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My dog has been yelping in pain when being picked up, which…

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Hello, my dog has...

Hello, my dog has been yelping in pain when being picked up, which started four days ago. The pain seemed to have started in her hind legs and now has migrated up the spine towards her head. She’s eating and drinking but looks very uncomfortable.

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?

Sweetpea

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Sweetpea?

She’s an older dog maybe 8 or 9 years old, we adopted her. We’ve had her since 2012.

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

I'm sorry to hear of this with Sweetpea. Which breed is she, please?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Boston Rat terrier 50/50
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thank you. While this necessarily be conjecture because I can't examine Sweetpea hands-on, degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") should be an important differential diagnosis in such a miniature dog. Supportive evidence of a disk may include vocalizing when approached or lifted, having trouble jumping up or down and navigating steps, ataxia (“drunken sailor”), trembling/shaking/panting (pain responses), a change in posture such as the neck held rigidly and head lower to the ground or a"hunch" in her back, and a change in behavior - a normally social dog becoming aloof or, conversely, a normally aloof dog becoming "clingy". Sweetpea's vet will want to carefully palpate (feel) about her spine looking for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) suggestive of a disk. 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 disks 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), Sweetpea would need the attention of hervet at your earliest convenience. Such dogs are then surgical candidates for spinal cord decompression. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you for your assistance Doctor. I will take her to her Vet ASAP.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience. You can bookmark this page for ease of return.

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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Everything is great. Sweetpea went to the vent and found out that she has a pulled back muscle. She's an NSAID and muscle relaxer. Bedrest, with decreased mobility. No stairs, jumping, or horseplay with the another dog.
Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 4 months ago

Thnak you for the good update. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. Give Sweetpea a kiss for me.

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