I have a 13 year old male Rott, 138 lbs, arthritic hips, but he's still perky and fiesty. He did a full run through the house (after seeing some jogger out of the window) out through his doggie door and hit his neck pretty hard. The next day, I woke up to him yelping every time he tried to lean down to drink some water. So.....after doing my little cursory don't-know-much-about-animal-physiology exam, off to the Vet we go...
Dr. Vet says, "we need to do a bone scan!" (translated as, $$$).
Nurse: What's wrong with him?
Dr. Vet: "He has a severe sprain of his neck, possible herniated a disc and nerve damage."
Nurse: Isn't the initial treatment the same with humans, treat with anti-inflammatories if he doesn't show any outward signs of nerve impingement - he's not limping on his front legs and I don't see any signs of nerve damage, and then get the bone scan?
Dr. Vet: "Oh yeah, you're the NURSE. Yes, we could treat him a few days with over-the-counter Ascriptin, maximum strength, 2 tabs BID".
Nurse: Thanks, I'll see how he does with the conservative treatment.
A week later, my dog is FINE, as if it never happened. Still running through that doggie door but slows down now
Gotta watch those Vets....