Just like people, dogs can develop back problems over the course of their lifetime. Dog back pain is something many dogs must deal with, but for a number of different reasons. Since your dog isn’t going to tell you just what the problem seems to be, they are not great communicators after all, you are the one who is going to have to notice when something is not right and take your dog to the vet.
The cause of your dog’s back pain could be serious or it could be something easily treated. Jorgensen Labs, your source for veterinary supplies, offers the most common causes for back pain in dogs.
Subluxations are misalignments in your dog’s vertebrae that can disrupt nerve function. They are caused by poor posture and in some cases trauma. They can also cause problems in the nervous system that can lead to miscommunication between the brain and other parts of the body. If your dog becomes unusually clumsy, this is a sign of subluxation.
It is also a painful condition that can be treated by veterinary chiropractors through spinal adjustments.
Intervertebral Disc Disease
This is also known as a slipped disc and it is a condition that causes severe neck and back pain as well as weakness in the hind legs. It could also lead to paralysis. It occurs when the jelly-like disc between the vertebrae bulges or bursts and pushes on the nerves in and around the spinal cord.
Breeds with short legs, including Beagles, Dachshunds and Basset Hounds, are genetically sustainable to this condition. In severe cases, surgery is necessary. But mild to moderate cases can be treated with a combination of pain relief, anti-inflammatories and activity restriction.
Soft Tissue Trauma
This is more commonly known as sprains, strains and pulled muscles. These types of conditions often occur during exercise, during trauma or even by simply taking an awkward step. The most common symptom of a soft tissue trauma to the back includes pain and the unwillingness to jump, play or perform other normal activities.
These conditions are often treated with pain medications, anti-inflammatories and physical therapy. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary.
This is a disease that commonly affects older dogs and is often caused by the long-term degeneration of joint cartilage. The disease progresses slowly and can range in severity. Regular chiropractic care, medications, heat and cold therapy and surgery are all ways this condition can be treated.
The best way to avoid this disease is by preventing its occurrence. So you will want to introduce a healthy diet and exercise at an early age.
Large-breed dogs are often predispositioned to this condition. It occurs when the nerves that exit the lumbosacral part of the spine in the lower back become compressed. The result is pain, weakness in the hind end and paralysis.
Treatment for this condition includes pain medications, physical therapy, weight management and surgery.
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