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My dog is panting and passinggums are red though so assume

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My dog is panting and passinggums are red though so assume air flow is good cannot jump up in a chair as he usually does winces wen he does nothing seems broke or sensitive to touch
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Customer: He seems to be straining to have a Howell movement and his middle area is tight and full
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Please clarify "passinggums". Panting is usually an indication of pain when you're also seeing difficulty jumping up. I first think of spinal pain as would occur with degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk"). Supportive evidence of a disk includes difficulty jumping down and navigating stairs, trembling/shaking (pain responses), a change in posture such as holding the neck stiffly and head lower to the ground or a "hunch" in the back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Straining to defecate (constipation) is commmonly seen with a disk because it's difficult to posture to defecate when it's painful.

Your dog's vet will want to perform a thorough physical exam on your dog paying particular attention to his spine. If areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) are found upon palpation (feeling), a combination of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol, and a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam might be prescribed.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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