Pinched nerves in dogs can cause a range of symptoms that can vary depending on the location and severity of the nerve compression. In this post, our Union City will discuss these signs and some of the available treatment options.

Can dogs get pinched nerves?

Yes, dogs can get pinched nerves just like humans can. This happens when there is pressure or compression on a nerve, leading to pain, weakness, or numbness in the affected area. It’s important to seek veterinary care if you suspect your dog may have a pinched nerve to ensure proper diagnosis and treatment.

How can I tell if my dog has a pinched nerve?

Have you ever noted your behavior when you have a pinched nerve? When someone calls your name, you can't help but fidget or twist your entire body, despite your desire to remain still. It almost feels like you're moving like a robot or a mummy. If your dog pinches a nerve, they will most likely show similar behavior.

So, one way to determine if your dog has a pinched nerve is by observing changes in their behavior and mobility. Look for signs such as limping, reluctance to move or jump, weakness in certain limbs, or an altered gait. 

Additionally, you may notice your dog experiencing pain or discomfort when touched in specific areas, or they may exhibit sensitivity or twitching when you apply pressure to certain parts of their body.

What can cause a pinched nerve in dogs?

There are various causes of pinched nerves in dogs. One common cause is injury or trauma, such as a fall, which can compress or damage the nerves. 

Additionally, certain medical conditions, like intervertebral disc disease or spinal arthritis, can also lead to nerve compression. It's important to note that obesity may contribute to the development of pinched nerves in dogs as well.

Is there anything I could do at home to help my dog?

While it is always best to consult with a veterinarian for specific advice, there are a few general things you can do at home to help alleviate discomfort caused by a pinched nerve.

One option is to provide your dog with a comfortable and supportive bed or mat that helps relieve pressure on the affected area. Additionally, gentle massage—emphasis on gentle—may also help relax the muscles and reduce inflammation.

How can a veterinarian help with a dog's pinched nerve?

A veterinarian can help with a dog's pinched nerve by conducting a thorough physical examination to accurately diagnose the condition. They may also recommend diagnostic tests, such as X-rays, to further assess the extent of the nerve compression.

Additionally, veterinarians can provide treatment options, such as medication, to alleviate pain and inflammation, and  physical therapy exercises to strengthen surrounding muscles. In severe cases, they may suggest surgery to relieve the pressure on the affected nerve.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If you suspect that your dog may have a pinched nerve, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with our Union City veterinarians. We can provide a thorough examination and recommend the best course of action to alleviate your dog’s discomfort.