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Hello and thank you for your question. It appears that the Expert you were hoping to speak with is not currently available. I have stepped in to assist you in their absence. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?1) When did this start? 2) Does he still jump down once placed on the couch? 3) Have there been any episodes to suggest pain, such as vocalization? 4) Is he taking any medication regularly? 5) Any past history of injury?
If it does not make improvement soon, it would be wise to schedule an exam for him. Small breed dogs are predisposed to a condition known as intervertebral disk disease which may present itself anywhere from soreness all the way to paralysis. This type of concern usually keeps them from wanting to jump onto or off of surfaces, and may well cause mobility issues as time progresses or if the condition worsens. Most dogs, at least during the initial presentation, have some soreness and issue moving at least some part of their body (a range of motion test can be performed by your vet to see if anything from stem to stern is off on your kiddo).There's more info here: http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/neurological/c_dg_intervertebral_disc_diseaseBecause he's on other medication, I would recommend reaching out to the prescribing veterinarian to ensure that they're willing to allow you to treat a few days at home. Canine-safe NSAIDs are ideal, but you can give aspirin in a pinch. More information: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/During a physical, your vet is likely to recommend x-rays to be sure nothing underlying is missed and may place your boy on canine-safe NSAIDs, muscle relaxers and pain medication, as well. Kennel rest is typically recommended. Within a few days, he should be back to feeling like himself. It's also likely that they will recommend avoidance of allowing him to jump onto and off of elevated surfaces as this increases the risk for injury. Pet stairs are available and recommended for just such a concern.If my answer has helped you, please take the time today to leave positive feedback for me. This is the only way that I will be compensated for assisting you. Your satisfaction is my primary focus, so if questions remain please respond so that I may finish answering your question before you rate my service.
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