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Old 05-17-2012, 06:27 PM
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My Pekingese is in pain!

My 4 year old male Peke, Percy, began acting "uncomfortable" during a walk several days ago. Since that walk he has been showing signs of increasing distress every day. The vet took 2 xrays and saw nothing other than some slight signs of arthritis and he prescribed previcox, robaxin, and tramadol. Percy cries, whines, and barks like he is in excruciating pain when he tries to move. He repeatedly turns as if trying to poop but can't seem to find a comfortable position. When he does poop, it's in fairly small amounts. He'll carry on like this for 1/2 hr and then becomes quiet and still for several hrs until he starts it all over again. The vet said there are no signs of obstruction, no ruptured disc and no signs of disc disease and attributed his presentation of being in so much pain as some likely "tingling" in the hind area - similar to what a human feels if an extremity has gone to sleep. I find it hard to believe that this dog is showing such signs of pain because of some "tingling" sensation. I feel something is being missed but have already forked out $400 on 2 office visits and meds? Has anyone seen or heard of this?

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Poor Percy!

Personally I would consider getting a second opinion asap.
Best of luck!
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Yes, I second the second opinion idea!

Its usually pretty difficult to see disc problems with just an x-ray. You might consider taking your dog to a specialty practice such as an orthopedist or neurologist for further testing.
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When I worked at the the Internal Medicine specialty clinic a Dach came in having a lot of pain. X-rays...Ultra Sounds showed nothing. This went on for days. He went home only to come back. The scoped him and did not find anything. Still nothing changed. It was not until they did exploratory surgery that they found a plastic piece of a toy in his bowel. Could he have gotten a hold of something? Did they check his anal glands?
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Yes, they did check the anal glands but thank you for pointing out that x rays won't necessarily reveal everything. He had been quiet for the last few hours but just woke up again, yelping, barking, turning around frantically trying to poop. Again, small amount and runny - not normal! He seems to be getting worse each day. I think I may take him to Med Vet, an er animal facility @ an hour away. Question is, do I go tonight or wait until tommorow. Don't know how much more he can take (or me)
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Wow, that's a hard question to answer. Look for replies from Holly or Mythbuster. They are our medical experts.

TBH, I'm not real impressed with your vet's explanation of "tingling".

I am concerned with the apparent pain and the runny poop.

How has his appetite been?
How is his activity level.
Is he peeing?
Have you taken his temperature?
How is his general affect?
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Hasn't wanted food since a.m. (unusual), if he's not frantically running around yelping, he's still and is totally listless, rapid breathing. Has been peeing, temp is 101.4 which I think is is normal range
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Hasn't wanted food since a.m. (unusual), if he's not frantically running around yelping, he's still and is totally listless, rapid breathing. Has been peeing, temp is 101.4 which I think is is normal range
listless, rapid breathing ... frantic... very, very concerning...

If he were my dog, I'd be taking him to the e-vet tonight.


could be something internal that is critical.... ie an emergency.
What you describe does not follow as a disc issue necessarily (which would be less of an emergency)
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really sounds like something in his gut to me.

seems very urgent.

if his gums are pale, then that is even more urgent. wrap him in a blanket and drive, safely, to the e-vet.
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My 4 year old male Peke, Percy, began acting "uncomfortable" during a walk several days ago. Since that walk he has been showing signs of increasing distress every day. The vet took 2 xrays and saw nothing other than some slight signs of arthritis and he prescribed previcox, robaxin, and tramadol. Percy cries, whines, and barks like he is in excruciating pain when he tries to move. He repeatedly turns as if trying to poop but can't seem to find a comfortable position. When he does poop, it's in fairly small amounts. He'll carry on like this for 1/2 hr and then becomes quiet and still for several hrs until he starts it all over again. The vet said there are no signs of obstruction, no ruptured disc and no signs of disc disease and attributed his presentation of being in so much pain as some likely "tingling" in the hind area - similar to what a human feels if an extremity has gone to sleep. I find it hard to believe that this dog is showing such signs of pain because of some "tingling" sensation. I feel something is being missed but have already forked out $400 on 2 office visits and meds? Has anyone seen or heard of this?
Has your dog had any x rays to see if he has a blockage ? I would go to a ER vet or another vet , . Is he peeing OK , can he lift his hind leg OK like a boy or does he have to pee like girl dog?
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