Symptoms of Back Problems
- Change in the posture of the dog
- Fever, inactiveness, and poor appetite
- Arched back and guarded stance
- Yelling out with movement of the spine
- Reluctance to jump or climb on a chair
- Paralysis of one or both the legs
- Crying on being petted and touched
- Shaking of the hind portion of the body
- Urinary or fecal incontinence
- Muscle diseases of the back or neck caused by injuries of the soft tissues, bite wounds, microbial infection, and inflammation.
- Kidney infection by bacteria leptospirosis often causes back pain. This is one of the serious lower back problems in canines that needs immediate medical attention.
- Recurrence of muscle spasms may be a possible cause.
- Degeneration or infection of the discs between the vertebrae of the spine in dogs often causes mild to severe back pain.
- Membranes cover the brain and spine. They are termed as meninges. Microbial infection may result in inflammation of meninges, called meningitis. It is another cause of back pain in dogs.
- Fracture or disruption of the spine causes very sharp back pain. If your dog falls from a height, you should immediately take him to a veterinarian for complete evaluation even if everything appears to be fine.
- Obesity is also a possible cause. The reason is that extra body weight exerts extra pressure on the spine.
- Cancerous growth of nerve roots, vertebrae tissues, and other cells around the spine are another cause of mild to very sharp back pain.
- In case of muscle spasms, search for small knots on the dog's spine by moving your fingers in a circular motion. Apply gentle pressure on them for a period of 10-15 seconds, and then release. Do it 5-6 times a day. It will ease the condition.
- Use muscle relaxers meant for dogs.
- Make sure your pet gets appropriate rest. Make his living as comfortable as possible.
- Keep the weight of your dog under control.
- Glucosamine is known to heal the tissue fibers between the vertebrae. Add glucosamine supplements in your dog's diet.
- In case of chronic back problems, place a heating pad on the affected area twice or thrice a day for a period of 10-20 minutes. This will help a lot in treatment.
The suggested home remedies for back problems will definitely give you positive results. However, medical evaluation of the exact cause and correct treatment is a must. Therefore, take your dog to a veterinarian and strictly follow the advice given by him.