Joints are meant to move but sometimes they can get “stuck.” This is called vertebral subluxation complex or VSC.

What might cause my dog to have a vertebral subluxation complex (VSC)?

  • Transporting
  • Trauma
  • Lack of exercise
  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Activities/animal’s job (hunting, agility, Frisbee, showing, police dogs etc)
  • Collar/harness
  • Birthing process
  • Environment (where animal sleeps, flooring etc)
  • Surgery or history of surgery, anesthesia

What are some signs that my dog has a VSC?

  • Animal sitting to one side
  • Preferring to lay on one side
  • Behavioral changes
  • Tail laying more to one side
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Undefined lameness (after a veterinarian has assessed situation)
  • Refusing to go up or down stairs
  • Refusing to jump into the car/climbing
  • Performance has decreased (i.e. in agility or competitions)
  • Nails wearing unevenly
  • Stiffness