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My Great Dane has a sudden acute back pain causing hunching…

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My Great Dane has...

My Great Dane has a sudden acute back pain causing hunching and strange walk on hind end for last 4 days. I had some prednisone & gave him two tonight. Is it possible one dose may be enough??

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'll do all I can to help. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?

No wound- i think he strained back. He is 11 yrs old & in good health. He has prescriptions for tramadol & Gabapentin PRN. I gave the last two days- he has been resting (not playing with Beagle brother). I used a massager on back & hips- he seemed to enjoy/relax

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the Great Dane's name?

Zeke

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

No... he really has been fine (but he is older). I don't take him for walks anymore but instead let him stroll in lg backyard. He does try to play with my Beagle ::)

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Dog Veterinarian: Heath Wilkerson,
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Hi, Dr. W here. I'm sorry to hear this.

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Dog Veterinarian: Heath Wilkerson,
 replied 3 months ago

Whether you use NSAID's or an actual steroid like prednisone, he will need at least a week's worth. In addition to the Tramadol/Gabapentin, your vet will likely also want to add a muscle relaxant. It sounds like that should be everything you need for a muscle sprain/strain.

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Hi,

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

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