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My doxie has pain in her front left leg shoulder area When i

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My doxie has pain in her front left leg shoulder area
When i touch her shoulder area she shakes still walking but she is holding her head low
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 2 years ago.

Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. I do have a few questions for you to better assess your situation.

How long has this been doing on for?

If you move her neck up and down and from side to side as far as it will go, it she painful there?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Started about 3 hrs ago
When i move her head and neck she tightens up but she doesnt seem in pain
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She went down some up and down some stairs she seemed different after
Expert:  Dr. John replied 2 years ago.

Thanks for the information. I highly suspect that she has a neck injury. Given that Dachshunds are prone to degenerative disk disease and what she was doing when she seemed to get hurt, a herniated disk in the neck is the first thing I would be looking for. The pain can radiate to the limb if it is herniated in that direction. Now, she could have very well just hurt her shoulder or elbow. It would be difficult to say without a full orthopedic exam and potentially an x-ray of the neck and limb. As long as she can walk and rest comfortably, she should be okay to monitor until tomorrow, but I would have your vet check her out. If she really seems like she cannot get comfortable, you can try a cold compress on her shoulder and neck to see if that will help. The only somewhat safe human OTC pain medication you can give dogs is enteric coated aspirin. Even then it can still cause some gastrointestinal problems, such as ulcers and bleeding. Plus, it can limit what your vet can safely prescribe. I don't usually recommend it, unless absolutely necessary. Dosage information is on the website below.

If she really seems restless or cannot walk, then a trip to the emergency vet would be highly recommended. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.

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