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Good Morning and welcome! I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
I am so sorry to hear about Oliver. It is not a good sign that he has not responded to the very serious anti inflammatory and pain medications. My concern for sweet Oliver is that survery xrays cannot tell your vet if there is a partial rupture of a disc in his neck or back and now, since nothing has been found, it is very important that you have your vet refer you and Oliver to a Veterinary Neurologist. I say this because the only way to know for sure if there is a disc in his back or neck that is unstable is either contrast xrays or an MRI. This must be your next step since this can be very serious for Oliver and since nothing else has shown up, further diagnostics are required.
MRIs are expensive but contrast xrays may tell your vet if this is a ruptured or partial ruptured disc. There certainly are stronger pain medications such as Fentanyl patches but without knowing what is causing this pain, your vet is basically shooting in the dark. Try to get an answer to Olivers pain....that is the best.Does that make sense to you?
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No, I am sorry but the costs are very different everywhere. Call around to get estimates. The Last MRI that I did cost around $3000 and the contrast xray, usually only done by a Veterinary Neurologist, will run anywhere from $500 to 1500 possibly.
Good luck! I am very worry, as I am sure you are too about your sweet Oliver!