Taking ddog to vets tomorrow but looking for a heads up on what might be wrong with him? In discomfort when trying to pick things up off the floor

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LimitIsUp Sun 07-Apr-19 21:58:48

He is a 5 year old flatcoat retriever. We just noticed this for the first time today - he can't comfortably drink from or eat from his bowl when its placed on the floor, he squeaked in pain and we had to elevate it by putting it on top of an upturned bucket. This is entirely new - as of today

A minute ago I forget and threw a dog treat on the floor for him - he winced when he tried to pick it up sad

Any thoughts?

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Wolfiefan Sun 07-Apr-19 22:05:51

Bless him. Neck pain? Can you use a harness when taking him to the vet?

BayandBlonde Sun 07-Apr-19 22:21:11

Back or maybe teeth?

LimitIsUp Sun 07-Apr-19 22:24:16

I have a harness, yes. Good idea rather than subjecting him to a lead around his neck

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Wolfiefan Sun 07-Apr-19 22:25:59

Hope they can find the problem. Could also be legs if he’s bending them to reach down to get food. Is he ok getting up after a nap? Good luck tomorrow.

GrumpySprout Sun 07-Apr-19 22:26:22

I would be inclined to say neck/back pain. Is he an extremely active dog?

JaneEyre07 Sun 07-Apr-19 22:28:33

If you've just noticed it, chances are he's pulled a muscle. Mine does it all the time, he's a completely mad cocker spaniel. Trip to vets for anti-inflammatories and a few days rest always does the trick.

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LimitIsUp Sun 07-Apr-19 22:29:47

I hope it is just a pulled muscle. That doesn't sound too bad.

He is an active and boisterous dog

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JaneEyre07 Mon 08-Apr-19 19:03:51

How did you get on OP?

LimitIsUp Wed 10-Apr-19 13:07:19

Thanks for asking. Vets suspects muscle strain but can't be sure (that it isn't an irritated / bulging disc)

Told me to keep him quiet and lead walk only (avoiding other dogs) and take other precautions (discourage stairs etc) for next 7-10 days to see if it resolves

He isn't getting worse but he isn't any better so far. Still yelping periodically - sometimes when he rises from supine to standing up and sometimes when he puts his head down to ground level to pick something up (which i am discouraging). I hate it when he yelps

Keeping everything crossed for improvement soon

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Wolfiefan Wed 10-Apr-19 13:30:26

Any painkillers? Could you apply warmth? Doubt a dog would wear a scarf! Hope he’s feeling better soon.

JaneEyre07 Wed 10-Apr-19 13:57:39

It usually takes a good 3 or 4 days to see mine pick up.

LimitIsUp Wed 10-Apr-19 18:06:53

Vet didn't want to give pain killers as it might encourage him to do too much apparently

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LimitIsUp Wed 10-Apr-19 18:07:47

Ah, that's good to hear JaneEyre - I am probably being impatient

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JaneEyre07 Wed 10-Apr-19 20:06:12

Oh gosh, that seems brutal not to have given any painkillers - mine always has Metacam (which is the dog equivalent of Ibuprofen and is anti-inflammatory).

Wolfiefan Wed 10-Apr-19 20:21:54

If they don’t think there is inflammation then metacam wouldn’t help perhaps? The issue with mega painkillers is they feel no discomfort and could aggravate the injury I suppose. sad

LimitIsUp Wed 10-Apr-19 20:27:23

Hmmm - it's a very tricky judgement call.

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LimitIsUp Sat 13-Apr-19 23:33:37

Fully recovered now smile

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