If your pet is injured it can be a scary time. As a pet owner, you are concerned about treatment for the injury and to make sure the injury heals correctly. Unfortunately, some pets will suffer a soft tissue injury that requires medical intervention. To help educate pet owners, the team at Short Pump Animal Hospital has put together some commonly asked questions regarding soft tissue injuries, and how a veterinarian might be able to help.
What is Soft Tissue?
Soft tissue is located in all mammals, pets and humans alike. Unlike bones, soft tissues are malleable and stretchy and work to hold together bones to allow the body to move and bend. Soft tissues can include muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Sometimes if the joint is moved too far past its normal range of motion the soft tissue can become pulled, stretched, or even torn. Symptoms of a soft tissue injury can include tenderness, swelling, lack of mobility, or limping. If you notice any of these symptoms it is best to bring your pet to the veterinarian for an examination.