Mazel has REALLY tight muscles all in her neck, shoulder, hips- basically everywhere. If you massage them, even really gently, they spaz and she contorts her little body and it hurts her.
What do you do about tight muscles in dogs, I have tried massaging them but it really bothers her and I dont really think that it is doing anything. In her right hind leg, it has gotten so bad that she limps sometimes. Does anyone know why it happens, if it is a seccondary problem to something else. Any suggestions on how to help her feel better?
well, you should probably take her to the vet to make sure it isn't something more serious. Bibi has sort of the same problem, but I think hers is due to the fact that she was poorly bred to be very muscular and I heard that dogs who develop too much muscle too fast have joint problems and such....
anyways, maybe you could give her an epsom salt bath? It depends on how well your dog likes water, but if it was that bad, I would probably get in the tub with my dog.
There are also dog vitamins I'm sure you could give for sore muscles. There's also bag balm.....
just some ideas, but don't listen to me, I'm just chopped liver.
From what I understand, muscle tension in dogs is an indicator of pain from another source usually. Is it possible she's hurt her back? I would definitely get it checked out. As in, dogs don't generally get extreme muscle tension like you've described from like palsy or something, that's causing their muscles to seize up. It being abnormal, its definitely worth checking out. Please keep us updated.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 5/26/2005 10:18:30 PM*** Reason: add
She is from a puppy mill so genetically she has some problems. I have given her Mg which is good for muscles but it hasnt really made any noticible difference. How do you think a linament type ointment would be for her?
I had asked my vet about this in the past when it was just tight muscles and she didnt really have much to say, it wasnt this bad though at the time. She runs around and is full of energy and everything except now and again she lifts up her hind leg and doesnt want to walk on it. Maybe we will get it checked out. My poor little pup has had a million things wrong with her, it really goes to show you how important responsible breeding is. Her eye has been acting up again lately too. It has been swolen and leaking constantly- i think that maybe it has developed a little stone or something. She is going to be seeing her eye doctor soon so I will let you guys know what it turns out to be.
Vet, orthopedic, and some chiropractors will treat dogs. You may also want to see a nutritionist that uses standard process products to help you design a nutrition system to help your dogs bones and muscles.
Sometimes when there is pain elsewhere like hip or even knees, the body is forced to compansate with other muscles. So the gait could change because of a sore paw which in turn will cause the back muscles to become knotted. It will most likely not cure itself. Get the dog a physical, if everything is ok, contact a canine massage therapist in your area. Most sessions are about an hour and range from 40-80 dollars. Try www.petmassage.com for Practitioners in your area/
***Edited By: sue on 5/27/2005 3:51:39 PM*** Reason: sdfwergq
I have a cairn that suffers from seizures after she had a reaction to a vaccination. Her muscles all tense up, she loses control of her back leg, then it either stops and she rests or she goes into a seizure. Nothing I can do for her, but we have looked into medications, but not sure which is worse-the effects of the meds or the seizures. We just do our best to keep her environment calm and the same, as it seems that when she gets worked up and her heart starts to beat faster is when we see the seizures.
Another thought, and I'm not sure if this is what you've described or not is Scottie Cramp. I've heard of it in other breeds, not just scotties.
We had her chest x-raxed recently and in the shot you can see her spine and everything looks fine there. We havent had her hips x-rayed so we will see if those will be helpful. It seems that the hip things is seccondary to tight muscles. She has had tight muscles for months now but only had this leg problem for a few weeks. But who knows, maybe it really did all start in the leg.
It doesnt sound like that scottie dog condition and i am quite sure that it is not seizures.
Scout, how does lyme factor into all of this, my father has chrinic lyme disease- he has a lot of muscle fatigue but also a slew of other things. What are other symptoms in dogs?