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Dr Scott Nimmo
Dr Scott Nimmo, Small Animal Veterinary Surgeon.
Category: Dog
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Experience:  BVMS, MRCVS. { Glasgow UK }
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my dog is in pain when she jumps down from lap height and gives

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my dog is in pain when she jumps down from lap height and gives out a yelp, she walks fine and every thing else seems normal.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr Scott Nimmo replied 3 years ago.

Scott Nimmo :

Hello and welcome, My name is Scott and I am an experienced small animal veterinary surgeon, I will be very pleased to work with you today and will try my best to answer your question to your satisfaction.

Scott Nimmo :

Please tell me .... How long has this been a problem for Abbie?

JACUSTOMER-5hgnqsc0- : Since yesterday lunchtime .
Scott Nimmo :

A good, only a short time.

Scott Nimmo :

This is a not uncommon situation, it may be due to some mild form of back pain which only occurs when she is in certain positions such as jumping down.

Scott Nimmo :

After all people can get back pain , sometimes just when the stand up for example

Scott Nimmo :

Many vets would suggest a week or so's strict rest plus an anti-inflammatory drug of some sort and then a gradual return to exercise.

Scott Nimmo :

As far as over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs go you really just have one option : Aspirin, the others such as paracetamol etc. are toxic to dogs. On a short term home remedy aspirin would be much safer and more effective than the other over the counter human pain killers and aspirin is sometimes prescribed for dogs. A typical dose rate would be 5 mg per pound of your dog's body weight twice daily. The judgment whether to dose with aspirin is of course up to you but here is a link to a an accurate web page with all the facts you might need including contraindications : LINK

Scott Nimmo :

The bottom line is this : If you are dealing with a minor injury you may be able to handle it with simple home remedies such as I have outlined but who is to say this is not something more serious such as the start of a slipped disk. So if in doubt have your vet check her over.

Scott Nimmo :

Can I help you further .... ?