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Hello, thank you for contacting us at Just Answer. I am a licensed veterinarian and will do my best to answer your questions and help Enzo. Are you keeping him completely confined? In dogs with a slipped disk it is extremely important to confine them in order to allow them to heal - placing him in a crate is best as that is the equivalent of bed rest. Can you tell me what medications he is taking?
Did your vet tell you where they think the slipped disk is located? And is it just the two medications?
Thank you for the added information, and I now see that you did mention the medications in your original post - my apologies. It does sound like he is getting worse despite the minimal activity and the medications. Is he still eating and going potty ok? I suspect he is progressing with his lesion/slipped disk and will need more aggressive medical therapy. A muscle relaxant and another type of pain killer would probably help. In these cases, I use an NSAID (the Onsior), tramadol, a muscle relaxant (such as methocarbamol), another pain medication (gabapentin, or fentanyl patch), and extremely strict cage rest. Dogs are much faster with their reflexes than we are, so confinement is for their own safety, even though it makes us feel bad. I suspect your veterinarian is closed right now, but I would strongly recommend contacting them in the morning to ask for greater medical therapy before he is too painful, or progresses to where he is not able to walk. As for what you can do tonight, the gentle massage will help. Tramadol is a very safe medication, and I have prescribed it to be given as often as every 6 hours in some of my patients.
You can alternate with cool and warm compresses on his neck if that seems to be where the pain is originating. But most important is no to low mobility, so if you have to move him around to do this I would avoid it. You may also talk to your vet about the option for acupuncture. I do not know how to do it myself but have referred a number of patients to a properly trained vet for this and it has helped many cases. Good luck!
Yes, but it is essentially the same thing. The spinal cord is a giant nerve, with smaller nerves coming off of it, and then smaller nerves branching from there. A slipped disk is actually a disk pushing on the spinal cord, or 'pinching' on the cord or branching nerve. When the pinched nerve is the actual spinal cord, it is exceptionally painful and can lead to inability to use the legs, so can be quite serious.
Absolutely, it is my pleasure to help. I do hope Enzo is feeling better soon!