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Sprained neck and bone spurs

Posted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 10:26 pm
by Annabelle
I wanted to see if anyone had experience with a dog with a sprained neck?

My 14 year old girl, Ruby was diagnosed with a sprained neck and the xray also showed bone spurs.
When she is in a position that causes pain it sound terrible. She is on muscle relaxants, pain medication and a narcotic.
It's be 36 hours since starting drugs and she still showing a lot of pain when in a bad position. :(
She has been favouring her right leg. The Vet said that neck present as a sore leg as that's what the dog perceives as hurting.

She is our trouper that has been through flipped stomach surgery, and multiple teeth surgeries, so we're assuming she'll be a trouper for this issue too, but those howls of pain are terrible to hear!

Re: Sprained neck and bone spurs

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:44 am
by Cindy
YIKES! That sounds terrible!! I'm happy to say I don't have experience with this but hope she (and you) can find some comfort soon. Interesting about neck pain making her think it's in her leg - who would have thought?

Re: Sprained neck and bone spurs

Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 6:12 am
by adele
Poor Ruby! Poor you too. I can't stand it when Lola is in pain and she's never had anything that sounds this bad. I hope she's feeling better very soon.

Re: Sprained neck and bone spurs

Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 5:42 pm
by Lisa
Have you considered taking her to a chiropractor or massage therapist?

A lot of times, you will see improvement if you can get the muscles to relax and make sure everything is in the right alignment.

Re: Sprained neck and bone spurs

Posted: Wed Feb 13, 2013 8:49 pm
by Annabelle
Chirpractor crossed my mind and there is a certified animal one in the city I live but it is completely out of the way.

Massage might be an idea though! I have been doing Healing Touch and Reiki (energy work) on her, and she seems to like it. Usually animals will get up and leave if they don't like it or so I've been told :)
Still favouring her leg quite a bit, but less yelps. She even tried to do some modified zoomies before doing her thing in the backyard.
From what I've read it can take up to six weeks to heal fully. The vet was encouraging that it hadn't got worse (love my vets when they call to follow up!)