I have a 7 year old, dapple, long hair mini doxie, she's about 10 pounds. About 3 weeks ago she suddenly began to yelp when we would pick her up. We took her to the vet and had x-rays and blood work done. Nothing that would explain the pain was discovered. (Although the vet did say she had a slight heart murmur.) We were sent home with buprenorphine (we gave her .1ml every 12 hours) and an anti-biotic. She appeared much better 1 to 2 days following the visit. The evening of the 3rd day she began to yelp again, loudly, when we tried to pick her up. So, we took her back in for another exam. The vet pulled and poked, but she wouldn't show that she was in pain. She's back on the pain med, finishing the anti-biotic, and was also prescribed Alproazolam. From all the testimonials from other mini owners I'm wondering if something on the x-ray wasn't missed. My question though is this: Is there anything common to the breed other than back issues that we should be considering? (I might add that she was electrocuted from chewing on a cord at 6 months of age and has a hole in her upper pallet as a result. We are constantly monitoring her for infections.)
Type of Animal: Minitue doxie
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: 7 years on July 15
Keep her from jumping, When she's "picked-up" she is in her doggie bed, and we pick up the whole bed and put her, in her bed, in our bed at night. We give meds as directed. (See narrative). Oh, yeah, check-stool etc, all is fine.
I am an experienced vet and happy to help.
Do you you know if the vet did a myelogram - where dye is injected into the spinal cord?
She did not
As you have mentioned my big concern is a spinal problem in this breed. When I hear "yelp again, loudly, when we tried to pick her up" this indicates to me a spinal problem
An xray does not always pick up a spinal problem and your really need a myelogram to detect compression of the spinal cord
Ok, so this would tell me if there is a disk problem?
Yes the myelogram definitely would or possibly a CT as well.
This can be quite urgent in these breeds as they can lose function of there back legs if this is not picked up early enough
Ok, so the spinal cord is likely the problem....so if there is a compression is surgery the treatment?
Depending on the severity surgery may be required to decompress the spinal cord. HERE is a linking discuss the disease and the different severity/grades of the problem.
Unfortunately the pain relief is likely to be just masking the problem at the moment
Some vets are unable to do a myelogram themselves so you may need to request referral to have this done
Ok, Thank-you, I'll look into this further.
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