If you’ve ever had back pain, you know how painful it can be. Believe it or not, dogs are just as susceptible to experiencing awful back pain as humans.
A dog’s spine is similar to ours. It’s made up of a series of vertebrae, which make up the spinal column, interspersed with discs that act to separate each of the vertebrae. If a disc “slips,” it puts pressure on the spinal cord causes inflammation between the vertebra, which irritates nerves and causes pain. A slipped disk is the most common cause of back pain in dogs.
There are preventative measures you can take to help avoid a slipped disc; but, a trip to a dog chiropractor in Egg Harbor Township, NJ can set Fido straight again.
Keeping back impact to a minimum
Small dogs like the Dachshund, Beagle, Pekingese, Shih Tzu, and Lhasa Apso are particularly prone to experiencing back pain. It’s easy to curb the chance of back injury with these breeds by discouraging them from jumping up and down.
Whether it’s just greeting you at the door, or anticipation for food, dogs (small ones especially) like to jump up and down. This jumping puts undue stress on their backs and can lead to a slipped disc and a great deal of pain. Teaching your dog to not jump can be tedious but it’s ultimately beneficial to their health.
Dogs just love getting on the furniture. But over time, hopping up and down from the sofa can lead to serious back problems for Fido. Teaching your dog at an early age that jumping up on the furniture is a no-no spares your couch from claw marks and can also prevent a slipped disc.
If your house has multiple floors, your four legged friend probably likes hanging out both upstairs and downstairs. If that’s the case, experts recommend helping your dog up and down the stairs. Depending on its size, carrying your pup up and down the stairs is a perfect solution. If they’re too big to carry, it’s beneficial to your dog if you help propel their hind legs up the stairs.
Recognizing back pain in your pup
There are several signs that your dog may have slipped a disc. Just like when we hurt our backs, dogs will hold their back in an arched position and try to move as little as possible when they’re hurt. They may also cry out when you touch their back, telling you that they’re in pain.
In smaller dogs, their rear legs are usually weak to begin with and could become even more unstable after slipping a disc. In severe cases of if the problem persists, a slipped disc can lead to incontinence.
If your dog does endure a slipped disc it’s important to recognize the symptoms quickly and take them to a dog chiropractor in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. Dog chiropractors help spinal problems just as much as human chiropractors do. The vet will be able to align your dog’s vertebrae and alleviate any pressure the slipped disc was putting on the spinal cord. And, if the realignment doesn’t work, there are anti-inflammatory medicines available to help your dog’s back.