|Barked: Fri Oct 17, '08 6:38am PST |
|This JUST happened to Jasper. We got him from the shelter in June, and the guess was that he's about 5-6 years old. We knew he walked kinda funny, almost a hop. We noticed he couldn't really jump up on the sofa or bed because it hurt him. But Sunday night, he got up on the bed using Pokie's steps and for some reason JUMPED OFF rather than using the steps. He didn't immediately cry or anything, but the next morning wouldn't tell me "bye-bye" by accompanying me to the door before I left for work, which is odd because he ALWAYS wants to do that. When I got home around 6, neither dog came to greet me. I was sure that Pokie must have had a seizure and that Jasper was taking care of him. What I found was Jasper on the floor with his hindquarters quivering, wincing in pain and looking like he'd been down a good long while. I called my vet, and we checked his reflexes, tail wagging, legs moving, etc., and he told us to give him 2 baby aspirin, and I had some leftover prednisone and gave him one of those. By bed time, he was able to stand and walk about 10 feet to the bedroom, but collapsed on the floor. Had to carry him to his bed. We gave him another round of baby aspirin, and he was comfortable. He got up next morning and went outdoors to potty, but couldn't come back in. He kind of "froze" and I ended up carrying him in and back to bed. That day, I got some Rimadyl from our vet, and he's taking it twice daily. It made a HUGE difference. He's running and playing like a puppy! In his case, we think he pinched a nerve when he jumped down. He's back to going up and down the steps and everything. Hopefully, your dog is having similar issues that will be better with rest and maybe a short course of medicine. Hope that's all it is for you. Good luck!
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