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My dog is showing sudden pain and general stiff movements
JSmith520 posted:

My 7 Year old Danish Pointer is suddenly showing general pain, in the area of his ribs, and general stiffness.

Rupert the Dog is generally very active and had in the last two days not wanted to run, fetch, and whines even when not touched.

When Rupert sits, he sits a little hunched and just is not really the dog that he had been in the past. Rupert's movements are very slow and deleberite

Any ideas, the weather had changed suddenly and gone from sunny to rain and about a 20 degree drop in tempature.

cjh1203 responded:
I'm no expert by any means, but it sounds like you need to get Rupert to the vet as soon as you can. I had a dog with similar symptoms, and it turned out that she had a ruptured spleen -- we never did figure out how or why it happened.

Whatever it is, it sounds like way more than a reaction to changing weather.
Ernie Ward, DVM responded:
Rupert needs a review! I agree, get him to your vet ASAP. Hopefully Rupert's just beginning to show the early signs of osteoarthritis.

One tip: write down everything you're observing BEFORE you visit your vet. This will help you remember details you may forget during the visit.

Good luck, Dr. Ernie


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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