Hello, I have a four and a half year old male Shih Tzu who started exhibiting symptoms of pain and stiffness about 5 days ago, walking around very slowly with not much interest in anything. At first, I thought he pulled a muscle in his back or had a pinched nerve from his usual antics during playtime with my other two Shih Tzus. However, I began noticing that he would not look to his left and if he did, he quickly jerked his head back to the right. I should point out that he has been eating and drinking normally and his potty habits have also been normal. He just doesn't want to do anything and he has been just laying on his bed. He does have muscle twitching on his left side below his neck, shoulder area. I took him to the vet yesterday and she did some various manipulations on him and she concluded that he did either pinch a nerve in his neck, or possibly strained a muscle. Her recommendation was rest and Metacam. The little guy had a rough night last night and for the first time, at around midnight, he woke up panting and was crying in pain. Until then, he had not been vocal with the pain. It took us a few minutes to calm him down and make him comfortable until he finally went back to sleep. He started the meds yesterday afternoon and he was feeling better so I don't know if he did too much although it did not seem so to me. Yesterday, I did order a bottle of the Promaxol from VETiONX based on all the great reviews about it. It should be here by Thursday. Anyway, is there anything else I should be doing for him other than encouraging rest? Thanks!
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