Dottie, our 9 yr old doxie, has racked up $1,000 at the vet

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She was lethargic, salivated, acted totally opposite of herself & when picked up she would scream. Previously it was noted her pancrease has to be watched. Recently, new x-rays & blood work showed her liver was “off-key”; can’t quote outcome.

Had a radiologist for abdominal ultrasound, checked bile acids, analgesic injection, fluid therapy and meds: Metronidazole, 250mgs, Robaxin V tabs, 500mgs and Rimadyl chew 25mgs. They could find nothing wrong. Since home (Tuesday), she’s doing much better. How can this be if found nothing? Also, am able to pick her up but notice she flinches when I pet her.I’m at a loss and after crying for 3 straight days, am happy she seems better, but better from what? Why was she like that and why did she scream and a lot of whimpering?

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Asked on August 5, 2015 4:45 pm
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Robaxin is a muscle relaxant and Rimadyl is a pain medication. Both are often used for back problems in dachshunds. Metronidazole is an antibiotic often used for liver problems. As you are probably aware, dachshunds are often afflicted with back problems. It sounds like due to her previous medical history when she was presented with her present complaint your veterinarian pursued a course of investigation to rule out organ problems.

Once those tests were normal other sources of the pain itself were addressed. It may well be that Dottie has a back problem that is responding to the robaxin and rimadyl. The flinching when petting may be an indication of this pain in the back. In addition to the medication you should be limiting Dottie”s activity; no jumping and no sitting up on her haunches.

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Answered on August 5, 2015 4:46 pm
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