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Toby began yelping a few nights ago for no reason. It got so bad that last night he was shivering from pain. Well, we took him to the vet today and the vet told us he has a slipped disc. He gave Toby a shot (I think it was a steroid injection) and some medicine, including pain killers.

The vet said he should be doing a little better tomorrow.

Anyone else have anything similar happen to their beagle? The vet said it's pretty common for our favorite breed.
 

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Our Sadie had a slipped disk last summer. Our vet treated her conservatively. She got the steriod shot and anti-inflammatory medication to take. She had to take it easy for months. No running, no jumping, no nothing. She got worse before she got better. We had to take her back to the vet several times over the next few weeks. Finally the vet had her take prednisone and Rimydly (anti-inflammatory med) alternately each day. That finally got the inflammation down. She is now perfect and pain free. She runs like a little heathen. We try to keep her from jumping and overdoing things though.
 

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OK... Don't play with this! If your vet has not prescribed immediate crate rest for several weeks or surgery, then I AM. Not to frighten you, but that slipped disk can move again and paralyze Toby. I have gone through it twice. I would not wish what happened to Murphy on anyone (or Summer, even though she fully recovered). Please get a second opinion from another vet very soon. A myliogram or scan is needed to see the damage.

For now, crate or confine Toby to a small room. No jumping, climbing, running or play. He only goes outside to do his business, them back in.

I cannot express how important it is that he be kept quiet and still and allow his back to heal at this time. If you want, PM me your phone number and time and I will call you.

If you see ANY signs of paralysis or loss of coordination, get him to an emergency vet immediately. Once that happens, the clock is running and after 48 hours, his chances of recovery go downhill fast.
 

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Poor Toby! I hope he recovers quickly. Please keep him resting (I know it's hard to do) and keep us informed on his condition.
 

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Please, please, please follow Murphy & Summer's Dad's advice. If it were me, the second opinion would be immediate and with a specialist. We will all be wanting updates so do let us know how Toby is doing.
 
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