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I'm not sure what the other medication was. It might have been a pain reliever or a combination antiinflammatory medication with pain reliever. However, if she was having difficulties with the medication, then discontinuing it would have been recommended but you should have called your vet so a different medication could have been given.
In addition, you should have been told to keep your dog as inactive as possible for a week or so to give the injury time to heal. We recommend crating and only allowing the dog out on a leash to eliminate. Disc injuries can be serious. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralysis of the rear legs. You can read about this here:
If the pills were an antiinflammatory/pain medication which I suspect it was, then discontinuing them left your dog without antiinflammatory meds to help reduce the swelling and relieve pressure on the nerves in the spine. So your dog's discomfort would be back. Normally I would have expected some improvement with the meds and strict inactivity, but without the meds and her not being contained, it will take her much longer to heal if she does not reinjure the back again.
You might take her to an ER vet and take the medication with you so they will prescribe something a little different for her. Or you could crate her and keep her inactive until you can get back into your vet for a different antiinflammatory/pain medication.
I wish I had something you could do tonight but the only over the counter medication can not be given within a week of many other medications used for this condition. I hope this information is helpful to you and you are satisfied with my response. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have .
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The pills were dexamethasone as well. I have tried to keep her as inactive as possible. We live on the 3rd floor carry her up & down, pick her up to go on & off the bed etc. I feel like it is still her left back leg/hip. I don't understand why the vet didn't do an xray. I think I'm going to take her back to the vet on Monday. I feel so bad for her :-(. What about a bath with Epsom salt? My friend had mentioned that to me.
Thanks so much for explaining things & the advice! I will definitely take her back to the vet on Monday.