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Back Pain in pets

If you’ve noticed your dog or cat is tender when you touch their back, your pet might be suffering with back pain.  Other signs can be a hunched back, walking stiffly or trembling and panting.  Maybe he just can’t get up the stairs or onto the couch as quickly as he used to – these can be signs of back pain too.

Some back pain is very obvious and easy to pick up, especially when it comes on quickly. Chronic or long-term back pain might be very subtle and show up as your pooch taking longer to settle in bed, or your kitty have toileting issues, like pooing outside the litter tray.

There are a variety of causes of back pain in cats and dogs, from simple ‘pulled’ muscles or arthritis right through to malformed bones of the spine, infections, disc disease and even tumours. Some breeds get back issues more often, for example Dachshunds, Frenchies and German Shepherds.

Some back conditions can be catastrophic if not treated promptly, so it’s important to visit your vet and find out the underlying cause of the pain. The treatments recommended will depend on the cause of the pain, and could involve medications, supplements or in some cases, surgery.

To reduce the chance of your pet developing back issues there are simple things you can do at home

  • Make sure your pet remains a healthy weight
  • Keep up regular exercise, appropriate to their age and abilities
  • For older pets, avoid slippery surfaces and reduce jumping
  • Provide a stool or ramp to help your senior dog onto the bed or your older cat to reach their favourite sunning spot

Acupuncture can be a great option for back pain, either in addition to your current treatments or, in some cases acupuncture alone can bring your fur-baby relief from pain.

Chat with us at Beaches Pet Therapies to learn more about how acupuncture can help your pet with back pain.

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