I have a six year old coocker spaniel. Last year he had an injury going from the back set tot he front seat of my car. He got stuck between the two front seats.This caused him to be in pain and not able to jump. He also had problems going to the bathroom because he could not hold himself up. He had a lump in his back when this occurred.I had him on pain meds and metacam.Within the last two weeks I noticed that he was having a problem jumping an going up and down stairs. One morning he jumped off my bed and yelped. Again he had a lump on his back and problem with his left leg.I am really concerned because I just met someone with a cocker spaniel taht just had disc surgery.Should I have his back checked out for disc disease?The same thing happened with his ba
Type of Animal: American Cocker Spaniel
Pet's Gender: Male
Pet's Age: 6
rest and metacam
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I would definitely have hm checked for a back injury or a disc problem. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs. You can read about this here:
A common issue in dogs with disc problems is their reluctance to jump and use stairs. Many owners have a little set of stairs at the bottom of their bed to allow a dog the ability to get on the bed without having to jump up. If the dog already has back problems, they might have a carpeted ramp.
Before you can have him seen I would be sure he has strict crate rest. Only allow him out to eliminate and only on leash. If you have to lift him, be sure to support his back legs with one hand and his chest with the other to avoid stress on the back. I can not comment on the metacam as you really shouldn't give prescription drugs to your dog without notifying your vet. Some drugs can cause organ failure and thus bloodwork is done prior to staring or restarting them on a medication.
I would have him seen as soon as you can and keep him calm and inactive as possible until then. I hope this information is helpful to you.
Former vol Vet Assistant.Breeder 16+ years Dog trainer / behaviorist