How long does it take for a dog to recover from a back injury? A Complete Guide

Risk factors for Spinal cord injury in dogs

All dogs are at risk of developing spinal injuries. However, chondrodystrophic breeds with short limbs are more predisposed to spinal injuries. Examples of such dog breeds include Bassett Hounds, Dachshunds, Bulldogs, and Poodles, amongst others.

Non-chondrodystrophic breeds like Labrador retrievers and German shepherds also have spinal cord injuries.

Symptoms of Spinal Trauma in Dogs

Symptoms may vary in your dog depending on the type of injury and what caused it.

  • Acute onset – You will most likely notice symptoms come on quickly and suddenly after an injury or trauma
  • Loss of function – Your dog may lose some if not all function of his legs or lower half of the body
  • Ataxia – There may be a loss of coordination in your dog’s limbs and this may give him an unsteady walk
  • Pain – Your dog may begin to experience pain in his neck, back, and limbs due to the spinal injury
  • Types

    Types of spinal trauma injuries are broken down into 3 broad categories.

  • Intervertebral disk disease (aging disks that harden and cause pain, discomfort or paralysis)
  • Trauma (car accident, gunshots, falls, bite wounds)
  • Blood supply being blocked to his spinal cord
  • What Exactly Is Spinal Injury in Dogs?

    When veterinarians refer to spinal injuries in dogs, they typically mean some form of acute damage to the many components of the spinal column. The spinal column runs the entire length of your dog’s body from neck to tail.

    The cervical spine includes the vertebral bones and joints that support and articulate the neck. Just behind the cervical vertebrae, the ribs attach to the vertebrae of the thoracic spine. Beyond the thoracic spine, the lumbar spine supports your dog’s back. The human spine has these same distinctions. Unlike your spine, however, your dog’s spinal column has one extra area, the caudal spine, that includes the bones of the tail.

    FCE overview – Spinal Cord Injury in Dogs. Obi’s Recovery & Physio Tips for Home

    Back pain occurs not only in humans but also in dogs. Dogs can experience mild to severe back pain with limited mobility, which can be temporary or chronic. Knowing the signs and treatments of back pain can tremendously help in alleviating your dog’s pain.