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Has My Dog Dislocated Their Shoulder? What Should I Do?

Has My Dog Dislocated Their Shoulder? What Should I Do?

If you think your dog has dislocated their shoulder, you must go to the vet immediately.

Symptoms of shoulder dislocation

The symptoms to watch out for if you think your dog has hurt their shoulders are: lameness and limping. Depending on the severity and cause of your dog’s shoulder injury, symptoms may manifest suddenly or slowly over time.

What causes a shouldere dislocation

Dog shoulder dislocation (luxation of the shoulder) happens when the upper bone in a dog’s front leg (just above the elbow) is knocked out of its normal position in relation to their shoulder blade. The shoulder joint can be partially out of place (subluxated) or completely out of place (luxated).

Common shoulder injury types in dogs

  • Strains
  • Sprains
  • Dislocations
  • Fractures and tendon
  • Ligament tears

These injuries can cause pain, lameness and limited range of motion in the affected shoulder.

Further reading

Read more about Shoulder Dislocation and Shoulder Dysplasia here

Find our dog shoulder brace here


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