Certain dogs are just not pets, they are athletes. As such, they are prone to specific musculoskeletal injuries not commonly encountered in the general canine population.
The clinical signs of these injuries can be subtle and easily missed if the clinician does not have a complete understanding of the pathology and heightened awareness of these symptoms.
- Iliopsoas Tendinopathy
- Teres Major Tendinopathy
- Gracilis and Semitendinous Myopathy
- Medical Glenohumeral (Shoulder) Instability
The treatment options depend on the type and the severity of the injury. Very commonly, a multi-modality approach will be necessary.
- Medical treatment such as intra- articular injection
- Surgical treatment: when all possible, minimally invasive surgery (arthroscopy, fluoroscopy- assisted procedure) is preferred. Open procedures may be required in some instances
- Rehabilitation or physical therapy
- Dietary management: nutraceutical (glucosamine, chondroitin, ASU, omega 3-fatty acid), specific diet modification