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1) Have you witnessed any recent injury or exertion?2) Are ticks a problem in your area?3) Has he been vaccinated against Lyme disease?4) How old is he?
You are certainly describing what could be symptoms of a tick borne illness with him walking and holding his body in a gingerly fashion. If Lyme is prevalent in your area, your vet can perform one of two tests easily. The first is a heart worm test that also checks for lyme and the other is a tick panel which is a bit broader checking for lyme and a few other tick borne illnesses. Depending on your location, this one may be more useful if Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever is a local concern as this is not something the heart worm test checks for. If this is tick borne illness related, treatment usually involves oral antibiotics, canine-safe NSAIDs and pain medication for a few days before the pet begins to improve. Your vet may also recommend x-rays of the neck and rear limbs if the tick-related illnesses are ruled out to ensure that an injury has not occurred. In any case, rest will be recommended during his recovery period to decrease the risk of over-exertion and making things worse.
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