What is Soft Tissue Repair?

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What is Soft Tissue Repair?

Dogs and cats can suffer from injuries to their muscles, tendons, or ligaments. Soft tissues are basically anything other than bone. When pets suffer an injury to their soft tissues, vets call it STT, short for soft tissue trauma. Fortunately, many kinds of STTs can be treated. If you live in or around Amissville or Warrenton and your furry friend has suffered an STT, contact our veterinarians at Clevengers Corner Vet Care to schedule an appointment.

Causes of Soft Tissue Traumas

Pets can be incredibly talented at getting themselves injured. They can do it during play, in fights with other animals, hit by a car, or from a fall, especially down the stairs. Pets may cry out, limp, and have swelling. Dogs often tuck their tails, hunch their backs, and flatten their ears with the pain. Both dogs and cats will not want to have their painful parts touched and may bite or scratch in self-defense.

Diagnosing STTs

Your veterinarian will need to do a hands-on examination of your pet. The vet will move your pet’s hurt limb in certain ways to help diagnose what is wrong. Your pet may also need tests like x-rays if we suspect a bone fracture.

Non-Surgical Soft Tissue Repair

Fortunately, not all STTs require pet surgery. Some can be treated at home with the pet wearing a splint or bandages and taking medication like anti-inflammatories. If the pet stays still long enough, using ice packs for 15 to 20 minutes can help numb the pain and reduce swelling. Wrap the ice pack in a towel so the cold will not burn the skin. Improvement in moving about and a reduction of pain should occur within five days. If it has not happened in that time, your pet may need to be checked by the veterinarian again.

Surgical Soft Tissue Repair

Some STTs can only be repaired through surgery. The success rate is very good, provided you follow the veterinarian’s advice for post-operative care.

Contact Our Veterinarians at Clevengers Corner Vet Care

If you think your pet needs soft tissue repair and live in the Amissville or Warrenton areas, contact our veterinarians to learn more about our veterinary services. We are here to answer your questions and support you and your pet on the road to recovery. Call our team today at 540-428-1000 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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