Does anyone have experience with discospondylitis (also spelled diskospondylitis)? It's an infection of the spine often caused by foreign bodies. Well, 3 weeks ago our Vanya got into a porcupine and had 157 quills removed. The vet warned us that she couldn't get all the quills, so we should expect a few to migrate out of his face (they did).
But Tuesday night I came home from work and Vanya was in a lot of pain. He's 5 years old, normally extremely full of energy and enthusiasm. This evening, he whimpered when he ate, and then he kept falling over on his side when he tried to go outside. He did manage to poop, but then he lay on his side and looked miserable while I called the emergency vet for an appointment.
Long story short, she found this his spine was stiff and painful, and thought it was either a tick-borne disease or else a sprain. He tested negative for tick-borne diseases, so the vet gave him a shot of an anti-inflammatory and sent him home. Two days later, when Vanya still seemed in some pain, I mentioned this episode to my regular vet (6 hours away, alas), and she immediately told me to bring him back to the vet to have him checked for discospondylitis, which she says is the most common reason for spine pain in large male dogs (he's both). The treatment if caught early is simple: 6 to 8 weeks of antibiotics.
It's hard to diagnose, and the vet up here couldn't get him in for an x-ray for another 5 days. So I asked that he be put on antibiotics in the meantime, just in case. After 2 days of the antibiotics, he seems FAR, far better, back to his normal energetic self.
Now I'm not entirely sure how to proceed, since I'm not sure I trust this emergency vet. Ideas?