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Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
I am so sorry to hear about your guys condition....I know this is scary....
Most likely your guy has suffered an injury to a disc in his back. This is very common in schnauzers because of their conformation. Since he does not have any digestive issues, this is the most likely cause for his pain and odd stance. Since this is deep within the vertebrae, he will not show pain when you touch or palpate these areas. This can happen when he jumps up or down on something or just moves the wrong way. The best thing you can do for now as long as you can force feed your guy some liquified canned dog food, is to give him aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This will decrease the inflammation that is causing his pain and start to stabilize this disc. Do not allow him to jump on or off anything or even climb stairs to allow this disc to stabilize. It is best to have your vet examine him to be sure that this is the case and that this treatment is appropriate.Does that make sense to you?
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