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Last night dog slipped/fell when jumping up on bed...he

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Last night dog slipped/fell when jumping up on bed...he immediately started yelling and shaking and panting...difficult to find a specific injury location. Walking very gingerly today...gave him some aspirin and he seemed tiny bit better until he tried to jump on couch and all started again. Certain times you pick him up he cries. Just doing a lot of laying now. How would I know if it's a spinal cord injury or hip? He's a 3 year old mini labradoodle in good health.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I am so very sorry to hear about your little Enzo. My primary concern is an injury to the back not hip from your description which can be a tear/ strain but more of a concern is a herniation or pinched disc

Here is more information on this condition:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx

Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to definitively diagnose the problem and start on appropriate medication to control the discomfort. Until you are able to do this please restrict activity (which often they are already doing themselves but that means no steps/ stairs and only carrying to go potty) and rotating warm and cool compresses on the back/ hips in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.

You can also do light circular massage up and down the back to stimulate blood flow if this is not too painful and will allow it.

To pick your dog up please use one hand between front legs and then scooping behind back legs to avoid pressure in the middle of the back. I have actually trained my little dogs to put their front legs on my forearm to minimize pressure on their backs and the associated discomfort because they too will cry out if picked up a certain way due to back pain.

Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with. I hope you are able to get your little one comfortable soon, truly.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 month ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, how is Enzo doing after we spoke last night? I would love an update when you are able.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!