When I got home and let Harvey out of his crate, he ran outside to do his business. When he came back inside, he was walking funny, with an overly arched back, and he was grunting a little, shivering, and his eyes were wider than usual. Jeffrey was home a few minutes later, and we were out the door, in the car, and heading to the vets.
2.5 hours and $350.00 later, we had physical exam, x-ray and blood test results. Diagnosis: strained back, possibly from twisting or moving suddenly. He was prescribed pain meds, and we headed home with instructions to lift him into and off of furniture, keep him off stairs, and take him outside (in our fenced in yard) on a leash (to keep him from running or jumping about).
We were relieved it wasn’t something more serious, and we were all happy to be back home, mostly safe and sound. Harvey cuddled up on his “travel towel” in his favorite spot in front of the heating vent.
Poor little guy!