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Hello this is Dr. Holloway but you can call me Dr. H for short. I am sorry to hear about your pet Captain Hector Barbossa's current situation. It appears that he is having some cognitive dysfunction. This is evident because of the staring into space and abnormal behavior. There are treatment options available for this disorder that I can discuss with you.
I would also be concerned about possible hip or spinal arthritis based on his strange sitting stance.
What breed of dog is he?
Doe he have any limping on his back legs or any history of hip dysplasia?
- Dr. H
Ok. There is a chance that he has a muscle sprain there but usually muscle sprains will resolve themselves within 4-7 days time. If the stiffness extends beyond that then either bony changes (degenerative joint disease) or a ligament injury are more likely. It would be a good idea to get some imaging (x-ray) done on the leg to investigate further.
There are some joint supplements that can be given now to help with joint support. My top 2 are:
1) Dasuquin (Nutrimaxx)- available online and some pet stores
These are given daily and have been shown to be effective in helping with stiffness and lameness in older dogs with osteoarthritis symptoms.
The staring into space incident seems like this just started. He doesn't seem to be displaying any other symptoms of cognitive dysfunction that you have mentioned so far such as, not responding to his name call, staring at walls for long periods of time, dull mentation, forgetting to eat his dog food, etc. If these symptoms begin then this is a true indication of cognitive dysfunction which is quite common in older dogs and is an age related change that is similar to dementia in people. There are medications to help with this that have to be prescribed by your veterinarian. But for now it appears his mentation is perhaps stable.
Is there anything else you with to discuss at this time?