neck injury?

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    neck injury?

    Hi everyone,

    I've been inactive for awhile, at least on this board. Kids and dogs have kept me plenty active in real life!

    Tango has been sore for three days - I'm taking her to the vet tomorrow, as she did not improve at all today. We thought it was her shoulder - possibly sore from a long walk, or from jumping off a daughter's bed (something I discourage, but have not been able to prevent). She has not been able to climb up or down the stairs, and has been staying in her crate most of the day.

    Today, I put her through a more detailed physical exam (hubby is a physical therapist) and we think it is her neck - she cries when her head turns to one side, or when she looks down. She got my attention when she yelped when I gently touched her head.

    I've been giving her half an aspirin every 12 hours, but as there is no improvement, I will take her in the morning - the poor girl is breaking my heart!

    Any experiences I should know about? Thanks.
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    IF it is a disk injury, then getting her into the vet ASAP is your best course of action. Crate resting her as you have been is also very important to prevent further damage.

    Debbie
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    Sounds very much like a back injury - spinal or as Debbie says, disc. Hopefully it is only a strain and nothing permanent.
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    Oh and don't forget to tell your vet you were giving her aspirin.

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    She's worse this evening, poor baby - yelps if she moves suddenly. I'm taking her in first thing in the morning, and yes - I'll fess up to the aspirin!
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    I took her in to the vet this morning - he wants to keep her there for at least one day; probably three.

    He will probably start her on IV steroids tonight. He said I complicated things by giving her aspirin, as there are preferred drugs that interact badly with aspirin.

    He said she may well have a slipped disc; he observed signs of numbness in her hind legs.

    I feel pretty bad. I think I waited too long, and possibly masked her symptoms by giving her aspirin. As a mom, I know that we do this unintentionally with our kids all the time. But I still feel bad. It's never been my intention to neglect her.
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    Try not to feel bad. We all do what we can to try to do the best for our dogs. It is human nature for us to feel guilty in hindsight and think we might should have done something differently. I'm going through the same guilt at starting heartworm treatment on my terrier based on a false diagnosis. My neighbor is going through the same thing too, as her dog was just diagnosed with cancer and now she thinks she has been a bad dog Mom. Which of course she has not, and neither have you.

    So keep your chin up and think positively about Tango's recovery to health. We'll be sending healing thoughts your way as well. Keep us posted on what's happening.

    You might want to see if there is an orthopedic specialist in your area just in case you want a second opinion on any recommendations your vet might offer in the next few days.
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    I took her in to the vet this morning - he wants to keep her there for at least one day; probably three.

    He will probably start her on IV steroids tonight. He said I complicated things by giving her aspirin, as there are preferred drugs that interact badly with aspirin.

    He said she may well have a slipped disc; he observed signs of numbness in her hind legs.

    I feel pretty bad. I think I waited too long, and possibly masked her symptoms by giving her aspirin. As a mom, I know that we do this unintentionally with our kids all the time. But I still feel bad. It's never been my intention to neglect her.
    I don't think it's the asprin masking the symptoms that's the problem. The drug of choice for a disk injury is prednisone and it should not be given with asprin. That's the vet's concern. He's probably having to use a different drug or monitor more closely than he otherwise would.

    I can understand the asprin when you thought it was a shoulder injury. You did what you thought was right. Don't beat yourself up over this. And you told them about the asprin. They'll be able to handle things from here.

    Just a reminder for everyone: If you suspect a disk injury, a back or neck problem - TAKE your dog to the vet NOW! This is an emergency situation. If you are in doubt about it being a disk injury go to the vet. The sooner you get the dog there and start treatment the more chance of sucess you have. And crate your dog until you can see the vet. Transport them in a crate. Carry them up and down stairs and walk them on a leash only. No jumping or running even if the dog thinks he can do that.

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    I hope it is not IVDD - someone in the USA got a bill for over $5000 for a successful treatment for IVDD and a further complication that was uncovered.
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    I'll have to look up IVDD - I have not heard of this.

    Thanks for your words of encouragement - I know I DID do several things right - after Monday, we didn't let her climb stairs or get on or off any beds. She was happy to stay in her crate, and we let her. I did transport her to the vet in her crate, although I didn't carry her in. And, on hindsight, we really did think it was her shoulder until yesterday, when she yelped when I touched her head.

    Now that I've looked up the symptoms of a canine slipped desk, of course, she seems to have ALL of them. So yes, I would echo the advice about getting to the vet SOONER rather than later. The sight of her trudging along with her head held low will eat at me for quite a while - she is such an attitudinal little thing, and she has lost all her spark.

    I'll know a little more in the morning; I'm to call after the vet has done his rounds.

    Peggy - I have family in Springville, Utah. What part of the state do you live in?
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    Tango is responding well to the prednisone. He is giving her a lighter IV dose than he would ordinarily, because of the aspirin, but she is responding well. He wants to keep her one more night, and if she continues to improve as he thinks she will, well let me take her home tomorrow, if I promise to limit her activity.

    I can do that!
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    I'll have to look up IVDD - I have not heard of this.
    Intervertebral disc disease. Here are some links so you can learn about it. And yes, it's unfortunately rather commin in corgis. So a good idea for everyone to become familiar with the symptoms.

    Dodger's List
    The Dachshund Back Digest (This one is EXCELLENT!)
    IVDD

    Thanks for your words of encouragement - I know I DID do several things right - after Monday, we didn't let her climb stairs or get on or off any beds. She was happy to stay in her crate, and we let her. I did transport her to the vet in her crate, although I didn't carry her in. And, on hindsight, we really did think it was her shoulder until yesterday, when she yelped when I touched her head.

    Now that I've looked up the symptoms of a canine slipped desk, of course, she seems to have ALL of them. So yes, I would echo the advice about getting to the vet SOONER rather than later. The sight of her trudging along with her head held low will eat at me for quite a while - she is such an attitudinal little thing, and she has lost all her spark.

    I'll know a little more in the morning; I'm to call after the vet has done his rounds.
    I hope she's doing better and yes, you did many things right.

    Peggy - I have family in Springville, Utah. What part of the state do you live in?
    I'm near Park City. Springville is about an hour south, down Provo Canyon, then through Orem and Provo.

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    Oh I am glad to hear about the improvement. You did do many things right and that helped limit damage.

    I know you can't wait to get her home.

    Debbie

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