Can dog walking cause back pain?
There are some of the available NSAIDs just for dogs:
- carprofen (Novox or Rimadyl)
- deracoxib (Deramaxx)
- firocoxib (Previcox)
- meloxicam (Metacam )
NSAIDs. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, help reduce swelling, stiffness, and joint pain in humans, and they can do the same for your dog.
They can bring relief to a dog with arthritis, or one who's just had surgery.
But don't give your pooch something from your medicine cabinet.
Degenerative myelopathy initially affects the back legs and causes muscle weakness and loss, and lack of coordination.
These cause a staggering affect that may appear to be arthritis.
The dog may drag one or both rear paws when it walks.
This dragging can cause the nails of one foot to be worn down.
While human pain medications should be used for humans only, there are several pain medications that are formulated specifically to help manage your dog's pain.
Dog painkillers include carprofen, deracoxib, firocoxib and meloxicam, each of which can be prescribed by your vet.
If your dog is in pain they may:
- Show signs of agitation.
- Cry out, yelp or growl.
- Be sensitive to touch or resent normal handling.
- Become grumpy and snap at you.
- Be quiet, less active, or hide.
- Limp or be reluctant to walk.
- Become depressed and stop eating.
- Have rapid, shallow breathing and an increased heart rate.