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My 80 lb lab is 8 yrs old. Yesterday I heard him yelp as he

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My 80 lb lab is 8 yrs old . Yesterday I heard him yelp as he lauded bown, and several times since then. We walked this am, 2 miles he did his business as usual, peed all over town as usual- eats and drinks -. His lower belly seems a tad firm- he also had been chewing on a rawhide bone- he loves his bones help??
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: Yes, and no there isnt
JA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Woody
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Woody?
Customer: I don't think so
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 11 months ago.

I'm sorry to hear of this with Woody. Vocalizing when landing and subsequent vocalizing suggests musculoskeletal pain. Firmness in the abdomen is likely ot rrepresent "splinting" of the abdomen secondary to such pain rather than pain originating within the abdomen. This is a relatively common finding associated with spinal pain and concomitant muscle spasms such as is seen with degenerative disk disease (a "slipped disk") and advanced spinal osteoarthritis (the "cauda equina syndrome"). A careful exam of all of his joints and palpation along his spine looking for areas of hyperpathia (increased sensitivity) should be performed by his vet. X-rays may be recommended predicated upon findings in the exam.

In most cases, a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID) such as carprofen or meloxicam will be prescribed to see how Woody responds to such therapy. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.