Musculoskeletal

Although dogs and cats walk on four legs, their anatomy is very similar to people. The musculoskeletal system allows your pet to move around in their environment. Abnormalities of this system are often associated with injury.

  • Cranial cruciate ligament rupture and fractures represent the majority of musculoskeletal problems.
  • Congenital defects commonly affect bone and/or cartilage development, such as elbow and hip dysplasias and patella luxation.
  • Infectious diseases of the skeletal system include tick borne diseases such as: Borreliosis (Lyme’s disease), other Rickettsial infections, and systemic fungal infections (e.g.: Blastomycosis).
  • Osteoarthritis develops in unstable joints over time.
  • Metabolic and nutritional disorders, such as kidney failure, can weaken bones.
  • Cancers commonly affecting the bone include: osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, fibrosarcoma, and metastatic disease (spread of cancer).

Musculoskeletal abnormalities are more common in dogs than cats. Surgical intervention may be needed in some cases of musculoskeletal disease. Recovery from musculoskeletal disease or injury often requires a combination of pain management, exercise restriction, rehabilitatitive care, weight management, and nutritional supplements.

Watkins Vet Clinic

415 School Ave. S
P.O. Box 189
Watkins, MN 55389
Phone: 320-764-7400
Fax: 320-764-7401


Kimball Vet Clinic

581 Linden Ave. E
P.O. Box 358
Kimball, MN 55353
Phone: 320-398-3600
Fax: 320-398-3601


Maple Lake Vet Clinic

500 East State Hwy 55
P.O. Box 340
Maple Lake, MN 55358
Phone: 320-401-1300
Fax: 320-401-1505


Litchfield Veterinary Clinic

1101 South Sibley Ave
Litchfield, MN 55355
Phone: 320-693-6961
Fax: 320-693-4117


Lifelong Veterinary Clinic

905 Hwy 15 S
Hutchinson, MN  55350
Phone: 320-234-7400
Fax: 320-234-7401

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