- Muscle pain in dogs can be caused by overexertion, rough play with other dogs, or overuse of muscles
- It can occur if a dog is immobile for long periods of time.
- Muscle pain can also be due to spinal misalignments caused by bad posture.
- Muscle pain in dogs can be caused by sudden movements in the midst of play. Sprains occur just as they do in humans. Most sprains are fully resolved within 2 days or so, with prompt home remedy treatments.
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Symptoms of Muscle Pain in Dogs
- Dogs naturally have instincts to hide their pain. It is sort of a survival skill to avoid appearing weak and vulnerable.
- Some symptoms that can be evident to an observant and involved pet owner, may be a limp or hunched over posture, panting excessively at rest, a far away stare, restlessness, gets up and lays down frequently or circles around impatiently. Some quiet wimpering may be barely audible.
Home Remedies for Muscle Pain in Dogs
- Therapeutic massage, along with aroma therapy, has been very effective in treating muscle pain in dogs, as well as relieving the associated anxiety and restlessness that accompanies it. Lavender is a natural home remedy for anxiety and calming. Ginger is a natural home remedy that works as an antiinflammatory agent.
- Ice is effective to decrease soft tissue swelling as occurs with muscle pain in dogs.
- Warm compresses can be applied to for comfort, pain relief, and to reduce swelling.
- Rest of the injured muscle is important to promote healing in dogs with muscle pain.
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- Willow bark is an effective herb for muscle pain in dogs. This herb is also easy on the stomach.
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