Tendonitis Treatment for Dogs & Cats in Maryland
Over the last few weeks, your formerly spritely dog has been walking more slowly and carefully, favoring one paw. Or, your cat that usually is the first to jump on your bed when it is time to go to sleep seems to be avoiding the leap, instead laying down on the floor next to your bed.
If you have noticed a slowing of your pet’s movement, limping, or other signs of injury, your pet could have tendonitis.
What Is Tendonitis in Dogs & Cats?
Tendonitis in dogs and cats is the same as tendonitis in humans.
Tendons are bands of tissue that connect muscles to bones. When this tissue becomes damaged or inflamed, either from illness or injury, it can impact the ability of your pet to move around and be active.
In pets, tendonitis is most often found in the forepaws and shoulders, but it can occur in any tendon.
What Causes Tendonitis in Dogs & Cats?
There are many potential causes for tendonitis in your pet. Some possible causes include:
- Traumatic injury
- Repetitive strain
- Being overweight
- Being inactive
What Are Some Symptoms of Tendonitis in Dogs & Cats?
The symptoms of tendonitis in pets depends on the location of the pain and the severity of the injury. Some common symptoms of tendonitis include:
- Changes to gait
- Decrease in activity
- Sensitivity to touch
- Trembling limbs
- Yelping or crying out when moving
How Can Falls Road Veterinary Hospital Help My Pet with Tendonitis?
At Falls Road Veterinary Hospital, we do not want to see your pets in pain!
Our skilled team of veterinarians works hard to diagnose and treat the true cause of your pet’s pain so they can get on the road to recovery.
The diagnosis process begins with a full physical examination by your veterinarian.
Your pet’s joints and limbs will be manipulated to see where the tendonitis is located and to rule out other potential causes, such as breaks or arthritis.
An X-ray or other imaging, such as an MRI or ultrasound, likely will be ordered to confirm the diagnosis of tendonitis.
For minor cases of tendonitis, pain medications and rest often are recommended, with the problem sorting itself out in due time.
If your dog or cat suffers from a more severe or chronic case of tendonitis, there are a variety of treatments we offer and recommend at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital, including:
In some cases, surgery is required to repair a ruptured tendon. Once surgery is complete, rest and rehabilitation is recommended to get your pet back in top condition.
Exceptional Care for Tendonitis in Potomac, MD
If your dog or cat has been limping or just seems less mobile than usual, it could be a case of tendonitis. The skilled veterinary team at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital works hard to properly diagnose and treat all ailments that affect your cats and dogs, giving you peace of mind. Call us to schedule an appointment today 301-983-8400!