Hello, this is Dr. Jess. It looks like Dr. Peter opted out of your question, so I can step in here. I will tell you that it sounds to me like you are past the point where at home care is appropriate for your dog. His symptoms are progressing, he is now unable to walk and is not eating
, so he has only gotten worse. We do worry about things like a herniated disc in his spine compressing on the spinal cord causing pain and weakness. In mild cases (where a pet still has function/movement of the legs
), we often treat these conservatively with a combination of muscle
relaxer, pain medication, and anti inflammatory (either steroid or NSAID), along with strict confinement (confining to a small kennel for several weeks). In severe cases, surgery may be needed. I cannot tell you if this is what is going on with your dog or not without examining him, but it would be a big suspicion on my list. Here is an article about this disease: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=3223.I would highly advise AGAINST giving any more over the counter pain medication. There are no over the counter pain medications that I consider safe in pets. They are very easy to overdose resulting in liver or kidney issues, and they also have many negative side effects, such as stomach
upset and sometimes bleeding
stomach ulcers. It could be that your dog doesn't want to eat because he has residual GI upset from the medications he was taking. I also worry, could he have some other systemic illness causing general weakness and inappetance (liver or kidney issues). I would strongly recommend getting him into a vet ASAP to get an exam and some appropriate medication. It is the safest thing for him at this point, as there is no safe medications for him you can get over the counter for this issue. Also, if it is a back problem, the longer we delay treating him, the lower his chance of successful recovery. Until you are able to get him in, keep him confined to a small area (sounds like he isnt walking now, so that may not be an issue). Please let me know if you have any other questions. If you do not, please take a moment to CLICK AND RATE our conversation so we can know if you were satisfied with your service and I can get credit for helping to answer your question. Thank you and best of luck!!!