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Hello and thank you for your question. It appears that the Expert you were hoping to speak with is not currently available. I have stepped in to assist you in their absence. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?Aside from the moaning, are you seeing any true signs of pain when he's mobile? Any limping or hesitating when sitting or standing? Weakness in the rear end?
It sounds less to me like pain and more like a groan of relief or relaxation. One thing that you can do is talk to your vet about putting him on some pain medication like tramadol to see if you see any benefit. If the groaning stops or his activity changes/improves, this will be a good indicator that there was a problem to begin with. This medication can be used along side the rest of his medications safely and used long term if needed. It's not uncommon for dogs, especially labs, at his age to need medication for pain as they get older, and not just NSAIDs. If there's no change, he can easily be weaned off and go back to the regular regimen without problem.If my answer has helped you, please take the time today to leave positive feedback for me. This is the only way that I will be compensated for assisting you. Your satisfaction is my primary focus, so if questions remain please respond so that I may finish assisting you before you rate my service.