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.
How Can it Be Repaired?
Most soft tissue injuries can be treated easily, but the treatment plan will depend on the type and severity of the injury. In some cases, simple anti-inflammatory medication and rest are enough to cure a soft tissue injury. In other circumstances, surgery is needed to repair a soft tissue injury. The veterinarian can develop a treatment plan to help repair and treat a soft tissue injury.
Is Ongoing Care Required?
The short answer to that question is, "yes." Continuous care to repair a soft tissue injury is important to make sure your pet makes a full recovery. If surgery is necessary to repair the injury, typically several weeks of physical therapy will follow. This will help your pet regain his or her muscle mass and strength, as well as keep the joint flexible. Following through with physical therapy will help your pet make a full recovery.
Veterinary Care in Glen Allen, VA
The team at Short Pump Animal Hospital is here to help your pet recover from a soft tissue injury. We love pets as much as you do, and we feel the same pain as the owners when a pet is injured. Soft tissue repairs can be scary, but with the right care and medical attention, your pet can recover and live a healthy and normal life. If you live in the West End, Glen Allen, or the surrounding communities, and you are looking for veterinary care for your pet, call Short Pump Animal Hospital today at (804) 360-0100 to schedule an appointment.