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My friend has a white boxer bitch of approximately eight years. She has noticeably suffered increased pain recently, most commonly on waking and standing, causing her head to stoop and back legs to shake. Shaking her head sometimes causes pain and also when standing or turning her head to the side or walking up or down a step
(even a small step). Metacam hasn’t relieved this pain, and the local vet is now prescribing steroids for two weeks. I guess we were prepared for WCS, i.e. a brain tumor, the vet says impossible to tell, and even with x-ray and treatment would probably be unchanged in any case. Is there anything else we could do for her pain? My gut feeling is arthritic pain between shoulders, but biggest fear as above.

Many thanks.

Smartliving Guest asked this
February 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM



Dear Andy,

I hope it is not cancer, but with a Boxer that is something that needs to be ruled out. However, the positioning that you described can also be the result of a low cervical lesion. I would have a certified veterinary chiropractor evaluate her. You could try Promaxol for pain. If she is on steroids for some time it may diminish its response. Promaxol can be very effective in reducing many different types of pain. Last week I saw a similar case in a 4 year old Labrador and she responded very well to chiropractic manipulation. The local emergency clinic wanted the owner to go the university for a neurology consultation. Because of the symptoms we thought the chiropractor would be the first step. It has worked thus far; being a young dog, cancer was lower on our list.

There are other things I can suggest if you are able to manage the situation in the coming days, so let us know what is happening.

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
February 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM
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