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Hi,

My wife and I are very concerned with one of our dogs who has now been injured for a week. She is a 4 year old Cairn Terrier/Corgi mix (we are guessing-She was a stray when we got her at around 4 months old). We noticed the injury randomly as she started walking gingerly with her head down. Hoping someone has seen something similar and can help out...

Symptoms:
-Crying in pain (comes in waves-especially when she wakes up in morning)
-Walking gingerly w/ head a little downward
-When in high pain back is arched a bit
-Cant seem to get comfortable or find any position that is better

Been one week..No evidence of any improvement. She's been taking a muscle relaxer, anti-inflammatory & a pain pill prescribed by vet. X Rays came back negative
 

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What does your Vet suggest for better relief? Samantha fell off our bed last year in the middle of the night. We thought she was fine, but several days later she was in obvious pain and would only walk reluctantly. Our Vet did all the X-rays etc. we were fortunate as there was no visible damage to her spine, diagnoses, neck sprain, but when she walked, she kept her head low. She fortunately recovered in a couple of weeks. The arched back you describe sounds like back pain, but again your Vet should be the final word on that. Let us know.
 

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does sound like a neck injury... few things hurt worse... have you seen your vet or begun any treatment? If not, do so ASAP. Neck pain can progress to paralysis if not taken care of immediately, not to mention it is a horrible situation to live through.
 

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does sound like a neck injury... few things hurt worse... have you seen your vet or begun any treatment? If not, do so ASAP. Neck pain can progress to paralysis if not taken care of immediately, not to mention it is a horrible situation to live through.
The original post mentions x rays and medication prescribed by the vet.
 

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indeed... sorry I missed that bit of info... if not helping, a myelogram or MRI would be recommended next, though only if surgery is an option (financially). Otherwise, perhaps increased pain meds (eg. ask your vet about Gabapentin) and physical therapy.
 

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Is she on crate rest?

If you are leashing her to walk her are you still using her collar, or a harness. If harness what type?

What's the name of the medicines she's on?

She needs to be on crate rest. The crate should be large enough that she can comfortably turn around in it and fully stretch out when laying down, but not bigger. Crate rest should be for a minimum of 2 weeks and it should most likely be longer.

If she has to be walked to potty then it should be out on the leash and back in when she's pottied, no long walks, no pulling or lunging to the end of the leash. Take her out stand with her and wait for her to potty, bring her back in.

I asked about collar or harness because a collar can aggravate a neck injury, and so can a harness. I actually had a harness cause my dogs back problems, it'd press into his spine and was causing a pinched nerve.

You're dog may need different medicines. Some are stronger then others and some dogs respond better to one over the other.
 

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Raise her bowls so she doesn't have to bend neck to eat/drink. Disc compression in the neck and/spine is not always visible on plain X-rays, so as lzrddr stated, a myelogram or MRI may be necessary to difinitively diagnose. If specialist referral for diagnostic (and possibly surgery) is not an option, then continue pain meds and crate rest. Do talk to you vet about additional pain control options. I have also had good results with acupuncture for pain relief in these kind of cases.
Hope your girl can get some relief soon!
 

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First of all Thank you guys so much for all the replies. It's nice to know that there's something like this out there. Ugh...my wife are really worried. We had put her on Prednizone (steroid) as the vet had suggested (Lucy-Corgi/Terrier mix-4 yrs old). It was working very well almost immediately but after a week she went back to some of the symptoms I listed in the first thread. The vet suggested we up the steroid for a week then taper down. We are now on day one of lowering the dose but there still seems to be signs of discomfort. I looked into something called IVDD, which really seemed to be similar to what she is experiencing. Our 2 dogs are basically our kids so we have been very stressed. Any advice if she still isn't doing well after meds?
 

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If you have exhausted the meds, you need to check with your Vet, but I suspect, if there is spinal damage, you may be looking at surgery.
 

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First of all Thank you guys so much for all the replies. It's nice to know that there's something like this out there. Ugh...my wife are really worried. We had put her on Prednizone (steroid) as the vet had suggested (Lucy-Corgi/Terrier mix-4 yrs old). It was working very well almost immediately but after a week she went back to some of the symptoms I listed in the first thread. The vet suggested we up the steroid for a week then taper down. We are now on day one of lowering the dose but there still seems to be signs of discomfort. I looked into something called IVDD, which really seemed to be similar to what she is experiencing. Our 2 dogs are basically our kids so we have been very stressed. Any advice if she still isn't doing well after meds?

As I wrote in my first post. She needs to be on complete crate rest, especially if she has IVDD. Simply throwing meds at is is not going to completely fix the problem

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We recently had this issue with our 7 year old Doberman Pinscher. She suddenly started wobbling in her back legs and progressively worsened to the point that she could not stand. (she had no symptoms that morning when we left for work) We took her to the local vet (one that we didn't use on a regular basis as our vet is located out of town) and she was diagnosed with inter-vertebral disc disease which meant the she had a herniated disc that was causing spinal cord compression. You mentioned in your original posted that they did xrays, however often times plain view xrays won't show these types of injuries. Our vet immediately stated that our little girl needed surgery which was $3000-$5000 minimal, with no guaranteed outcome, they said that they would definitely need to do an MRI prior to surgery to confirm their suspicion. We opted to try the medication for several days before moving forward with surgical treatment as we do not have the extra funding to be able to pay the up front amount to have the surgery performed. They put her on pain meds and NSAIDS, I asked about the use of a steroid and was told that NSAIDS were the treatment of choice for this type of injury. I'm a registered nurse with Neuro ICU experience and knew that with humans the treatment of choice for this type of injury was steroids. I was reluctant but understood that steroids are more harsh on canine kidneys than humans. However my reluctancy led me to do more research on my own, and actually found that the treatment of choice when they start having actual neurological deficits is indeed high doses of steroid. The following day I contact the vet that we regularly visit who is located out of town, and gave him the scenario of her symptoms and he immediately said, "please tell me they put her on steroids." needless to say we made a trip out of town to his office and by the time we got to there her symptoms had already progressed to the point that she nearly had no movement, and she had lost all of her deep pain response. At this point surgery would not have changed anything. He did say that the outcome may have been different had we treated with a steroid at the first sign of symptoms. So it sounds to me like you are dealing with a similar situation. Please just keep a close eye on her and report any change to your vet immediately. Cheyenne started having vague symptoms on 9/7/16 early afternoon by the noon on 9/8/16 she could not stand or walk without the use of a towel as a sling under her abdomen. By the evening of 9/9 she could not control her bladder. The second vet that we saw (the one that we regularly see) said that often times animals with these types of injuries have to remain on a low dose of steroid indefinitely. I sure hope your little girl is doing better, and that you see improvement with the meds. Our baby was euthanized on 9/10/16, the hardest thing I've done in my life as she was perfectly healthy otherwise. Please note as stated in other posts the vet did instruct us to crate rest with being up only to go to the restroom with no use of stairs etc. We didn't have to do this as she could not ambulate on her own, we were carrying her out to potty on her dog bed and using a towel to sling her hind end to assist her in going to the restroom, her symptoms progressed rather quickly.
 
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