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Treatment will depend on the underlying cause. If your dog is overweight, you will need to make changes in the dog's daily diet. Your veterinarian will assist you in creating a food plan that will best work for your dog according to its breed, size and age. There are several medications that can be used to treat the symptoms and underlying causes your dog is suffering from. For example, pain relievers may be prescribed, along with steroids that can be used help to reduce inflammation in the muscles and nerves, allowing healing to take place.
Your role and that of your veterinarian in the period following treatment will vary according to the diagnosis.
If you have a large breed dog, you will need to be on guard against allowing your dog to gain excess weight. Conversely, if your dog is a very rambunctious and energetic breed, you will want to observe the dog, and take note of any changes in movement or behavior after exercising, as some highly energetic dogs have a tendency to overdo it.
The area found between the muscles and the endings of the nerves
A bundle of fibers that are used in the process of sending impulses through the body
The term for the hip and related area
Something that is related to the whole body and not just one particular part or organ
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
A condition of dead tissue
The term for the joint between the femur and tibia (knee cap)
Moving or located away from the midline; located along the side
The process of removing tissue to examine it, usually for medical reasons.
Any muscle that has two heads.
A condition in which growth and development are not up to normal standards
The term used to describe the movement of an animal
The wasting away of certain tissues; a medical condition that occurs when tissues fail to grow.
Any type of pain or tenderness or lack of soundness in the feet or legs of animals
The dislocation of a bone from the joint