So how do you know if your dog has an injury?

Well, in some cases I'm afraid you won't know. I quite often see dogs for a health check or maintenance treatment where their owner believes the dog is healthy, but I will still find an injury. This is due to the fact that dogs are resilient by nature & hide their pain.

However, as the dog's owner, you are most likely to notice any changes in your dog & there are signs that you can look out for.

More Obvious Indications of a Potential Muscular Injury

These include:

Lameness or limping

  • Lameness or limping

  • Stiffness

  • Carrying the leg or not fully weight-bearing

  • Difficulty going up or down stairs

  • Struggling to get in and out of the car

  • Unable to jump on or off the sofa

  • Slowing down

  • Reluctant to go on walks

  • Yelping

Have you ever described your dog as "Seems old before their time" or "Aged overnight"? This could be due to a potential muscular injury.

Some Lesser Known Indications

Reluctant to be touched or stroked

  • Reluctant to be touched or stroked

  • Twitching down the dog's back

  • Quivering skin

  • Coat changes or hair flicks

  • Posture irregularities - roached top-line or swayback

  • Gait irregularities - crabbing or single-tracking

  • Performance-related issues, such as knocking poles

By being aware of these potential signs & observing your dog, you will hopefully notice if your dog has a potential muscular injury. Treating an injury early allows for a quicker resolution.

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This dog's wavy coat in the lumbar area was due to a muscular strain

If you have seen any of these symptoms, find out how K9 Elements can help your dog, contact Jenny today on 0800 756 3664.

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