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Jane Lefler, Breeder,Behaviorist, formerVet Asst
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My dachshund is 4 years old and seems like he may have hurt

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my dachshund is 4 years old and seems like he may have hurt his back he is walking slow sometimes a little prance but he yelps when getting up sometimes and seems like he is shivering and his breathing is a little fast he just lies down a lot called my vet can't see him till Monday
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sir or Madam,
My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.
It does sound like he may have injured his back. Dachshunds are prone to back injuries and Intervertebral Disc Disease. It's entirely possible your dog has this condition or has injured his back. You can read more about this here:
http://www.dachshund-dca.org/discbook.html
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:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-cervical-area/page1.aspx
Now if you were not seeing the vet pretty quickly, then buffered aspirin might help relieve some of his discomfort but if used, your vet wouldn't be able to give a more appropriate anti-inflammatory medication when your dog was seen. However, keeping him as inactive as possible even to the point of crating except for leashed walks to eliminate can help keep the discs steady and eliminate irritation to the injury and help the disc heal a little quicker.
Now abdominal pain can also cause a dog to move slowly, yelp with movement and shiver and paint with discomfort. If he has had any greasy foods or fatty foods, he may have a touch of pancreatitis. Symptoms of pancreatitis vary but include vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, weakness or collapse, dehydration, shock, fever, depression, and upper abdominal pain. A dog may indicate abdominal pain by acting restless, panting, crying or wincing when picked up, shaking, standing with an arched back, or lying with the front end down and the rear end elevated
You can read about it in detail here:
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+1580&aid=335
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/acute-pancreatitis-in-dogs/page1.aspx
In many cases, the dog will be reluctant to eat or slow to eat since they are in pain. . You can give your dog some pepcid or Zantac. Read about Pepcid dosages and usage information here: http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/famotidine-pepcid/page1.aspx
Zantac can be given to a dog at .25 to 1mg per pound every 8-12 hours. Read about usage here:
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/ranitidine-hcl-zantac/page1.aspx
You might also check his anal glands as problems their can affect a dog's appetite since it can be uncomfortable for a dog to eliminate when anal gland problems are present. You will want to check to see if your dog's anus is swollen. This may cause a dog to continue to lick the area and many dogs drag their rears on the ground to help self express them.
The anal glands are 2 sacs on either side of the anus at about the 4' o'clock and 8 o'clock positions. If your dog is continually licking their anus and dragging it, it could also indicate that they are full. This problem can usually be resolved by emptying out the glands. To empty them or express them, you will want to cover the area with a tissue and press your finger on the dog's anal glands with an upward motion. A foul smelling liquid should come out. If nothing comes out and your dog appears to be in pain, you should take him to the Vet. Your vet can do this easily, as he is experienced at it.
Excellent site on anal glands
http://www.dr-dan.com/analsac.htm
http://www.marvistavet.com/html/body_anal_sacs.html
Unfortunately, without an exam I can not tell you which is the cause, but you might be able to rule out various possibilities based on the information I have supplied.
I hope this information is helpful to you. If you need more information or clarification, please reply and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are satisfied, please take the opportunity to rate.
Expert:  Jane Lefler replied 1 year ago.
Hi Pam,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Ammo. How is everything going?
Jane Lefler