Pulling on leash-collar disc stress

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Neuro Corner Answers


Dr. Andrew Isaacs
DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

Primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors


Question

JILL ASKS:

Dodgerslist-DCA-canine spineWith a collar, is pulling backward more stress on the neck than pulling forward? Meaning, your dog pulling you, or you standing in front pulling him forward? Can neck pulling affect a disc in the lower lumbosacral area?

 

 

ANSWER

Both can be stressful on the disks in the neck. If the pull was hard enough it could cause issues with any disk.

Andrew

[Editor’s note: See harness information for the IVDD dog (selecting and fitting) https://dodgerslist.com/2020/05/19/harness-with-leash/






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