My dog has Nerve damage and loss of use of front leg-ideas what the issue could be?
he is in severe pain after visits to vets, emerg clinic. xrays are normal, blood work only shows he is under stress. He has brusing in his arm pit of the effected leg. After 5 days of rest, anti-inflammatories, steroids (then switched to non-steroid), pain meds, icing the area. Shouldn't we see some improvement and less pain daily? He is unable to put any pressure on the paw
now, where two days ago he was hobbling on it. Radial Nerve Damage states he would have pain in the leg below the elbow, his pain is in the shoulder and chest. He is an outside dog, he has 5 acres of gated property to run on, no large animals, we can only guess his leg was injured when he was chasing a small animal, and his leg fell into a hole and he ripped the nerves getting out.
He is now on tramadol 50mg-3, every 8 hrs, gabapentin 100 mg-2, every 12 hrs.
Any ideas as to what is going on? How could he have nerve damage adn bruising with no swelling and nothing showing up on the x-ray.
Also, what to do to help him get around? with the pain in the chest and shoulder all the harnesses and carts would put pressure on the painful area...