Muscle Pain in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes and Natural Home Remedies

Causes of Muscle Pain in Dogs

  • 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. This situation causes the muscles to shorten in one area, which in turn, causes other muscles to be overworked in trying to compensate.
  • 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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