Hi this is Dr. Jenn :-) while it is hard to tell for sure without examining Thor I have a sneaking suspicion that he may have injured his neck (cervical spine) during his sneeze attack. If you hold a treat and try to get him to follow it up,down, and side to side is there a hesitancy to lift his head up?
This certainly does sound like a neck issue to me. Typically what happens is they get a pinching of the disc in between the vertebrae. My recommendation would be if you have a local veterinarian to take him in so that he can get the proper pain control. Aspirin by itself would be OK in a pinch but not the best. We typically also prescribe a pain medication like tramadol and a muscle relaxer like methocarbamol along with a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory.
He may be more willing to eat and drink if you actually bring the food and water up to him so that he does not have to bend his neck down to reach it.
That works. Just give me a minute to calculate the correct aspirin dosage for you just to make sure that we are giving him the correct amount in the meantime.
While a full 81 mg aspirin is technically within his dosage range it is a bit higher than I typically like to give. If you are able to cut the tablets such that you could give him 3/4 of a tablet of an 81 mg aspirin that would be best. It can be given every 12 hours.
Definitely not. If anything it would probably irritate his sore neck even more.
Aspirin and rest!
You’re welcome :-)
Great to hear!! You’re very welcome :-)
It is. Make sure you are keeping him as still as possible when he feels ok.
Hi there. I think honestly with as long as this has gone on for it’s time for a vet visit. They may even want to do some x-rays at this point. Try and hold off on the aspirin until you can get him in as it will affect what medications they are able to put him on.
I wouldn’t say that it’s normal given his young age. Unfortunately often an mri is needed to see spinal issues
:-/ do you live in an area where tick borne disease such a Lyme occurs?
Ok good. Poor guy. The back leg stiffness could be from him compensating for the neck pain.
Rest for sure. Short potty walks. I would give it a few days to resolve before taking him back since he’s normal otherwise.
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