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Stiffness And Pain

dog stiffness and pain

As dogs age sometimes, they present with arthritis and joint pain especially if combined with weight gain that is not healthy for their size. Some other potential causes of stiffness and pain in joints can be overexertion, bacterial encephalitis, or parasitic infestations.

A few potential indicators of inflammation and stiffness are awkward gaits, reluctance to rise, the rigidity of limbs, swelling, muscle spasms, depression, or noticeable fatigue. Treatment depends on the conditions identified by your veterinary provider.

Muscle stiffness in dogs means that a muscle stays partially contracted for a period of time. It causes discomfort, tension and stiffness, and if not treated, can lead to chronic pain. An often overlooked element is the fascia which is your dog's connective tissue that provides the framework for their body.

Muscle tension and stiffness can also be caused by stress, repetitive movements, scar tissue from a previous injury, and overuse due to compensation for other painful areas such as achy arthritic joints, hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia, tendonitis, muscle strains, or after surgery.

Moreover, your dog’s fascia can play a role in your muscle stiffness in dogs as age, poor posture and a lack of movement can cause the fascia to thicken, and become ‘sticky’ and tight. When it ‘dries up’ and tightens around muscles, it can cause tight and stiff muscles, limit mobility and the development of trigger points.

dog stiffness and pain