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August 18th 2010

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Jacks Back Problems

July 10th 2013 10:13 am
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Sooo we have had Jack for almost 3 years now. He has had some pain with his back and we have had to put him on muscle relaxers and pain pills twice before. But this most recent time was really scary.

He would just stand still and look at you with the most saddest face you could ever imagine. He was uncomfortable doing his 'business' so he didn’t. We wouldn’t eat or lay down. We took him right to the vet and they thought he might have lyme disease. Because of the joint and back pain he has experienced in the past they thought the lyme disease was just elevating it. So they took his blood and ran the tests. And we waited for answers.

Secretly the two of us (Marisa and Heidi - his mommy's) Where hoping it was lyme disease because that was something they could fix, better to know than not to know!

The vet called back and said it was not lyme disease, so back to the vet. This time we left him for the whole day. When I, Marisa, dropped him off in the morning he was shaking and nervous and when I handed him to the vet I swear he was crying :(.. I left the office in tears and talked to Heidi the whole way to work :(.. sooo worried about our little man.

I will say we do have an awesome vet! they call all the time to check on him, they answer any questions I have over the phone, and they are always available whenever I need them, and they treat Jack (and Jill - our other puppy) with such love!

The vet took some x rays and discovered that the space in his back where there is cartilage was very narrow and because of this the discs in his back were rubbing together and also putting pressure on his spine. this poor guy :( - I am not sure exactly what all of this means so I may be stating it somewhat oddly, but this is how I understood it.

While we were coming up with this conclusion he was on a non-steroid anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxer. Now that we know the problem the vet decided we should put him on a steroid instead. We needed to wait three days before we could do this. Those were the worst three days for Jack and us because we couldn’t help his pain. He was off the medication for this time and it was soooo painful to see him. We carried him everywhere, he didn’t eat, he didn’t drink, he cried, he didn’t do any 'business' and I don’t think he really slept much either :(

Now 1 week into the steroids he is starting to play with Jill again, eating just fine and drinking LOTS of water :) While he is still a little slower than he was, I think once we have gone through all the steroids he will start to feel even better.

In the long term the vet said we shouldn’t think about surgery because his neurological functions are good and surgery isn’t a guarantee that he will get better, so when/if he shows pain again we will now know how to manager it.

We love our little man soooo much and we will try everything we can to keep him pain free and happy :)

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