Pekingese back problems are quite common to this breed. It is due to their long bodies and short legs which makes them highly susceptible to arthritis and slipped discs. Because of breeding, the pekingese have become more larger and their bodies longer which is much more straining on their backs. The best intervention you could do to prevent injury is to discourage your pekingese from going up and down on your couch, beds, playing up and down the stairs, etc… Thouse these scenarious may not me the imminent cause of injury, however it can make any circumstance worse. True, they enjoy the said activities but the repetitive impact can slowly take its toll as your pekingese age. And once the illness sets in, your beloved pekingese may limp and experience pain that will require medical intervention.
To avoid developing of any chronic health issues and other acute problems, there are simple precautions that can help a lot. Rather than letting your pekingese jump into the sofa in order to sit beside you, lift him up or buy a pet ramp or you can make your own pet ramp for him. Make use of the baby gate to keep him off the stairs and carry him carefully if you want him to go up and down with you. Consistency is the key here, over time you can then train your pekingese not to do these behaviors. In carrying your peke, you should also know how to do it properly so that you won’t create injury towards him. The most ideal way is to place one hand under his stomach and one on his back to support him fully.
Pekingese Back Problems
As is the case with many of the long breeds, pekes are prone to back problems. They should not be encouraged to do jump on furniture, and you should try to avoid making them climb stairs. These are the most common things that cause a slipped disc. Often times, a disc will slip and immediately pop back into place. This can make the proper difficult to diagnose, as X-rays will appear normal. This can be very painful for the dog, but it will heal within a few days. Your vet may prescribe pain killers, as well as something to make the dog drowsy so it will rest, allowing the injury to heal. Rest is usually the best thing for a disc which has just slipped out and in. More serious back problems can require surgery which can correct many problems.
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Treatment Options for Dogs’ Back Problems
- Laser Surgery. This is one option for treating dogs’ back problems. Up-to-date animal hospitals are offering laser disc ablation surgery to canine patients. This surgery is designed to prevent the recurring of disc herniation issues. This procedure is not for those who are only having normal back pains, nor for those who has spinal compression.
- Medicines. Another way to treat back problems fod dogs is the administering of anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the swelling and pain of the spinal cord. Other pain medications and relaxants may also be given. Crate/cage rest is recommended to aid the healing of the spine and to prevent adding insult to injury.
- Vitamins. Nutritional supplements such as Vitamins C, A, and E have been proven to be effective for back related issues for dogs. They can protect the cells from further damage. Copper, zinc and magnesium are other nutrients that are also effective in back problems.
- Acupuncture. This Chinese tradition includes using of tiny needles to stimulate the body to heal itself. This method is used for treating neurological ailments, skeletal and muscle abnormalities, or reproductive problems in both females and males. Veterinary acupuncture can aid in strengthening the dog’s immune system, improve the organ functions and relieve back pains.
It is a fact that some owners prefer to do things naturally for treating pekingese back problems, like homeopathic and herbal methods. Feverfew is widely known for its anti-inflammatory property and is a common herbal pain medicine. Licorice is an anti-inflammatory as Skullcap is a pain relieving agent. Other popular herbal medicines would include yucca, turmeric, cayenne and ginger.
Do you know more herbal plants or methods that are used to treat a pekingese’s back problem? If so, feel free to share with us your knowledge so we may be enlightened.