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Our dog has recently (in the last month or so) started yelping

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Our dog has recently (in the last month or so) started yelping when we touch him lightly on his back. He jumps like he is startled and let's out a yelp like he is hurt. He won't jump anymore like he used too and mostly just lies around. I'm not sure what caused it or how to help him. He is a pit mix breed and is about 5 years old.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. His behavior - vocalizing when approached or touched as well as reluctance to jump up or down or navigate steps - are signs pathognomonic (particularly indicative) of back pain - most often associated with intervertebral disk disease (a "slipped disk") in our dogs. This is usually addressed conservatively with a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam +/- a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam +/- a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol. Exercise restriction is important.
Dodge's vet may recommend X-rays of Dodge's spine to better understand the extent of Dodge's back pain. Most important, if Dodge became paretic (weak) or, indeed, paralyzed in any limb, he needs to be attended to by his vet at your earliest convenience. Those dogs may be surgical candidates.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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