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1) Any history of illness or injury? 2) Any concerns with ticks during his lifetime? 3) Has Jager ever had x-rays performed on the areas you suspect to be at fault? 4) Is he on any medications at this time? 5) Is he on any supplements at this time? 6) Still eating and drinking well? 7) Do the episodes come and go or persist? 8) Do you have video to share of what you're seeing?
Thank you for the additional information.The first thing we worry about in a senior dog (and Jager is an early senior at 8 years of age) would be age-relate arthritis. This is most common in the lower spine and hips of dogs, though we can see the front limbs with problems too. Your vet may recommend performing x-rays tomorrow to be sure there are no visible abnormalities such as bone cancer that might be an obvious cause. Blood work may also be recommended as some organ dysfunction and underlying illnesses can cause muscle and bone-related pain, as well.If nothing is found, your vet will likely recommend a trial of canine-safe NSAIDs +/- pain medication. Most often medications like this will begin to greatly help the pet within the first 24 hours of dosing. Sometimes these concerns will require medication from that point until the end of the pet's life, or Jager may simply have overexerted his body and need a few days to heal before going back to his typical happy, healthy self.
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