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She cries when she gets picked up near her rib cage or

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She cries when she gets picked up near her rib cage or abdominal area and is scared to jump, but other then that, she acts normal, she happy, wags her tail, barks at other dogs, and likes to go out for her walks
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the veterinarian. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Candy. She's 5 years of
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about She 's?
Customer: She had about 4 births and got spayed in May 2016
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today! Please give me a few moments to type my response and I will be right back!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

I am so very sorry to hear about your little Candy. My primary concern is an injury to the back, not necessarily doing something like jumping off the furniture and crying out, they can be walking around the house and have a strain/ sprain of their rib or back.

Ideal is to have your veterinarian evaluate your dog to definitively diagnose the problem and start on appropriate medication to control the discomfort (which these subtle signs are indicating). 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 back in ten minute intervals to reduce pain and increase blood flow.

You can also do light circular massage up and down the back 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. 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 because they too will cry out if picked up a certain way due to back pain.

I have two little dogs and both display these symptoms but yet otherwise act perfectly normal. I have a physical therapist that does massage and laser therapy on areas she has found that are tender and they are great for a while then slide backwards into these patterns again indicating their discomfort. Staff knows not to pick my dogs up unless I hand them over because they will cry if picked up certain ways. I can tell you my little girl dog will not jump up or hesitates to jump then Deanna the PT works on her and within minutes she is back to normal again!

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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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I read that if they have a back sprain she should have a curved back but she doesn't have that
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Not necessarily, that is going to be an acute disc or a chronic injury. Some dogs with a mild sprain or injury can move perfectly normal and I can attest even as a veterinarian I cannot find some of the spots that are painful on my dogs that the PT can. For example, my little girl has a perfectly level back and has a lumbosacral strain frequently that prevents her from jumping up and if picked up causes pressure there and she will cry out and literally jump out of your arms in pain but otherwise acts perfectly normal

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance to you both today

If the information I have provided was helpful I would be grateful if you would rate our chat at the top of the screen so I am compensated for my time. Thank you and best of luck to you both, truly!

Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 10 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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