I'm Dr. Jo and I'm here to help you with your question about Coco.
I'm so sorry he isn't doing well, but glad you're looking for the information you need.
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Can you please tell me what kind of dog Coco is and how long you've had him?
Also, has he been vomiting?
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Two things come to mind when I read through the description you've provided: back pain and belly pain.
I'm worried Coco may be experiencing something as serious as a slipped disc.
It's important to not let him run around or jump or down off of anything if this is the case.
Some dogs are more sensitive to pain than others, but I'd be inclined to take his symptoms very seriously.
Until you can get him to the vet, please do the following:
-Minimize all activity. If he were a person I would advise confining him to bed.
-Keep food and water within easy reach for him.
-Monitor for vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, lameness, or appetite loss. Your vet will want to know if any of these things are present.
-Avoid the temptation to give any over-the-counter or home remedies, even aspirin for pain. These can be unsafe and make things worse.
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Some types of diseases or injuries are more or less likely depending on what kind of dog Coco is.
I would like to discuss this with you further, but can't really narrow it down any more than this based on the information you've provided so far.
If Coco were my patient, I would want to see him as soon as possible, even if that meant on an emergency basis outside of regular office hours. I'd start with a thorough physical examination including some neurologic tests to check his reflexes and evaluate for the possibility of a ruptured disc.
He may need x-rays as well, or blood tests to find out what the problem is.
Then he can be given the appropriate treatment.
Hello Dr Jo. Coco is a Dachsund and I have had him since nine weeks. His stomach seems to be causing him massive pain as it is not soft and does not go in under his ribs like before its all solid and really hard. Sometimes you can here little noises coming from his behind but not often. He is still eating and drinking fine it just seems very uncomfortable for him because it is so hard. He can walk fine just touching his stomach hurts.
Thank you for your reply. I felt along his spine like you said and pressed along it and that didn't seem to bother him . I flicked his paws over like you said and they flicked back. I had him a minute ago in my lap lying down and his stomach was flat and I was rubbing it and pushing at the same time and that didn't bother him then I touched just down the side between his ribs and leg and that was where it is really painful and he tenses and cries and even snaps if you touch it. I will ring my vets tomorrow as it is causing him a lot of pain
Hello Dr Jo. Just to let you know Coco was okay during the night as long as I didn't touch him. He got worse today and was in a lot of pain and started panting a lot and not able to get comfortable. We took him to the vet who checked his back and that was okay but said his stomach was tight and causing him a lot of pain. His temperature was also okay. He has kept him in and will give pain relief first and then an enema. He said he will also do an ultrasound and X ray of his stomach and may have to anaesthetise him if there is anything in there so they can have a look. Thank you for you help. Susan.