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My XXXXX XXXXX is holding her right leg up . We took her to

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My XXXXX XXXXX is holding her right leg up . We took her to the vet . Steroids for 7 day , may have swollen disc in neck X-ray show nothing . She was able to walk on it . 2 days after steroids stopped she started holding leg again . Steroids for 7 more days this time they didn't help. Is there any other treatment or cause for this disorder ? She is 12 ans we are not to keen on surgery for her
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.

It does sound like this may be a disc issue. Disc herniations in the neck can cause a "root sign" where they hold up a leg. I usually treat these guys with 1-2 weeks of anti-inflammatory meds (steroids or non-steroidals), Gabapentin (nerve pain medication) and often Tramadol (opiate pain medication). Steroids alone are not typically enough, that's why I add the other meds.

I also give them 2-4 weeks of strict exercise restrictions. This means that they are crated the majority of the day with quick leash walks only. No jumping. No running around. I know it's easier said than done with a jack russel, but all it takes is one time jumping on/ off a bed or couch and you're right back to square one.

If the 2-4 weeks of exercise restrictions and pain management don't work, then I would see a neurologist. At that time, the next option is surgery to remove the disc.

Some people will also try acupuncture with the pain meds. That is a fair option as well. The jury is still out whether it helps or not, but some really do think it improves their comfort.

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your answer. How can I tactfully pass this info on to my vet? She did use the. Steroid treatment.
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.
You can ask if there are other pain meds that may be helpful and bring up gabapentin and tramadol. See which ones she's comfortable with.

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