Elbow Conditions in Dogs: Understanding Various Conditions and Treatment Options.

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How Balto® can help with many common elbow conditions seen in dogs.

Elbow conditions can be a common problem in dogs, especially in larger breeds. Some of the most common elbow conditions seen in dogs include:

  • Elbow dysplasia. This is a developmental condition that affects the elbow joint, causing it to develop abnormally. It can cause pain, lameness, and arthritis.
  • Hygromas. These are fluid-filled swellings that typically develop on the dog's elbows as a result of repeated pressure or trauma.
  • Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). This is an inflammatory condition that occurs when the diseased cartilage separates from the underlying bone
  • Fractures. The most common type of elbow fracture is a lateral condylar fracture of the lower part of the humerus bone.
  • Arthritis. This is a degenerative joint disease that affects the cartilage in the joint, causing it to wear down over time. It can cause pain, stiffness, and difficulty moving

These conditions can cause pain and discomfort for dogs, and can even lead to lameness if left untreated.

If your dog does develop an elbow condition, common treatment options may include medication, therapy, or even surgery in severe cases. An additional resource available to pet parents is Balto orthopedic bracing. For a single affected elbow, there is the Balto Soft brace that supports the elbow while providing compression and dispersing pressure. If there is a bilateral need for bracing – both elbows – then the Balto Soft Plus is a great option. The brace performs similarly to the Balto Soft, but for both elbows. This brace is most commonly seen used for pets with arthritis and OCD. 

As a responsible pet owner, it is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of elbow conditions in dogs, such as limping or favoring one leg over the other. By staying vigilant and taking action if necessary, you can help ensure that your pet stays happy and healthy for years to come.