A lot of the things that we do in the vet's office have their origins in human health care. (And though many human practitioners would not like to admit it, plenty of human health care has been inspired by successful veterinary procedures.)
Recently, The American College of Physicians issued a set of guidelines for the treatment of low back pain.
Their recommendations stipulate the use of conservative measures, rather than medications, as a first line of approach for the treatment of low back pain.
Those recommendations include Chiropractic Adjustments, Massage, Acupuncture and Laser Therapy!
All of which we have recommended to successful outcomes at KVet for several years now.
Your pet might be experiencing low back pain if you notice any of the following:
Back end is lower than the front.
Sensitive when you pet or brush them.
Weakness in the rear legs.
Difficulty squatting to go to the bathroom.
Loosing footing on slick floors.
Reluctance to get on furniture or go up the stairs.
Decrease in normal activity.
Of course, I cannot give you an exhaustive list for every scenario of low back pain.
Our pets, however, do experience low back pain. Sometimes, it takes a while to recognize, because they compensate for their limitations so well.
Now there is growing recognition of the techniques that we use to alleviate what can be a very debilitating condition.
If you have any suspicion that your pet might have low back pain, we would be happy to develop with you the treatment protocol that would work best for their current condition.