I think he's having a lot of hip pain. He's a spaniel breed and our home is really too small for him to get around the

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Customer: I think he's having a lot of hip pain. He's a spaniel breed and our home is really too small for him to get around the way he should. Or I think so anyway. He's whining like he's in pain
JA: I'll do all I can to help. When did the dog's hip start hurting?
Customer: It's been hurting off and on for a few months now
JA: Can you tell me when was the last time the dog had a physical checkup? Is he on any medications these days?
Customer: I haven't taken him to the vet since I first got him and got his shots. I really can't afford it. He's not on any meds but when he acts like he's in pain I give him children Motrin
JA: And what's the dog's name and age?
Customer: Willis 2yrs
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know before I connect you? Rest assured that they'll be able to help you.
Customer: Not that I can think of at the moment
Answered by DrJohnH in 9 mins 2 months ago
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Thanks for all the information. It sounds like Willis may be suffering from either hip dysplasia or arthritis. Both of these conditions can cause the kind of pain you are describing. Treatment for these conditions can range from at-home remedies such as light exercise and anti-inflammatory medications, to more advanced therapies such as physical therapy and surgery. I understand how difficult it may be to afford a vet visit, so I recommend trying some at-home remedies first and then if his condition does not improve, scheduling a veterinary visit as soon as you can.I appreciate your attention to Willis's health and I'm sure he is thankful too. Do you have any follow-up questions?

would a warm bath help
should I up the Motrin dosage

Yes, a warm bath could definitely help provide some temporary relief for Willis. I recommend using a hypoallergenic shampoo and warm water to help soothe his hip pain. As far as the dosage of Motrin, I would recommend discussing this with your current veterinarian. The best way to determine the proper dosage for your pet is to consult with his veterinarian who can take into account all the factors, such as age, weight, and existing health condition.

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