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My 4 yr. old Czech. working line GSD was playing fetch and jumped for a ball and yelped in pain. This was about 2 months ago. Since then he can't run or jump without yelping. Vet examined him and couldn't find anything wrong. No limp or signs of pain when palpated. I think it's an ACL problem but vet says no. What do I know - right? no limp but I still think he hurt is ACL.

Told to rest dog for about a month. Maybe a pinched nerve or back strain I'm told but don't agree. I'm not sure if he's right.

Anyone have any ideas or experience with this problem. The poor dog wants exercise but when he starts to run he screams.
 

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I'd agree that it's probably xray time. Until then, I'd probably ease off on the walking/off leash activity.

I'm not an experienced dog owner (my guy is only 10 months and i've had him since 9 weeks), but my guy did have an issue with a fracture by his achilles heel at about 12 weeks, and I limited pretty much all non essential activity (ie: only taking him out to eliminate) until he was healed. It took just over a couple of months, but we were lucky due to the fact that he was so young when it happened.
 

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Go to an ortho, not the regular vet. if he hurt his acl, they are looking for inflammation and signs of arthritis forming in the xray as well as bone displacement.

When Jax finally blew her ACL enough for them to do surgery, her only sign was it hurt her to jump and she was finally refusing to jump. If it was a microtear and it wasn't treated with conservative management then it's going to continue to tear. My ortho vet described it as a rope fraying.
 

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i think your Vet should have recommended a specialist. did your
Vet take x-rays?
 

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Yes, go to a different vet...permanently. If your dog is in that much pain then you need to find a vet who can figure out why and come up with a plan to fix the problem.

An ACL tear would result in a limp but you only describe the yelp. That could be any number of things but my dog hurt his neck and back leaping for a ball and let out a terrible yelp when he landed. He was clearly in pain about an hour later. I took him to the chiropractor the next day and he got laser therapy and there was a huge improvement right away.
 

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Help with yelp!

Thank you everyone. I have seen 2 vets and they seem to think it's a back or neck problem - pinched nerve or a disc injury. I disagree. I think it''s his acl but he doesn't have any limp. However, I still think it's his acl. Anyhow, both recommended rest as much as possible for a few more weeks. They both seem to think it's minor and will go away. X-rays next and then I need to find an ortho guy to try and find the problem. I appreciate all the input -- Thanks again.

Rich/Almo
 
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