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Old 07-18-2005, 08:02 PM
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My dog is 2 year old 115 pound sepherd mix and his name is Castro. He won't reach for anything, and yelps when gets up, lays down, and turns his head. I tossed him a piece of steak and he didn't even want to reach down to pick it up. please help.
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Old 07-18-2005, 08:10 PM
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Go to vet now, it could be a spinal injury. Even if it isn't that it still sounds like an emergency.
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Old 07-18-2005, 10:56 PM
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I wouldn't take chances, but it probably a pulled muscle....until you can see vet give him an Ascription Tablet. Make sure, if you don't have any , that it's a buffered aspirin with maalox. Let us know !!
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Old 07-19-2005, 01:00 AM
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I would get to the vet right away, I worked for a vet for 5 years and we saw dogs like this all the time...most likley a neck injury. Good luck.
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I agree, go to a vet and get it checked out. You're better safe than sorry. Please keep us updated.
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:02 PM
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How's the neck today ??Keep us posted !
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:30 PM
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Just Came back from the vet with Castro. I was told by the vet that an x-ray would not help and I would have to get an MRI that would go for $1500. The problem is that I don't have that money right now. So I him got a shot for the pain, and was prescribed Deramaxx pills that I will give to him later on tonight. I got a real good job coming up but thats at least six months away. I was thinking I should ask my granma for the money but I don't think she'll help cuz she doesn't like dogs and niether does my dad. So hopefully he'll get better. If he doesn't i'm gonna need Castro to hang on until I get a better job. I'll try to post some pics of him soon. thanks
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Old 07-19-2005, 12:38 PM
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You might have better luck trying an alternative or holistic vet. Here's a site that will help you locate some http://ahvma.org/referral/index.html

I don't understand why the vet wouldn't want to x-ray to check for any bone abnormalities. An x-ray wouldn't necessarily give much information in the case of a strain or sprain or neurological problem, but it should certainly let you see if there is a cracked vertebra or some other bone problem.

I would seek out another vet - maybe one that doesn't seem so focused on separating you from as much cash as possible all at once . . .
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Old 07-19-2005, 03:14 PM
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I just examined Castro a little closer, and it looks like it's not his neck but jaw and throat area that bothers him. Cuz when in push down on his nose I get nothing, but when i open his mouth and push down on his lower jaw he's really sensitive and hurts him.

This really pisses me off cuz I think maybe someone walking past my house hit him with something. When people pass by Castro likes stands up on the fence so that people can pet him. If I ever find this a--hole i'm gonna bust him in the jaw and see how he likes it.
I do plan on taking castro to see another vet tommorow and see what he tells me. Thank you for the help.
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Old 07-19-2005, 03:37 PM
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It could even be that his jaw is out of line or something. But no matter what I would check out another vet. And if they tell you that it's something in the muscle or deep tissue and it does get better w/ either pain meds or anti-inflamitory meds try a doggie massagist. Yes they have them and if you find a good one they have been train and do a wonderful job. The alternative vet site that renee gave you might either have someone that does this or at least be able to refer you.
You said that the vet gave you pain meds but did he give an anti inflamitory? Baby had something similar. All we knew was that she wouldn't jump up on the couchand was acting funny. I wasn't around her neck area but further down. If you picked her up she cryied like you stepped on her tail. the vet gave pain and anti inflamitory med and luckily she got better. Next we would have gone onto xrays then further. Is your vet concerned that it's not just a pulled muscle or something minor. Just b/c my vet starts out w/ trying to treat the symtoms and then goes onto more costly treatment or diagnostic after that.
Let us know what happens.
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