Alternative Treatment Options For Your Dog's Back Pain

Posted on: 26 August 2020

If your dog struggles with back pain, whether from a diagnosed condition or just in general, you may feel like you do not know what to do to help your canine companion feel better. There are, of course, pain medications you can give your dog. However, they could have side effects, may not be effective, and could cause your dog to be loopy and drowsy all the time. However, what you may not know is that there are alternative treatment options that may be able to help with your dog's back pain. Get to know some of these alternative treatment options. Then, you can be sure to give them a try as soon as possible.

Chiropractic Care

Most people do not realize that chiropractic care is not just for humans. There are veterinarians and other practitioners that provide animal chiropractic services, including for dogs.

Chiropractic care is all about the musculoskeletal system. It focuses primarily on the idea that the alignment of the bones in the body, primarily the spine, can affect numerous systems and functions throughout the body. It can also cause pain if these bones are not in proper alignment. 

This is because nerves run along the spine and can be pinched or otherwise negatively impacted when the bones of the spine are not exactly where they should be. An animal chiropractic practitioner will manually manipulate the spine and body of your dog to get those bones back in alignment. 

This process can almost immediately relieve or lessen the pain your dog is feeling in their back. Chiropractic care can also be soothing and relaxing for your dog. When your dog is able to relax, oftentimes, the pain subsides (at least somewhat). 


In addition to animal chiropractic services, you may want to give acupuncture a try for your dog. This is a treatment in which a practitioner will insert small needles into points throughout the body. These points correspond with energies that flow in your dog's body. 

When your dog is experiencing back pain, their energy to that area could be blocked or otherwise negatively impacted. The acupuncture needles stimulate healing energy to flow to that area and can relieve your dog's pain and discomfort in the process. Many people combine acupuncture and chiropractic care services to give their dogs as much pain relief as possible. 

Now that you know more about a few alternative treatment options for your dog's back pain, you can give them a try as soon as possible.