Pain in Back

Cat or dog has an unpleasant sensation in the back. Pain in back areas can be quite miserable for pets, even when it is mild. Back pain can range from mild to severe and can be chronic or intermittent. Furthermore, there are many things that can cause pain in back areas of dogs and cats including injuries, spinal dislocations, degenerative discs and various infections. Pinched nerves, spinal instability and kidney disease can cause back pain in dogs and cats as well.

Pain in Back

How to Recognize

A change in posture, refusal to move, inability to walk properly, yelping, crying, visible injuries to the back, fever, and loss of appetite are signs that your pet may have pain in the back.


Possible causes of pain in the back include trauma, a fracture or dislocation, kidney disease, disc disorders, infection, and inflammation.


Your veterinarian will perform a physical exam on your pet, and may use an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to further examine the back.


Treatment varies depending on the cause of the back pain, but may include medication or surgery.

Pain in Back Affects

  • Dogs
  • Cats

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