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Dog Osteomyelitis (Bone Disease): Symptoms and Treatments

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osteomyelitis (bone infection) in dogs: symptoms, causes, & treatments

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Osteomyelitis in dogs is a medical condition that involves a bacterial or fungal infection in a dog’s bones or bone marrow. This can also be caused by an infection in another part of the body, which then moves through the bloodstream into the bone and bone.

You can classify the condition as acute or chronic, depending on how severe it is.

If your dog is showing signs of a bone or bone-marrow infection, you should immediately consult your veterinarian. Consult your veterinarianFor a diagnosis and treatment plan, please consult your veterinarian. Here’s what you should know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of osteomyelitis in dogs.

Dogs are susceptible to osteomyelitis.

Dog osteomyelitis can cause a variety of symptoms. Here are some of the most common symptoms:

  • Swollen mouth
  • Fever
  • Impossibility to eat and drink
  • Lesions
  • Depressed and acting weaker than usual

Dog Osteomyelitis Causes

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There are many causes of osteomyelitis among dogs. The following are some of the most common causes:

  • Bacterial infections (including Streptococcus and Staphylococcus)
  • Fungal infection (including Aspergillus)
  • Trauma-related injury
  • Dental problems
  • Wounds after being bitten

Veterinary Treatments

If your dog develops osteomyelitis, it is important to have your veterinarian ask questions about your dog’s medical history. This includes any recent events or circumstances that may have led to the infection.

The vet may also order urine and blood tests to determine the source of the infection. The vet might also order blood and urine tests to determine the underlying infection. Additionally, they may analyze fluids from the affected area.

In most cases, the first step is to clean and irrigate the wounds. A vet will likely recommend antibiotics to address any infection.

It is important that your veterinarian prescribes antibiotics for your dog. This includes the exact dosage and frequency of the medication.

Your dog should be allowed to rest and recover at home. However, you must limit their exercise and other activities. This is so that your dog’s bones can heal properly. Additionally, regular visits to your vet will need to be scheduled to properly monitor your dog’s recovery.

Do you remember caring for an osteomyelitis-infected dog? How did your vet help your dog overcome the infection? Leave a comment below about your experience.

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