All types of dogs can suffer from back pain, but it is often noticeable in a working, agility or racing dog where performing at their optimum is essential.

Symptoms of possible back pain

  • Limping or lameness
  • Not distributing weight on all four feet
  • Not being able to run fast
  • Showing aggression or pain
  • Reluctance to play
  • Difficulty jumping/getting up or down
  • Lack of performance e.g agility training or greyhound racing


Possible causes of back pain

  • Trauma
  • Twisting
  • Leaping in the air
  • Falling
  • Slipping
  • Over weight or unfit
  • Illness
  • Collars (excessive pulling causing neck problems)