Pulling on leash-collar disc stress


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



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?




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


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