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Please help The other day my dog whimpered when we went to

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The other day my dog whimpered when we went to pick him up. We had no idea why, he then began panting all night and would not jump on the bed. He hasnt lost his appetite and has been drinking water. He had a yellow mucus in his poop but a solid poop. No diarrhea though but every once in awhile he will whine when we go to pick him up. My boyfriend keeps saying he is fine because he hasnt vomited and has energy as well as an appetite.
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with your Australian shepherd. Back pain should be an important differential diagnosis in your dog. Supportive evidence of such pain may include vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, ataxia (“drunken sailor”), trembling/shaking (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in his back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". His vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about your dog's spine looking for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of a slipped disk although I would find a slipped disk unusual in a dog of his young age. Perhaps he simply strained or sprained his back. Conservative care involves the use of a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam, a narcotic analgesic such as tramadol, and a skeletal muscle relaxant such as methocarbamol or diazepam. These drugs are usually administered for at least ten days. Most simple back injuries will remiss within a few weeks. It's important to keep these dogs as quiet as possible lest they hurt themselves further.

Should paresis (weakness) or paralysis arise in any limb(s) - unlikely - he'll need the attention of his vet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thank you for the response. He dosent show any signs of posture change or a beahvior change. He is still very active with his sister and runs around. He has jumped on the bed when he feels like it and jumps off when he doesent want to be up any more. I noticed he dosent jump up all the time, and will stand on the side of the bed. And then we will lift him up and he will sometimes let out a yelp. We have done a once over of his entire body try to recreate the pain but to no avail.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

Thank you for the additional information. I suspect that he's minorly affected - a simple sprain or strain which makes more sense than a slipped disk at his age. I would continue to "watchful wait" at this time. Please continue on in our conversation if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.
Hi Carina,

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

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