Species affected: Cats, Dogs
Background: Many such injuries have predisposing factors that are the true cause of damage. Poor conformation puts excess stress on certain body parts. Often the injury results from a fall, improper maneuver or effort that leads to damage.
Symptoms: Pain, lameness, swelling.
Diagnostics: Palpation, ultrasound.
Special Notes: When the tendons and ligaments become weakened from such causes as poor nutrition, mineral or vitamin deficiencies, lack of exercise and conditioning, they are more likely to be damaged or torn.
Principles for Supplementation: Nutrients that have affinity for tendons and ligaments.