Learn About Possible Injuries to Your Dog or Horse and How to Manage It

Do you have a dog or a horse? How many times have you noticed that your dog was limping? Or that your horse was hurt? Here is what you can do to help your animal which might include buying a back and knee brace.

In the United States, approximately 44% of all households have a dog. Also, Labrador Retrievers have been the most popular dog breed for five years in a row since 2013. However, just like other large dog breeds, they are more likely to have hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a genetic developmental disease that results in malformation of the hip joint. Although it is seen in smaller dogs, they are less likely to have hip dysplasia and the symptoms related to it are often less severe. In addition, one in four pet dogs in the United States is diagnosed with some form of arthritis. But don’t worry just yet, around 76% of dogs suffering from severe dysplasia and arthritis can live comfortable, happy lives with the proper management.

An estimated 7 million people ride horses each year in the United States. Horses can weight up to 2,200 pounds and there are approximately 400 breeds of domestic horse, all of whom are classified as grazers. The North American Mustang is not a domestic horse, but they are descendants of once-tame ancestors brought to the U.S. from Europe over 400 years ago. When your horse is injured, posture is often the first clue something is wrong. This can include shifting its weight from side to side, refusing to move, and refusing to bear weight. There are many different kinds of reasons that a horse can act this way but if a horse has a bowed tendon, it can be a result of chronic stress or an injury. In horses, this injury can take between 8 and 11 months to fully heal. But with the help of products like a back and knee brace, you can help your animal manage the injury until it is healed.

Now, let us talk about management. First, your veterinarian will want to perform a thorough physical exam and take a complete history of your dog or horse. Your veterinarian will then perform simple motion tests and observe your animal’s movements. When the veterinarian is done, he or she will most likely prescribe some medication but there are other ways you can help your animal. This includes buying a back and knee brace, ankle brace socks, warm knee supports, or some neck therapy products. These products will help your animal feel comfortable while they are trying to heal.

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