Humans share many physical traits with our animal companions, including back pain. While your dog won’t likely strain their back moving furniture, they could certainly hurt themselves jumping off of the couch. They could even damage a spinal disc.
Veterinarian Paul Bookbinder elaborates on disc disease in dogs.
"The discs can degenerate very early in life, sometimes as early as one or two years of age. And if you think of it as a donut, think about the donut getting stale. And the stale donut can crack," Bookbinder said. "And when it cracks, some of the jelly on the inside can come out through the crack and press up against the spinal cord."
Although disc disease can be managed, Bookbinder said there are simple things that can help prevent disc problems.
"Starting as babies, I don't ever want them to go upstairs on their own. I want you to teach them to wait for you, pick them up, carry them upstairs, wait for you at the top of the stairs and you'll carry them back down. And I never, ever want them to jump on and off furniture," Bookbinder said.
If your dog seems a little slow to get up, or a little bit stiff, talk to your vet about possible causes for the issue.