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Welcome and thanks for asking your question. I am sorry to learn Duke is not feeling well. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Any vomiting, diarrhea or coughing?
2- How long has this been going on?
3- Did he get into anything?
4- Any pre existing medical conditions?
5- Is he currently on any medications?
1- Is he walking any different or having trouble getting up?
2- How much does he weigh?
Friend, I am sorry for the delay in response I was offline by the time you came back.
How much does he weigh?
Friend, when a dog is arching the back this is a sign of abdominal or back pain. The fact that he is having trouble getting up I am inclined to believe it is back pain. A very common cause could be a pinched nerve as a result of a bulging disc. I do understand your financial limitations. But, this is an emergency, untreated this could lead to complete paralysis. I would look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost. If you can not get him today to see a vet you can start him on Buffered Aspirin 325mg 1.5 (one & half) tablet every 12 hours for 1 week. You can buy buffered aspirin over the counter in any pharmacy. The better option is not starting the aspirin and having him checked by a vet to start him on prescription anti inflammatory medication and pain killers.
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