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Lethargic, Large Great Dane , 180lb plus laying straight

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Large Great Dane , 180lb plus
laying straight instead of side as normal
seems to be in pain when getting up and
in pain and uncomfortable when laying still
nose is really cold.
walking hunched with rear end down and tail tucked.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.
Hello. Thanks for writing in. My name is***** and I would be happy to help you. It is possible that there could be some abdominal pain, but it seems more like this is a hip or vertebral problem. My first thought is that he may have herniated a disk in his back. The hunched walk is typical for that, but you may see it with some tail or rear limb (particularly hip) injuries. I would try to lift his tail up as far as it will go, extend both rear limbs out and flex them back up and press down along his spine with 1 hand, while supporting his abdomen with the other hand (more difficult in Great Danes this large). Due to his size, you may or may not be able to elicit a pain response in any of these areas (especially the spine), but it could help to localize the source of the pain. I would try to get him into your vet today to make sure it is not abdominal pain and to rule out a herniated disk. Those can be the more serious issues. At the very least, they can get him on some safe pain medications. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps. My goal is to make sure that you get all your question answered and all the information you need. If you are satisfied with my answer, PLEASE RATE IT. Rating it is the only way I get credit for helping you. If you feel like it is not helpful to you, or if there is more information you need, please respond back to me before rating. Realize that our conversation is not intended to diagnose or treat a condition. There has to be a valid veterinary-client-patient relationship established with an exam, according to law. You should always follow up with your vet.
Expert:  Dr. John replied 1 year ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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