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
- Lameness or limping
- 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
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
- 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.
This dog's wavy coat in the lumbar area was due to a muscular strain