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Old 11-09-2017, 05:40 AM
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Dog back problem or something else?

Hi!

First of all, sorry for my bad grammar, I'll do my best to explain my problem the best I can.

I have a small dog that's about 2 years old. He is of a mixed breed and weighs about 16 lbs. I don't know if it matters, but here's a picture of him:



Yesterday at about 10PM, he tried to jump on a couch, but missed it. This happened before and just like in all previous occurrences, there were no signs of him hurting himself. But somehow this time something was wrong.

When he landed on the ground, he instantly screamed in pain a little bit. I helped him getting on the couch and he screamed in pain again. He started shaking, especially in his rear legs. He looked really scared and didn't react to my calls. He started to avoid me as if I did something wrong to him. It's not him. He's the most hyperactive and playful dog I ever had and he never misses a chance to play. Another thing that happened is he started holding his tail down between his legs which is another thing he never does.

Before this occurrence, he has no problem jumping up and down from the bed 100 of times per day and he only had two speeds. He was either sleeping, or running around like a rocket.

Right now, the morning after, his tail is still between his legs. He still has his apetite, he occasionally runs for a few yards, but it's clear something is wrong with him because he isn't playful at all and he rests all the time. He also doesn't jump on his rear legs like he did hundreds of times per day and he doesn't jump onto the bed / couch any more (I help him with that).

I can touch him anywhere on his back without getting a negative reaction. I can massage his rear legs, move his tail, and I don't get any negative reaction.

The only negative reaction I got today was when he was on his back and I massaged his legs, and he suddenly screamed in pain for a moment. It looks like he has some kind of cramps and he isn't relaxed at all.

I know I need to take him to the vet, but I live in a remote place and the chance for me getting him to the vet will be in a few days from now and I don't know what to do until then.
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:01 AM
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I would at least call the vet and explain what happened then ask them what you should do! I wouldn't let him run around at all you don't know whats wrong, and it can just make things worse, that means you need to keep him quiet till you can get him in to see the vet!!
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I would talk to the vet and get an idea of what it could be.

It happened to my pup once. Same situation actually , trying to get on the couch. When she turned to go down she yelpd in pain . My vet said it was probably just a cramp or pinched nerve. Hasn't happened since and my pup still runs and does everything without issues.

But since your puppy is still in pain I would definitely talk to the vet.
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Thank you all for your answers.

Update:

My dog is 80% back to normal. His tail is back up again, he is eating as if he was starving for months, and I have to watch him all the time so he doesn't start jumping on the couch because I want him to rest and fully recover. When I brought him chicken, he performed the happy dance as usual.

I also called the vet and told him what happened and how my dog feels right now. He said that it looks like he he has cramps in some muscles and that I can easily wait for a couple of days to see how he is before I bring him to the vet.

Thank you all again!
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Do your best to try to keep him from jumping for awhile. If your are lucky, it will turn out to be a sprain, or muscle pull. You should still plan to get him to the Vet so they can Xray to be sure there is no permanent spinal damage.
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