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My 4 yr old boston terrier stiffens up and yelps when touch.

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my 4 yr old boston terrier stiffens up and yelps when touch. I belive fromsomething wrong with neck.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.

Hello and welcome,

Just to let you know that I am locked on to your question and am working on it now.

My name is***** and I am a small animal vet with many years experience and rest assured I will do my best to answer your question to your satisfaction today. You can expect a written reply sometime within the next fifteen minutes or so.

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Dr Scott

Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 2 years ago.

Hello again and thanks for waiting.

I have worked out an answer for you below ...

1. Neck pain or upper back pain is not uncommon in dogs, usually it is not so serious, a bit like back pain in people and will often resolve with a little rest and some anti inflammatory drugs. However now and again it can be more serious when it is caused by a slipped disk type injury, as this then can pressure the spinal cord.

2. What to do about it? : Well if the symptoms continue then you should have Pepper checked over by your vet as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs plus rest are your best way forward. And a minority of dogs will need further diagnostics such as X-ray.

3. However I am aware that some owners successfully resolve this condition by the use of strict rest for a week or so and then a gradual return to exercise combined with aspirin as the anti-inflammatory drug. It is also good to use a chest harness and lead rather than a collar and lead to reduce trauma to the neck.

4. A typical dose rate for aspirin in the dog would be 5 mg per pound of your dog's body weight given twice daily. The judgement whether to dose with aspirin is of course up to you but here is a link to an accurate web page with all the facts you might need including contraindications : LINK

{ The vast majority of the other over the counter human pain killers / anti-inflammatory meds such as Tylenol { acetaminophen } or Ibuprofen for example should be avoided because of many reports of side effects and toxicity issues in the dog related to these drugs } .

I hope I have covered your question fully enough but if you would like further clarification or to talk things over a bit more then I will be on-line for the next hour or so and I will be more than pleased to continue working with you.


Dr Scott.
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