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EMERGENCY: Sudden Pain and Slowness

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Madds, Jul 12, 2019 at 10:21 AM.


  1. Madds

    Madds PetForums Newbie

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    Hi there!

    Really hoping someone can help or offer advice!
    I have a 10 year old toy X miniature poodle named Kai. Despite being a little older, he is an energetic and happy dog, with no prior health problems. Everyone is always surprised when they see him, saying he acts like a puppy.
    Last week, after a walk, he started coughing. We took him to the vet, who prescribed antibiotics, just in case of kennel cough. The coughing has since stopped, but yesterday, when my dad got up from the sofa, Kai jumped up, crying in panic, before yelping and trembling.
    Usually, he likes to give my dad a few soft barks, but this was different.
    I thought it might have been his paw, which can act up after walks from time to time, as he growled when I touched it.
    This morning, however, something is definitely wrong. Kai is walking slowly, tail down. He seems like he's in pain, occasionally gives a small shake, and is slow and deflated. His nose is dry and cold.
    As he is always so energetic, I'm in a panic. What could have caused such a sudden decline???

    I am hoping to get to a vet later today, but I'm terrified. Anyone ever heard of this? Is this a sign of something malicious?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Ochre

    Ochre PetForums Newbie

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    Sounds like Kai is in alot of pain. If it were me, I would be trying to get a vets appointment as soon as possible today.
     
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  4. SusieRainbow

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    It soes sound as though an emergency vet visit is needed. My first though is a spinal issue , so until you can see a vet minimise all movements. Carry him outside for toileting, crate him or pen him if you can and no jumping on and off furniture.
     
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  5. Madds

    Madds PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you everyone.

    I am trying to book the earliest appointment possible. Been carrying him up and down the stairs all morning to restrict his movements. He's been laid on my chest for the past few hours until the postman knocked and he went running down the stairs to greet him. I charged after him, albiet a bit shocked considering he did not want to move earlier.
    Whimpered when he sat down again, so I offered a treat which he took, and then discovered the pain is in his neck after I touched it.
    Strangely seems a bit better now, but will still take him to be safe.
    Hopefully, he just sprained something in his neck when he jumped last night.
     
  6. SusieRainbow

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    I'm sure if you tell the vet receptionist that you suspect a disc injury you will get seen today. Lay it on thick!
     
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    I agree it sounds likely the problem is in his neck/spine.

    My Jack Russell had a very similar episode a few years ago. It happened twice, a week apart, and she was unable to move.

    That was 4 years ago and it has never happened again.

    The problem with her was her spine.
     
  8. tabelmabel

    tabelmabel PetForums VIP

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    Yes, as @SusieRainbow says, or just turn up in the waiting room with your dog and they will likely fit you in. Good luck!
     
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