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Dr. Michael Salkin
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My small dog hurt her back shes walking very slowly and when

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my small dog hurt her back shes walking very slowly and when i picked her up i knew she was in pain
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Small dogs suffering back pain - often due to degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") - might vocalize when approached or lifted, have a change in posture - hold their neck stiffly and head lower to the ground, resist jumping up or down or navigating steps, shake/tremble (pain responses), and have a change in behavior - a normally social dog might become reclusive or, conversely, a normally aloof dog become "clingy". Rest and exercise restriction might suffice but it's best to have Jackie's vet thoroughly examine Jackie because her behavior can represent other causes of pain as well. If her back is hyperpathic (increased sensitivity) upon palpation it's likely that her vet will prescribe a potent nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam, and a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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