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My dog has a arched back no pain, Lilly age 14, No

Customer Question

Hi my dog has a arched back no pain
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is your dog's name and age?
Customer: Lilly age 14
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: No
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern.What breed is Lilly?When did this start?Could you send a clear photo illustrating the arch?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
shih tzu
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
3 days ago
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.
I cannot personally make phone calls but can continue talking via typing if that's OK with you.So Lilly has had an arched back for 3 days now?Does she have any other signs such as slow walking, reluctance to jump, reduced appetite, panting or vomiting?
Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

Without further information it is difficult for me to provide the best advice for Lilly, but I will certainly try.

Please reply when you can and we can continue the conversation.

Back arching can have several causes in an older Shih Tzu and we would consider:


  • Intervertebral disc disease ( a slipped disc)

  • A muscle strain

  • Abdominal pain due to e.g. bladder stones or pancreatitis

  • Exacerbated arthritis

  • Spondylosis 

  • Anal gland abscess

  • Etc

As the arching has not improved and has been going on for several days, it is vital Lilly is seen by a vet.

They will examine her and pay special attention to her back and abdomen.

If concerned, they may advise we run some tests such as imaging and a blood test.

Her treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g. anti inflammatories, pain relief or anti nausea medicine.

Hopefully we can get on top of this soon, as I'm sure it is a worry for you.

Expert:  Linda Simmon replied 12 days ago.

I do hope this helps and please let me know if there is anythign else.

Wshing your dog a speedy recovery.