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Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet Rocco today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Do these bouts of pain occur at a specific time during the day? Is Rocco active prior to the bout of pain?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Has Rocco ever had any problems with the Nasal Kennel cough in the past? Just curious since you mentioned that he was pawing at his nose. One thing I do worry and see often in pugs that demonstrate the signs that Rocco is showing is either neck or back issues. Typically there is a disc problem either the disc bulges or ruptures and Rocco just moving a certain way can cause a pain response that can subside over time. One way you can see if that is the case is to have Rocco stand up and then brace one hand under his chest to support him then firmly apply pressure along his spine. If he seem to yelp or if you notice that his muscles start to flinch when you apply pressure to a certain area then that may be an indication that the problem is in the back.
You can do the same thing with the neck and also gently move the neck in it's normal position flexing and extending it. If you note any discomfort then that will indicate a neck problem.
Just out of curiosity do you know how your veterinarian diagnosed him with distemper? Did he do a distemper titer?
Okay thank you I am assuming your veterinarian diagnosed him based on the signs he was showing but there was no definitive diagnosis. How long ago was he diagnosed? If he continues to have painful episodes I would wonder if it was related to what occurred in the past. Since he is not showing any back or neck pain, then I think about something in the mouth as a potential problem. Does he have any tartar or any redness of the gums as far as you can see?
Okay it was about 3 years ago . So it is probably safe enough to assume that what is going on now is unrelated to what happened 3 years ago. If he has any more bouts, I would try to record them to see if he behavior is consistent or not. Sometimes you can pick up some things when it is recorded that you may miss when it is happening live which may help determine if there is a specific area causing pain.
You may want to take him to your veterinarian just to have a baseline examination with a good prodding and poking so your vet will have something to go on if anything changes.
You are welcome. Let me know if you have any more questions for me.