Why Do Dogs Arch Their Backs?

Dogs can have some unique tendencies when it comes to making themselves feel better.

The reasons why a dog may arch their back are plentiful. They range from minor releases of tension to indications of much more serious concerns.

Perhaps the most common and logical reason for a dog arching its back is just to stretch and lengthen its muscles and limbs.

Just a Stretch

Another common yet not healthy reason for a dog arching its back is due to nausea or other gastrointestinal issues.

Stomach Issues

A much more serious condition that may be the cause of their pain and arched back is due to bloating, or gastric dilatation-volvulus.

Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus

Similar to nausea, these reasons can include things like diarrhea, a viral infection, or other internal issues. The arching of the back can bring only temporary relief.

Abdominal Issues

A specific type of abdominal issue that can lead to a dog arching its back includes an anal sac disorder. This condition happens when dogs can move fluids through to their anal sac.

Anal Sac Disorder

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