McTimoney Animal Practitioner Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Signs and Symptoms of Back & Muscle Pain in Dogs

As an owner you will notice changes in your dog's behaviour or appearance and signs of muscle and back pain and discomfort which could indicate your dog may benefit from a treatment such as:

  • Reluctance to be exercised or to play.
  • Signs of pain or stiffness when getting up or laying down.
  • Difficulty or stopping going up or down stairs.
  • Changes in gait, movement or posture.
  • Stiffness after exercise.
  • Changes in performance or experiencing difficulty with previously easy tasks.
  • Defensive behaviour when being stroked or groomed or around other dogs.
  • Inability to sit or stand square.
  • Uneven development of muscles.
  • Stopping jumping on or off furniture or in and out of cars.


Causes of Back and Muscle Pain and Misalignments in Dogs

Misalignments and back pain in dogs can be caused by sudden accidents and traumas such as:

  • A slip or fall on poor grip surfaces such as laminate or tiled floors.
  • Road traffic accidents.
  • Rough games with other dogs causing knocks and twisting of the spine.
  • Falls from equipment or over fences during agility or lading awkwardly from a jump.
  • Playing with toys such as frisbees and tugging ropes causing twisting of the body and neck. 
  • Knocking their backs when passing under fences or gates.


Chronic long term problems can also lead to back pain and misalignments such as:

  • Persistent pulling on collars and harnesses placing extra strain on the neck and back.
  • Poorly fitting collars and harnesses.
  • Repetitive actions or training.
  • Long term or recurrent injuries or conditions causing compensatory muscle tightness.