My 9 year old yellow lab was not himself when he woke up yesterday. He gets up every morning and goes out to do his business and when he comes in he gets a treat from my wife. This is a ritual for Rocky! But yesterday, he didn' eat his treat. He was laying around more than usual and was wimpering when he stood up or sat down. We took him to the vet and after being checked out, the vet said he appeared normal other than the pain he was in. He gave Rocky a script for painkillers and said the only way to find out would be an MRI (which may be inconclusive) and that it may be a pinched nerve. The pain seems to be at the top of his hind legs near his tail. I was wondering if anyone has been through this and could offer suggestions. Rocky is a beloved member of our family and we want to help him get back on his feet.
Did the vet do bloodwork or x-rays? That would be the starting point for me. Pain can come from diseases (like Lyme disease) which cause inflammation of the joints.
If he needs treatment for a disease/illness the painkillers are not going to do it.
Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.
no idea, hope he feels better.
just a note though, if/when you give the pain meds monitor him carefully. the downside of pain killers is it makes the dog think they are fine and they can injure themselves further.
Charlie (foster) and Rocky
Have x-rays been done? How about a blood test for tick disease?
♣ Laura ♣
It sounds like your vet thinks this is a disk problem? If so radiographs without injectable contrast won't be much help, so I can see why they offered an MRI as the next choice. A less expensive, but still specialized procedure, is a myelogram. You could contact a specialty or referral hospital and ask to speak with an orthopedist or neurologist about making an appointment. There aren't a ton of veterinary neurologists, so don't be surprised if the nearest specialty center doesn't have one
Either way I'd have baseline blood work (complete blood count and complete blood chemistry) done before starting any medications and definitely rule out any infectious causes first (tick-born, etc). If you stick with the NSAIDs rechecking liver values in a few weeks is a good idea, as labs have been known to suffer liver problems with certain NSAIDs.
Hope Rocky is back on his feet and feeling better soon!
Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. - Cree prophecy
This is him. We couldn't figure out how to upload a picture so here is a link if you want to see him.
It seems like blood work and x-ray is the way to start. Tonight he will eat and drink if he doesn't have to bend over, still wimpering. We are seeking out a vet for x-ray and blood work in Eastern Massachusetts. We'll post again tomorrow.