Dogs are playful companions which makes them susceptible to injury. It is common for dogs to receive bruises and sprained paws and legs. This is due to the activities they take part in for example exercising. Whenever your dog returns from exercising you should always look for any possible injuries. Your dog is most likely to avoid putting pressure on any part of his body that may be injured therefore observe him and search for any possible wound. Dogs bruise on their skin and with all the fur they have it may be difficult to find therefore it is necessary for owners to spread the fur and feel for a tender spot on your dog. Bruises are formed by bleeding underneath the skin there one should always apply ice or a cold cloth on the bruised area to help the blood vessels compress and minimize the bruise. While dogs exercise it is common for them to occasionally overextend. Sprains are torn ligaments in dogs result in swelling and inflammation in the affected area. Applying a cold cloth or ice pack is the best way to reduce swelling that can occur after an injury such as a sprain.