Dog is sore - back or legs?(5 Posts)
Our lovely rescue lurcher seems to quite often wince or yelp when jumping up onto or off the bed or sofa. It's not all the time but maybe every couple of weeks, the vet had a good feel over him but couldn't identify anything.
Today he's us a really good run with other dogs, lots of sprinting and chasing and tonight he's really sore, he walks fine and walked happily on the road this evening but laying down or going downstairs (not up) and trying to get on sofa have all caused him to cry out quite loudly.
I will take him to the vet tomorrow but I suspect he pulls a muscle. Is there a painkiller I could keep and give him when necessary in the way that I would take a paracetamol?
He had an anti inflammatory a few weeks ago but it maybe gave him a very sore stomach.
Have you had him from a pup or did you adopt him as an adult?
Rescue lurchers can often have had 'interesting' pasts, involving working (running hard, jumping, twist and turning) at too young an age and this can cause wear and tear on joints and muscle structures.
You could try him on a joint supplement to see if that helps? Yumove is very good, veterinary recommended and I've not come across it disagreeing with dogs' tums.
Please go back to the vet though if the crying out continues or he goes off the idea of exercise.
We went this afternoon though of course he was quite a lot better by then and was happy to walk even when it was clearly v sore.
She's not found what it is but I have painkillers.
Thankfully he's right as rain now, though I am £100 poorer! (Got worm and flea treatment at the same time)
Could be an idea to try a joint supplement though (and it can't hurt), and build up his exercise over time.
sounds like it could be back/neck and needs checking out if enough pain to cause a yelp as dogs are generally fairly stoic. Has he been on rested/restricted exercise after being sore?
A physiotherapist can be good at pinpointing issues are more specialised in examining than many vets bit like with GP's for us, also helps that dogs can be more relaxed away from the vets.
The physio i use is registered with IRVAP and they should have vets authorization before treating the dog, their findings can then be passed back to vet to help decide on treatment. There's also osteopaths that work on animals, my physio refers some clients on to one when feels they'd benefit from adjusting.
There's all sorts of different pain medications a vet can prescribe, sometimes it can be better to be on daily dose than occasional after pain's noticed. Sadly dogs can just get on with things and we don't notice that they are in some pain until its so bad they make it known. I felt quite guilty after my dog had cartrophen injections for arthritis/intermittent limp and his demeanor changed like his younger self, so clearly it was pain related not ageing as we'd thought.
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