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Welcome! Thanks for asking your question. My name is***** am a licensed veterinarian and I will be assisting you today. First I need to ask you a few questions so that I can be well informed and give you the best advice.
1- Was he able to walk?
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Richard, what you are describing is consistent with a possible pinched nerve along the back as a result of a bulging disc. Dogs that are constipated will not loose the ability or willingness to walk, I don't believe this is related to constipation. In this case, we are very limited as to what you can do at home unfortunately. It is important that he is seen by a veterinarian this morning, the sooner he is started on prescription medication the better the prognosis. If he goes untreated it can lead to paralysis. Do Not give over the counter pain killer, most are toxic to dogs and will interfere with certain medications your vet may need to use. I realize that this answer may not be entirely to your liking, and I regret being the bearer of information that you really don’t want to hear. But it would be unfair to you and unprofessional of me were I to provide you with anything less than truthful and honest information. I hope you understand. If cost is a concern look into your local ASPCA or Shelter where they often offer veterinary services at a lower cost.
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That is very good Richard that he is walking. If he is showing signs of pain when bending or sitting this is consistent with neuromuscular pain like a pulled muscle or a pinched nerve like we discussed before.
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