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    Default ADVICE!!! Back injury??? I am worried??

    Okay this is the 3rd time I will be typing this.. I keep getting kicked out for some reason.. I will make this as short as possible..

    Back in August we think Ozzy hurt his back jumping off my couch. He kind of just looked like he was in pain & he kept plopping down every few steps. We took him to the vet and they examined him... We did not think this was aseizure of any sort or that he ate anything he wasn't supposed to. So they gave s pain killer & he was put on strict crate rest. We followed everything to a tee and he did really well, only one time did he squeal when chris got a little rough with him. We slowly let him have a little more freedom, but he is still crated when we are not around to supervise. We also TRY really hard to not let him jump from any furnature (of course a few jumps are snuck in). He was also put on a diet because he was a tad OW. Everything was great until Tuesday AM..


    Tuesday as usual Ozzy wakes us up early to go eat & potty. Well he jumped from the bed and ran for the stairs to go down. (we have stairs for him for our bed but somehow they were moved). So he looked up at me & I carried him down. He ate & ran to the slider as usual but I noticed he wasn't himself. He kind of looked a little stiff, like his back was bothering him again. So I carried him to do his business. He finished I took him in & that was that. I came home from lunch he still wasn't himself but not any worse and not as bad as the time he was injured in August. I got home last night & he ate and I gave him an aspirin (instructions from my vet to give aspirin and strict rest - and to call Thurs if he wasnt any better) - seemed a little better last night but still not 100%. This morning he seemed the same as the morning before. Stiff & he was walking a little funny (almost like holding his lower back in that yoga position - the cat one opposite to downward dog) He is holding his neck normal well straight and he will look up at me when he is still or when I tell him too. He just seemed more uncomfy at my lunch and the walking and holding his back was more noticable. He just wanted to sit and get comfy. he was a little figity and wobbly almost - because he just wanted to sit. He did run normally to his crate for a carrot - but then plopped his bum down & figited to get comfy. I am going to take him in to get checked.. just not sure if I take him to my vet or Tufts medical ctr ER???? I don't know..

    I am scared... anyone familiar with back injuries & what to look for?? Can they have a seizure while sleeping?? With all the cases of PDE - it keeps running thru my head... (Sorry if I sound nutty) BUt I am scared.. We are taking him somewhere tonigh after work.. I couldn't get out of work again today.. Disc problems?? Rupture, infection??? Does it happen that easily and that quick..... Sorry if this sounds like a babble - I am a nervous wreck...

    And he is normal otherwise.. He is alert, eating, drinking, pooping & peeing normal.
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    I dunno.. with that sort of thing, vets advice is best and all that. Bentley seems to have an occasional back issue. I'm talking like once a year. He'll play too hard (Bentley is an extremely INTENSE pug, i'm talking border collie intensity), so he does more than a pug body should do.. and once in a blue moon, he will wind up very very stiff/sore. I've had him to the vet, they never did find an odvious problem. So when it happens I give him half a baby aspirin (vet instructions), and keep him quiet which is easy to do since he doesn't wanna move/walk much anyways. We went through this last weekend actually. Friday I came home from work, he was acting stiff. By Sunday morning, totally back to normal.

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    It certainlly sounds like a back issue to me. I post on another forum and there is a breeder there who SWEARS by her dogs chiropracter. Maybe he has something a tad out of whack and could use an adjustment.
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    Thanks Kathy.. I am a little calmer now.. and spoke to the pug dad again.. Maybe I am not strict enough with the resting part.. He is going to take Chopper again tonight to the Shop so Ozzy and I can have some QT.. I am going 24/7 crate rest him & give him little freedom and see how he does. I am doubting now that I can get into my vet today and I am going to call and see if they suggest the ER. At least if I think it gets worse tonight I can drive him in. I have one about 20 mins away and we have another really good one about an hour away.... I will cross my fingers he'll do okay tonight... Poor boy... I feel so helpless.
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    Keep us posted. Backs are such a pain when they go out. I hope he feels better. Give him and Chopper Whopper a big kiss on the lips from me
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    It could also be helpful to have an xray taken of his back and spine to see if it shows any disc problems.
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    Default Better at night than during the day..

    I just got home from work to see my babes.. Ozzy seems better tonight then he did this afternoon. Is that normal I wonder?? CHris got home before me & said he broke out of his crate - Lord knows how.. He seems to have much more energy. He ate & he is now in his crate chewing on a chewie...

    His butt is in the air, front paws pawing the treat while he is eating it? Is that weird if his back hurts??? Chris said he seemed okay definatly slow when he took him out to the bathroom & he said he thought maybe he was favoring his right rear leg. I did not notice this but he said he noticed when he was outside. WE are going to try & get to the vets tomorrow during my lunch or after work just to be safe. Other than that normal poops, pee & eating.. Still so nervous for my baby....
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    Quote Originally Posted by momluvzozzy

    His butt is in the air, front paws pawing the treat while he is eating it? Is that weird if his back hurts???
    Maybe that particular position is comfortable for him. I know when my back is aching there are certain positions where it feels good and doesnt hurt.
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    Kristen - pugs can have back issues and it sounds as though Ozzy might be experiencing them. A few years ago LouLou had a spinal fusion to stabilise her spine. She had 3 prolapsed discs that were causing compression of the spinal cord and making her weak in her back-end. The vet said that the best the surgery could do was halt further deterioration, but would not reverse the damage - most likely just slow things down. She was good for a couple of years but is now getting weaker, but hey, she's nearly 15!!

    You definitely need further investigation of what is happening, and as Leslye mentioned, as x-ray is a good start. LouLou had a myelogram (done under anesthesia) where they inject dye into the spine to see exactly where the problems are. I hope your baby is okay - but I would have him checked sooner rather than later, as these things have better results if done early.
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    I just wish he could tell me what hurts.. poor thing.. I guess good thing is he is now safe with his MAMA in his crate chewing on his bone.. Pug dad thinks I am being to restricting - he left so Oz will have to deal with crate time.. Feel bad but he needs to rest..
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