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Lac cries in pain after activity
sugarbearsafari posted:
Rescued 7 yr old Lab from shelter 2 months ago, history unknown. He is energetic, affectonate and loving, always begs to play and eager to swim and run. Never shows signs distress until hours later or next morning. It is heartbreaking because he will cry out and whine in pain in a lay down position. He can stand or walk but yelps and extremely lame in both hind but appears to be sore over his entire body. Just to the touch if you run your hand across his back softly, he acts like it hurts to touch anywhere.
His ears were cleaned under anes. when he was neutered but, both sides under his ears seem to have fluid and swelling in addition to red and inflammed canals. shakes head in discomfort often. Treated with ointment and oral AB's from the vet which had helped initially but its reoccuring. The AB's were prescribed because of a swollen hard mass on muzzle that went away shortly after meds. Exrays were inconclusive on that.
Will Draper, DVM responded:
Sounds like 1) your Lab is having moderate/severe hip problems- either degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, or both. the fluid and swelling in the ears is called an aural hematoma- which is usually secondary to excessive scratching and head shaking w/ chronic ear infections. A visit to your vet is definitely in order- you didn't mention hip x-rays, but I'd recommend that- as will your vet. The ear issue- may require a different antibiotic/anti-fungal issue, and possibly surgery to repair the hematomas. Best of luck- keep us posted.
Dr. Will


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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