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On May 22 my 4 year old, 19 lb molti-poo mix, suddendy yelped

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On May 22 my 4 year old, 19 lb molti-poo mix, suddendy yelped and was in pain.. evetytime he jumped down from the couch, bed or we picked him up the would yelp or winne. I took him to the vet and he checked his body out and the only thing that was tender was his hindquarters. I took him home to observe him. He was still in pain in the morning. Another vet didn't even touch him and said it was probably his back. They took x-rays of his hips & full spine. They diagnosed him with calcium on his spine and set us home with meds. He has been getting a little better each day but today I noticed a large bruise on his left abdomen. He will not walk for every long, he will stop and lick his bottom. He licks himself a lot more than normal. He will not lift his leg to go the bathroom and has only gone poop 2 times since Wed thou he has little appetite. He's sleeping alot and will just stay in his bed when he is awake. With the vet being closed today and tomorrow I don't know if he should be looked at again before Tuesday. Could this be serious or am I over reacting?
Hi, I'm Dr. Friend. I'll help you make a plan for Max today. Do the medications seem to give him any relief?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes the medi's are working some, but I'm concerned about the bruise on his abdmen, him licking himself, not lifting his leg to go the bathroom, when I walk him he will stop, sit down and lick himself and lay down and I have to carry him home only walking in front of the house.

I absolutely agree with you. The licking and general discomfort are suggestive of anal gland disease. This is easily checked and easily treated if we diagnose anal gland problems.

The bruise is a different story. It could be from trauma, or it could be an indication of a clotting problem.

I recommend having him assessed again. I would start with a physical, check his anal glands, and look carefully for signs of bleeding elsewhere. If we find additional evidence of a clotting problem, we should run a clotting panel as well.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Can this wait until Tuesday or should I take him in ASAP to be reassessed?

He should be taken as soon as possible. If his anal glads are abscessed, the can rupture if not treated. Also, if there is a true clotting problem, he is at risk for uncontrollable hemorrhage.
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