Any vets around?

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kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 16:43

I'm worried about my dog

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 16:44

Don't worry, obviously if it was an emergency I'd have already taken him to the vet of course.

26/04/2013 at 17:26

Could you ring your vet or an out-of-hours service?

26/04/2013 at 17:32

what's up with him? 

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 17:51

It's not an emergency Womble, just something that we've noticed in the last couple of months.

Saffy, he's not yet 3 but when he gets up from a sleep he's very stiff in the back end and that stiffness lasts longer than it should in a young dog. He did have a problem with a trapped nerve a couple of months ago, and I'm wondering if the nerve was now a symptom of something more serious.

I'm a bit tired and strung out generally so i don't want to make this an emotional issue when there might not be anything wrong; but D agrees it's not right.

We have stopped throwing balls etc for him as he turns on a hairpin to get them and I know more injuries occur in dogs with that volatile twisting and turning, as opposed to my steady running with him.

Don't indulge me with this, I just have a bad feeling.

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 17:57

D did mention that now might be the time to get insurance for him (just in case). We went through so much with the Shepherds emotionally, I just need my dog to actually BE the family dog for my kids and friggin last untill we all say a very sniffly goodbye when he's 14 or some such age.

(Disclaimer: There still might be nothing wrong, i'm really trying not to be a drama llama)

26/04/2013 at 18:08

Probably worth taking him to the vets to get checked out, but I'm sure it won't be anything serious.

One of ours can be a bit stiff sometimes when he gets up from being asleep, but it's when he's curled himself up into a little ball (even though he's bloody huge) and i think he ends up with a dead leg from sleeping on it.  Could it just be the way he's lying while he's asleep?

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 18:11

Yeah, thanks Saff. I think I'm just being over emotional, I'm so tired at the moment. Long hours in work plus last weekend on adrenalin.

 

26/04/2013 at 18:23

kk, does your dog have problems running around? Like its dragging its back legs. Could be the trapped nerve, then again could be something else like arthritis which can hit any dog of any age. Contact a vet, ask for their opinion, then you can decide to get it check. I would ask a vet whether physio and maybe cod liver oil would benefit. Just like a human with stiffness, these can help a dog too. But worth asking anyway.

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 18:28
runnerman wrote (see)

kk, does your dog have problems running around? Like its dragging its back legs. Could be the trapped nerve, then again could be something else like arthritis which can hit any dog of any age. Contact a vet, ask for their opinion, then you can decide to get it check. I would ask a vet whether physio and maybe cod liver oil would benefit. Just like a human with stiffness, these can help a dog too. But worth asking anyway.

It's early onset arthritis which I'm worried about... However, I need to sleep on it. After what happened to our last dog, I just want my Cole to be shiny, happy and healthy for him and us. I'll sleep on it. (Not on him obviously because it'll make the problem worse)

26/04/2013 at 18:36

Would suggest physio. I remember my German Shepherd. His back legs got stiff and it become harder and harder to move. One day in the park, a women look at my dog, started doing physio on its back legs, then suddenly he was running around. She showed me what to do and it gave him years before giving up at 14. Arthritis is the worst thing but there are ways around it in helping.

26/04/2013 at 18:39

(((KK))) feel for you totally. I'm dreading Grace dying - not that she shows any signs of doing so thankfully and is only just coming up to eight years old.

 

Get the insurance - we found M&S the best, I think it's only a four week wait as long as they wouldn't see it as a pre-existing condition due to the former trapped nerve - and then get him to teh vet for x-rays, nerve conduction tests, whatever and set your mind at rest.

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 18:45

Thanks, i'm aware that I'm probably creating drama around him where there is none. However, as my very capable, private and built to 'protect his own' husband, can coin in one simple phrase...

"He's my dog"

We've taken the little twat on and so he's got under our skin.

 

kittenkat    pirate
26/04/2013 at 18:46
Little M.iss Happy wrote (see)

(((KK))) feel for you totally. I'm dreading Grace dying - not that she shows any signs of doing so thankfully and is only just coming up to eight years old.

 

Get the insurance - we found M&S the best, I think it's only a four week wait as long as they wouldn't see it as a pre-existing condition due to the former trapped nerve - and then get him to teh vet for x-rays, nerve conduction tests, whatever and set your mind at rest.

Thanks mate, will check it out.

26/04/2013 at 19:48

Just be aware that as I found out the hard way, taking on insurance after you have already had treatment for 'something' could make future claims invalid. I am sure you can work that out, but .... was the trapped nerve ANYWHERE near where he is stiff?

If it is, insurance could well be a waste of money.

Better not to do it than get stressed when they refuse to payout on a 'possibly' related problem. That is sooooo stressful.

I now use petplan for my cats, bit more expensive, but worth it.

Just sayin

26/04/2013 at 20:09

kK, years ago I had a Labrador who suffered from canine hip displasia, similar symptoms to what you describe, with a pronounced wiggle when he was running down hill. Good news is that he responded well to anti inflammatory medication. I'm sure there will be loads in this on t'interweb. 

26/04/2013 at 20:13

My husband a dog trainer and we have 5 dogs - agree with Jen, hip dysplasia sounds very similar symptoms.  Has he had his hips scored?  Sorry you are worried, animals have a habit of bringing out our emotional side (still traumatised from finding our cat on road after being knocked over). 

26/04/2013 at 20:15

I have always had pet insurance. I can't understand why anyone wouldn't TBH.

They all get ill or get into scrapes at some point,

26/04/2013 at 20:21

((KK)) I hope its nothing serious. We noted it of similar thing with out dog but it was as Saffy suggested - his leg was dead from laying on it in a weird position!

it might also be worth seeing how the chap is after a long run/walk and if there's anything different on the back end? We recorded ours to make sure that we were being overly dramatic Or emotional (And to show to the vet)

26/04/2013 at 20:29
Screamapillar wrote (see)

I have always had pet insurance. I can't understand why anyone wouldn't TBH.

 

Because it's expensive.  

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