Why Do Dogs Arch Their Backs? (2022)

Think of a common stretch that a cat might do. Chances are, you can picture a dog stretching and lengthening their back to release any tension or stress they may be carrying in their back. 

What Happens When a Dog Arches Their Back

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

Why Do Dogs Arch Their Back?

Perhaps the most common and logical reason for a dog arching its back is just to stretch and lengthen its muscles and limbs. This may be particularly common in the mornings after your dog wakes up or after getting up from a nap during the day. If they’ve been lying around for a while, they may also feel a need for a stretch upon getting up.

Just a Stretch

Another common yet not healthy reason for a dog arching its back is due to nausea or other gastrointestinal issues. This condition may be associated with unfortunate pain in the dog’s midsection.

Stomach Issues

However, nausea is just one gastrointestinal and stomach-related concern related to the arching of their back. 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

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