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Old 10-04-2015, 05:17 PM
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Unhappy Strained muscle in neck?

Around 9pm Saturday my basset hound started to act a bit ill. He gets tummy aches often so I assumed that's what it was and gave him a bit of canned pumpkin. He ate it and immediately went to sleep, he usually doesn't sleep until 11 or 12. So I felt it was a bit off and kept a close eye on him. He would wake up every now and again and cry out in pain, seemingly from nothing. He looked miserable and was yelping on and off so I decided a trip to the emergency vet was in order. Now I generally dislike this vet (bad experiences in the past) but it was the only one open for several hours and the only one I could find open today was Banfield. I'm leary of Banfield as well. His regular vet is open tomorrow and I plan on a second opinion then.
Until then, he seems absolutely miserable still. They said he has a muscle strain in his neck. They did xrays and said they looked perfectly fine. They gave him an injection of torbugesic at the vet. Tramadol 50MG, Rimadyl 100MG, and Methocarbamol 500MG pills to bring home. The Tramadol is 2 tablets every 8 hours, Rimadyl is half a tablet every 12 hours, and Methocarbamol is 1 tablet every 12 hours. He hasn't taken the Rimadyl because they said he MUST eat with it and so far he has refused food. Is there anything else I can be doing to make my boy comfortable? He still wakes up in severe pain and has slept from 3am last night when we came home to now 5pm. Hasn't touched his water or food in that time.
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Old 10-05-2015, 01:52 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that! My boy sprained his back a few weeks ago and had the random yelping in pain that you say your boy has so the emergency vet that you saw may be correct in the diagnosis.

The pain killer shot, and muscle relaxer may be why he's sleeping so much. You could try rotating ice and heat and see if that helps ease the pain a bit. What I had to do was keep my boy from jumping on and off the furniture, and also keep him as quiet and still as possible, the vet said at least 4 days but I did so for a week. I kept him from playing, took him on very short walks (no running) and only a couple of those a day, and even though he's better now I'm still not letting him jump off the couch.

I hope your boy also makes a full recovery and that he's feeling at least a little better today.
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Forgot to say, if you do take him for walks, I suggest you use a harness rather then a collar to walk him if your not already doing so, it's a lot easier on the neck and back.
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Have you investigated Ivdd?? A good source of information is dodgerslist.com
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His regular vet did a check up and checked the xrays and seems to think it's more than likely a strained muscle. He wants him to be confined and quiet (which I was already doing) until Sunday. His vet also found that he has a yeast infection. So he's being treated for that.

Murphy is feeling MUCH better. He's bored and ready to get back into things. He's still taking the rimadyl and tramadol at bedtime as a preventive measure but he seems to be back to normal.

Oh and he does wear a harness!
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Its very emotional to see your little dogs in pain. Neck stiffness is one of the symptoms of IVDD. Its always good to see a vet when they have any such symptoms. IVDD is very common especially in dachshunds so its better to take preventive care.
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It just takes time to heal. A year ago Samantha fell out of, or off of our bed at about 2:00am. She seemed fine for a day, then suddenly was obviously in a lot of pain. Trip to our Vet, Xrays etc, fortunately turned out to only be a neck sprain, very painful, but capable of healing without surgical intervention. Took a good 4 or 5 days before she was feeling better, then as we took her off the pain meds, she slowly returned to normal, but she was so miserable for awhile.
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