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My 7 year old french bulldog who is usually healthy and

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my 7 year old french bulldog who is usually healthy and active has cried in pain while attempting to step up on a footstool, I gave him a 81mg baby aspirin 4 hours ago, he does not want to eat now but ate breakfast and went for a walk....he is laying down but will not put his head down, earlier he was panting but has since quit, after the baby aspirin. but since it is later in the day and was warmer earlier he just might have been warm...
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!

I am so sorry to hear Moose is not feeling well. My suspicion is he injured his neck in some way and that is why he has been panting (an indicator of pain) and not lowering his head. Unfortunately this is a common issue with Frenchies and the baby aspirin likely helped with his neck to some degree but also might have upset his stomach.

Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to definitively diagnose the problem and start on appropriate medication to control the discomfort (less likely to upset the stomach and more effective to manage pain if this is the issue. Until you are able to do this please restrict activity (which often they are already doing themselves but that means no steps/ stairs and only carrying to go potty) and rotating warm and cool compresses on the neck in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.

You can also do light circular massage up and down the neck to stimulate blood flow if this is not too painful and will allow it.

To pick your dog up please use one hand between front legs and then scooping behind back legs to avoid pressure in the middle of the back and neck. I have actually trained my little dogs to put their front legs on my forearm to minimize pressure on their backs and the associated discomfort.

I would also recommend a few other things with the stomach upset:
- A bland diet of white rice and lean boiled meat which will hopefully help settle the stomach
- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.25 mg/ pound every 12 hours for a few days to reduce stomach acids that increase with aspirin administration

Please let me know if you have any additional questions I can assist with. I hope you are able to get your little one comfortable soon, truly.

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Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 1 year ago.

I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier

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