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My name is***** and I am sorry to hear that Dudley is acting so strangely this morning. Based on your history, it sounds like he is in pain. When he is "arching his back" is his back going up and curved like a rainbow or does his belly go down so his back looks like a spoon?
Is he having any vomiting or diarrhea? Eating and drinking normally? Any changes in urination? Does he usually jump on and off furniture or go up and down stairs? Is he still able to do that now?
Please answer these questions so that I can help you and Dudley today.
Kansas State University,
College of Veterinary Medicine Class of 2001
Thank you for the added information. Based on your history, I think Dudley has back pain. The most common cause of this is a blown disk in his back.
Here is a link to a detailed discussion of this condition:
For home care, cage rest is the best option for him. If you are able to take him to your regular vet or the local animal emergency room, they will be able to prescribe pain medication that is safe for dogs to help him be more comfortable. There are no safe over-the-counter pain medications for dogs.
I hope this helps,
Just a gentle stroke down the back often isn't enough to elicit pain. I like to place my thumb on one side and fingers on the other side of the back muscles and squeeze. The dogs will jump twitch or flinch,but they rarely cry out.
The walking slowly, rounded back and not jumping are hallmark signs of back pain in dogs so I am basing my thoughts on this.
I'm going to be off line for about 2 hours but I will check in this afternoon.
How is Dudley this evening? Is his back feeling better? Any improvement in his energy level?
Do you have any more questions for me?
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