Still, you don't have to have a background in Veterinary Medicine to be able to tell something is not quite right with your dog. The symptoms of neck pain in dogs is fairly easy to identify.
First of all, I noticed Shiner, my dog, seemed much less active than normal and wasn't quite feeling herself. I knew she was sick, but I didn't know why just yet. I observed her closely for the rest of the day and after watching her, I was able to determine that her neck hurt.
What kind of symptoms did my dog exhibit with her neck pain?
- Walking very slowly and cautiously.
- Unwilling to jump up or down. Even just small steps from our porch to the yard or off of the couch.
- Not wanting to lift her head and holding downwards towards the ground. She also wouldn't move it side to side.
- Walking around with a hunched back.
Other symptoms of neck pain that a dog might experience could be not wanting to eat or drink, general lethargy, whimpering in pain. or yelping when touched in a certain spot. Thankfully, Shiner did not experience these symptoms.
After observing those neck pain symptoms in my dog, I decided to do a little exam on her. I gently massaged her neck to see if she showed any signs of pain. While trying to lift her head upwards, she would begin to tremble and resist. So, I decided to watch her and restrict her activity for the rest of the day.
The next day, she still seemed to be in pain and her neck was still bothering her. Being that it was Friday and the weekend was fast approaching, I decided to call her Veterinarian and schedule an appointment. I would hate to have made a trip to the Emergency Clinic, so better safe than sorry. And I hadn't seen any improvement with her symptoms anyways, so it was definitely time to go.
|Exploring the exam room.|
Taking your dog to the Vet for neck pain is going to be your best option for treatment. There really aren't safe over-the-counter drugs you can give to your dog for pain. Tylenol and Ibuprofen are toxic to dogs, and should never be given.
Shiner's Vet prescribed her a pain medication, a muscle relaxer, and an anti-inflammatory drug for dogs. After Shiner took her medicine, she felt much better. Still, I needed to watch her to make sure she didn't do too much jumping. She could easily have injured herself further.
What caused my dog's neck pain? Well, I'm still not completely sure. Sometimes, it just happens with normal day to day activity. I am thinking possibly our game of tug-of-war could have done it. Or even her pulling on her collar. Which is a good reason why it's smart to wear a harness. Shiner usually wears a harness, but sometimes she just wears her collar.
|Back to doing her normal dog stuff.|
Shiner is feeling much better now after just a few short days. I haven't even needed to give her that much medication. Has your dog ever experienced neck pain before? How did you help them feel better?
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