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Hello, I'm Dr Gary. I've been practicing veterinary medicine since 2007. I look forward to helping with your questions/ concerns.
This yelping and holding up a front leg is actually a common sign with neck pain and a bulging disc or disc herniation of the cervical spine.
We usually don't get pain on palpation of the leg, but if you stretch the neck up/ down/ left/ right, that's when we usually get the response.
The treatment in mild cases of pain is with anti-inflammatory meds (Rimadyl, Metacam), other nerve pain meds (Gabapentin) and resting for 1-2 weeks. In severe cases with neurologic deficits, we'll recommend an MRI and disc removal surgery. This is not typically needed in most cases.
I would have your vet take a look and start some pain meds when you're able to get in.
I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.