Some small and medium-sized dogs are prone to lumbar problems. Among them, Jingba, Xishi, Dachshund and Kaka are the most common.
< strong > causes include: < /strong > genetic factors; Calcium and phosphorus malnutrition in puppies; Trauma; Cartilage dystrophy causes degeneration of canine intervertebral disc.
< strong > incentives include: < /strong > careless jumping; Slip suddenly; Fighting; Breeding; Catch cold and other reasons.
Frequent sprains and arthritis can lead to lumbar disc herniation, nerve compression and even lifelong paralysis in dogs. Generally, dogs aged 2-6 will show signs of onset. In order to protect our dogs from painful lumbar diseases, we need to pay attention to the following issues.
Pay attention to the nutritional status of dogs. Experience shows that dogs with balanced nutrition who eat professional dog food have fewer such problems. Dogs that eat liver, meat, ham and other single foods for a long time will lack calcium, and will be more prone to waist injury symptoms. Especially when liver is used, because the liver contains high phosphorus and low calcium, and phosphorus can inhibit the absorption of calcium, long-term eating of liver will lead to the lack of calcium in the body, resulting in rickets of young dogs and cats or rickets of adult dogs and cats.
Don't overdo it. Puppies are not allowed to learn to bow and stand, which will put too much burden on the waist and bring hidden dangers in the future. If conditions permit, it's best not to let the dog go up and down the stairs by himself to avoid spraining his waist. Fighting with a dog will sprain you. Dogs that have been sprained should be treated with care, and frequent sprains should be avoided.
Control your weight. Obesity can also lead to excessive stress on the waist. Keep your dog in a proper amount of exercise, take two meals a day, and keep his weight within the normal range.
Don't catch cold. Remember to blow dry immediately after bathing, and it is best to avoid the wet and cold ground when sleeping, so as not to cause joint inflammation.
< strong > once the following signs are found, please see a doctor in time < /strong >
Dogs can suddenly become paralyzed, or paralyzed in the hindquarters, walking unsteadily, unwilling to walk, etc. If people don't touch his waist or body suddenly, when people touch his body, the dog will howl, be irritable, walk with a stiff gait or be extremely careful, and sometimes hide under the bed where people can't reach him, which is likely to be a precursor to the outbreak of intercapillary disc disease.
Acute disc herniation begins with severe pain, groaning, reluctance to move or difficulty climbing stairs, or aggressive behavior. Soon after, it will be accompanied by dyskinesia (numbness or paralysis) and loss of sensation in both hind limbs. Symptoms usually last for a while. When it first appeared, 80% of patients were able to recover, and even some dogs could heal themselves. But it's easy to relapse, so it needs the owner's attention, early detection and early treatment!