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My name is***** and I'm sorry to hear that Toby seems to have a sore back today. What part of his back seems painful? Is he eating and drinking okay? Any vomiting or diarrhea? Will he jump on or off furniture? Will he stand on his hind legs?
Please let me know the answers to these questions so that I can help you tonight.
Okay. That is great information, thanks so much!
It does sound exactly he has back pain. (Sorry I asked questions about this, sometimes abdominal pain can look like back pain, that is what I was trying to determine).
The most common cause of sudden onset back pain in short-legged long back dogs is a blown disc.
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He also is likely in severe pain. Do you have a local animal ER near you? Can you take him tonight or tomorrow morning?
That sounds great. I will be online most of tomorrow if you want to give me an update.
How is Toby today? How is his back doing? Do you have any more questions for me?
I am still wondering about his back. Sitting carefully is a sign of back pain but can also be a sign of anal gland issues. Can you examine his anal glands?
Is he jumping on and off the furniture or standing on his hind legs today? If not, these are classic symptoms of back pain.
I know how you feel! Trying to guess what is going on based on behavior and history can be so tricky.
That is weird that your local ER doesn't help or make diagnoses. Is there only one ER near you?
Hmmm....that one isn't too far, but still a bit of a drive. It may be worth it to consider the drive if you think that Toby is really suffering.
Okay. That sounds like a good plan. I will be online for most of today if you have any more questions about him.
How is Toby today? Did you take him to your vet today? How is his back? Do you have any more questions?
How is Toby today? Is his pain better?