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Has Lucky had any recheck x-rays since the onset of the pain?Is he on any medications?Are you seeing him vocalizing during or after the defecation?
The reason I asked about the x-rays is that the possibility exists that a different area of the spine may be affected now instead of where it was causing him problems before. If this persists, you'll need to have him examined for sure and diagnostics performed on his back once again. These types of situations can occur spontaneously or with injury. In his case, it may be both and the injury may have set him up for future problems although only one area was originally injured badly enough to require surgery. The difficulty walking after stooling makes me wonder if there is not a pinched nerve that is happening when he postures to produce stool. I would personally recommend diagnostics to see if this might be the case. Even a few days on pain medication may help to determine if this is related to a nerve being pinched or something more concerning.
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Is he on any other meds?
Absolutely carry on with the rimadyl, especially if it seems to help at all.