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Hello, this is Dr. Jess. I am sorry to hear about Jax! Is this a brand new problem or has it been going on for a bit?
Ok. How long has it been going on this time?
Any accidents or falls that you know of or has he gone on an extra long walk or played hard recently?
Are you home with him now?
Ok. Can you take each of his legs and flex and extend them to see if you get any reaction?
Then starting at his neck and working down to the tail, press firmly down on his spine, working your way backwards, checking for any reaction.
Ok. And does he seem to be lame in any particular leg, or just overall seems hesitant to move more than needed?
Ok. And if you feel both hind legs compared to eachother (best to do with pet standing), do you feel any difference/asymmetry between the two legs? Particularly in the knee area?
Ok. So there are a few things I would worry about given your description. One would be mild back pain due to a very mild slipped disc in the spine. This can cause some compression on the spinal cord which can make it uncomfortable for the dog to do things like jump up and down off furniture and use stairs. I also worry about flare ups of mild arthritis due to something like hip dysplasia, or chronic knee problems- dogs can get partial tears of the cruciate ligament of the knee or the meniscus of the knee, which can have occasional flare ups.
In cases like this, I would recommend an exam by your vet while a flare up is going on, to see if they can detect where the problem might be coming from, and a prescription of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Rimadyl for incidences of flare ups of pain. If the pain is more ongoing, I would also recommend a joint supplement such as Dasuquin to help decrease the discomfort.
Unfortunately there is not a safe fast acting pain reliever that I can recommend in dogs that you can get over the counter.
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