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Skeletal conditions

  • Intervertebral disc disease can be very painful and is most commonly seen in dogs with long bodies on short, stocky legs. Dachshunds, Corgis and Basset Hounds are predisposed to this.
  • Symptoms of back pain in a pet may be restlessness or reluctance to walk or jump. It is often mistaken for belly pain, as smaller pets may vocalize in pain when picked up.
  • Signs of neck pain in pets may show up as reluctance to climb stairs or move their heads. It may be mistaken for inappetance because the pet is reluctanct to raise or lower the head to the food bowl.
  • Unexplained lameness especially in large or giant breed dogs is a very common sign of bone cancer. Radiographs of the affected area are useful for detecting cancer of the bone.