off of something and lands wrong. There are many more things that can happen that we, the caretakers of our animal friends, will never see or know. We just know they are not feeling well.
If your pet limps, licks one area of their body over and over for no obvious reason, or if they are not as active as normal, they may be suffering from soft tissue damage. Overweight pets are more likely to suffer soft tissue damage than pets at a healthier weight. Although the cause of their pain may be something you have seen happen to them, it can also be something you did not see, making your own evaluation of what is wrong more difficult.
If a limp or soreness lasts more than a couple of days, it is probably a good idea to contact your friends at Animal General for their professional evaluation. Just like a human injury, the longer treatment is delayed, the longer the healing process will take. In the meantime, you should do what you can to protect your pet from making their injury worse. Home treatment can involve icing the injury, and keeping your pet still so that they don’t aggravate their injury. A relatively minor injury can be complicated if the pet refuses to lie down and rest. Ignoring an injury could, in some cases, result in amputation.
The more severe the soft tissue damage is, the more likely it will require veterinarian intervention for soft tissue repairs. X-rays may be required to evaluate joints and bones in order to ensure that the damage is indeed soft tissue damage and not a fracture or osteoarthritis. An x-ray can help determine if the damage is to muscles, joints, tendons, or ligaments.
Surgery for soft tissue damage, a traditional method of treatment requires a minor incision in which to repair or even removed the damaged tissue. If an incision is required, it will take longer to heal. It is also possible that laser surgery can be used to treat the affected area to stimulate damaged nerves and to ensure that healing will take place. Recovery from laser treatments won’t take as long.
Just like with humans, the recovery time for an injury can vary. The greater the invasion of tissue in the treatment, the longer the healing will take. The older the pet, the longer it will take to recover. Also, the better shape and more active your pet is, the quicker they will recover. However, the greater the soft tissue damage, the more likely they will need to rest as their body heals. Not resting can result in a re-injury to their soft tissue.
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If your pet has an injury that is keeping it from being as active as it has been, and if it exhibits other unexplained tenderness to the touch, bring it by Animal General.