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I have been up with my lab all night. He is panting very

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I have been up with my lab all night. He is panting very loud and heavily and having difficulty walking on his back legs. He stays at keeps going to the door as if he need to go out. I have left him out but he can't get back up the 4 stairs. What is up?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear about your own problems and now these worries about T. I just came online; I am sorry you did not get help from an expert until now. My name is Rebecca. I am a veterinarian and will do my best to help.

It sounds like there could be a problem in the nerve function to his back end, or his spinal cord. It could be a slipped disc, a condition called FCE (fibrocartilaganeous embolism) where a piece of cartilage gets lodged in the spinal cord, a stroke (blood clot in his spinal cord). I could not tell you for sure what this is, without being able to examine him.

An FCE is actually good news; these dogs get better with time. If he has a slipped disc, he may do better with things like anti inflammatory medication (aspirin is OK, often we use carprofen or meloxicam, etc.), pain medication (tramadol, gabapentin), and muscle relaxants (methocarbamol; do NOT give a dog Flexeril,a muscle relaxant for people). However, some dogs with slipped discs do not recover, or may need surgery.

Panting can be a sign of pain. Has the aspirin helped at all? I am sorry to say that it sounds like he needs to be seen and treated by a veterinarian. If my own dog had these symptoms, I would not be trying to treat at home.

Let me know if you still need help or have gotten help, and if you have any more questions I can answer.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

I have not heard back from you. I hope you were able to see what I wrote! How is T doing?

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.
Hi Sue,

I'm just following up on our conversation about T. How is everything going?