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Old 11-10-2012, 04:58 PM   #11 (permalink)
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How old is he?
I wonder about some spinal issues, like spondylitis? Our Yaeger had no hip issues but was stiff upon arising due to that, we believe. We didn't know it until we had him x-rayed due to sudden paralysis which turned out to be most likely an FCE.
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He turned 3 in August.

Would this have shown on his back/spine xray that we took?
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It seems like it but I can't see those well enough to tell. The vet didn't say anything?
From those x-rays I can't see anything that would make me think the dog would have issues back there in his hips, but I'm no expert...I wonder if his muscles were just sore?
Also a few of our dogs jump and yelp if they think they're going to get stepped on, more from being startled than anything else!
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It seems like it but I can't see those well enough to tell. The vet didn't say anything?
From those x-rays I can't see anything that would make me think the dog would have issues back there in his hips, but I'm no expert...I wonder if his muscles were just sore?
Also a few of our dogs jump and yelp if they think they're going to get stepped on, more from being startled than anything else!
Nope, the vet said everything looked fine and there was nothing to watch or be concerned about at all.

I mean, I just can't imagine his muscles were suddenly that sore when we play and swim and jump all the time and it's never happened before, you know?

He's definitely not the type to yelp and scream unless he's being hurt... He's a baby, but he's pretty bombproof around things falling, tripping, stepping over, etc. and doesn't move unless he absolutely has to, unless it's hurting him potentially. A 2 piece folding door to our closet fell on him in his sleep the other night and we didn't hear a peep from him.
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Old 11-10-2012, 06:39 PM   #15 (permalink)
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At age 3, if he had bad hips, you'd see arthritis, calcification, and remodeling of the joint. None of that--his hips look good. If he was 8 months or 14 months--if there was laxity, there might not be remodeling or other problems showing up yet so position can play a much bigger role in reading the xrays.

As far as what could be causing his issues:

Transitional vertabra causing some instability? Couldn't see the S1/L7 area on the xray.

Pulled muscle or even bruising?

There are tick-borne issues that don't show up on any test just yet--sometimes you can try treating with Doxy for a week and see if the dog improves. If there's improvement, keep the dog on doxy for longer.
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