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My 13 yr old yorkie has been waking up yelping in pain it seems

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My 13 yr old yorkie has been waking up yelping in pain it seems to get better during the day but at night its everytime he moves. I dont know what to do, when i took him to the vet he had no problems cause it was during the day but at night its everytime he moves. I know its some kind of pain just dont know what?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
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Have you noticed?



Reluctance to jump or go up and down the stairs?

Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Only when he first gets up he doesnt seem to want to move. I have touched all his limbs and they seem fine.
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 5 years ago.
With the history of pain after a night of rest, this is quite classic for arthritis - stiff joints - and this loosens up as the day goes on.

That is the textbook definition for this.

In this breed, the more common causes for this include:

1) Knee pain
- One knee problem in this breed can be a luxating patella (knee cap) - LINK HERE

2) We can also see hip pain, such as arthritis - LINK HERE

3) Finally, in breeds such as this we can see back pain. While again, this can be a temporary injury, other common back pain in breeds such as this is a slipped/herniated disc - LINK HERE

Regarding pain management in dogs for situations such as this, common options to consider include:

1) NSAIDS (like ibuprofen - BUT SAFE FOR DOGS!)
- Rimadyl (LINK HERE)
- Deramaxx (LINK HERE)
- Meloxicam (LINK HERE)

2) Tramadol (an opiod like morphine used in dogs) - LINK HERE

3) Glucosamine is another option to consider - over the counter (EXAMPLE HERE)

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