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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) Did I understand correctly that the hot spot has already healed? 2) Does he vocalize when his neck is moved in any other fashion, including side to side? 3) What medication was he placed on at the time? Is he on any meds now? If so, what? 4) Have any diagnostics been performed like neck x-rays?
If he's still painful, I would push for more diagnostics and better medication to address his pain. The carprofen is an NSAID and if he's truly painful something like Tramadol, Gabapentin, etc. would be more suited to helping him (keeping in mind, of course, that he has a tendency toward being 'sensitive' anyhow). That said, x-rays of his neck and back would be wise as this is potentially not growing pains. 2 weeks of pain following a medication regimen should give the staff reason to look for a more plausible cause of the discomfort, especially if you've been giving the medication regularly. It's also important that Jax is allowed plenty of time to rest (need to minimize not only activity but also need to switch to a harness from a collar, even if it's never used). With the risk of a tick borne illness here, you should be starting to see some benefits from the doxycycline soon, if not already. More TBD cause joint issues than just lyme, so it's a good thing treatment was elected regardless of a result of the lyme test.Let me know if I can help further.
Checking in. How is your companion doing today?