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Hello and thank you for your question. I am a Veterinary Nurse with over 15 years experience and I have assisted in the care of many pets with this particular medical concern. It would be my pleasure to assist you today. Is it possible for me to obtain some additional information from you about your companion?
1) Has Spammy had any diagnostics performed on his back and hips? 2) Is he still willing to run and jump? 3) Is he on any medications at this time? 4) Any history of injury or illness?
The first step here should be a veterinary evaluation and your vet may recommend some x-rays. At his age, we have to be worried about arthritic conditions which might otherwise cause major pain in any area the spine and even the hips. Most dogs over the age of 10 have some type of arthritic changes but it seems smaller dogs tend to hold it off longer than do larger breeds of dogs.If you wish to try some approaches at home, you can place him on glucosamine chondroitin and can try a natural pain reliever like this one: http://www.vetionx.com/arthro-ionx_dog.php?SSAID=852563Let me know if I can help further.