Muscle strains are caused by stretching or tearing the muscle fibers or by over use of a muscle following strenuous field or road work.
Signs are lameness, swelling of the muscle, tenderness over the injured part, and bruising. Bruising may be difficult to see under the fur.
This is an injury.
Diagnosis is made by veterinary examination.
Initial treatment is similar to that described for Sprains. The dog should be rested for at least 3 weeks.
There is no prevention for this injury.
Please contact your veterinarian with questions.
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