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Neck and back pain in dogs is a common condition. However, the condition can be difficult to diagnose because your dog can’t explain where it hurts.
However, keeping a detailed list of your dog’s symptoms and any changes in behavior may be key to treating the condition.
If you see the signs of the condition in your dog, see a vet for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Here’s what you need to know about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for the condition.
Symptoms of neck and back pain in dogs
The condition causes a very wide range of symptoms. For example, some of the most common symptoms include:
Causes of Neck and Back Pain in Dogs
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The cause of the condition can be one of many things. For example, some of the most common causes are:
Degenerative lumbosacral stenosis
Wounds from bites
Disease of the cervical intervertebral disc
Treatments for neck and back pain in dogs
First, your vet will ask about your dog’s symptoms. Second, your vet will ask about any changes in their behavior. It can really help to keep a detailed list of your dog’s symptoms and behavior changes.
Third, your vet will perform a complete physical exam. Blood and urine tests will be taken. In addition, your dog’s spinal fluid will be analyzed.
Ultimately, X-rays, MRIs, and CT scans can help definitively diagnose the condition.
In general, treatment will be directed at the underlying cause of the condition. In severe cases, for example, a stay in hospital may be necessary. However, other cases may benefit from pain medication.
As always, if your vet prescribes a medication for your dog, make sure you follow the correct dosage and frequency instructions. Also complete the full course.
During recovery at home, it is important to provide your dog with a calm and calm environment. Also, your dog’s exercise routine may need to be limited while he recovers. Your vet can help you create a safe recovery plan for your dog.
Have you ever cared for a dog that suffered from this condition? How did your vet help your dog recover? Let us know in the comments below.
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