We found a dog in July and after tracking down the owners we all decided it would be best if we kept him. He was extremely underweight and always home alone. I took him to my vet which just so happened to be his previous vet as well. They rememebered him and told me that he had just turned a year old in May. Besides being underweight he was healthy. My problem is this, in the middle of the night or after he has been napping he limps when he gets up. He also moans when I pick him up sometimes. What could be wrong with him?
He was just at the vet for shots and I told her what was going on and she said she could order lots of tests to see if his bones did not develop properly because of lack of nutrition and suspected abuse from previous owners, but as long as he walked properly and could still run there would not be much for them to do.
Go to a different vet. Animals are like children....if our doc told me nothing was wrong with my daughter but she continued to limp and moan...I'd take her to a new doc.
My father was diagnosed with "Acid Reflux" about six years ago. He was treated for it almost a year. He then began passing out and having seizures. His doctors at McChord Air Force Base assured him that he be fine as long as he continued to stay on reflux meds.
He finally got a second and third opinion a year later. He had a tumor in his brian the size of a golf ball. His dco's at UW told us he'd be dead if he hadn't seen them.
Sorry to take it off subject, but I'm a FIRM believer of second, and third opinions!
Katie my youngest is a chronic moaner. Not in pain by any means...but she hates being moved when she's sleeping...which in Katies case is frequent. I always know where she is in the bed at night because I just have to move my foot around and when I nudge her she lets out this long moan and rolls over. She has done that since we got her at 11 weeks. If it's not a painful type of moan then I wouldn't be to concerned about it. Some dogs are just more vocal than others.
He runs and plays with my other dogs and he only limps after he has been sleeping. I wondered if it could be arthritus. I know he is young but he always sits wierd and his legs are long and bony. When we first got him he was terrified of men and when you call his name he rolls over on his belly showing submission immediately. I thought these may have been indicators of abuse. I forget to mention that he is a chihuahua, I think these dogs are more delicate.
***Edited By: nadia2 on 1/12/2007 10:10:33 AM*** Reason: .
I don't know if Chihuahua's are prone to hip dysplacia or not, but in Labrador Retrievers, if the dog "sits weird" meaning (I assume) with one back leg cocked at an odd angle, it can be an early warning sign of problems with the hips.
I'd take the dog into a different vet and see what they have to say. If still not satisfied with their diagnonsis, take him to another vet.
No, it isn't normal for a dog that young to have arthriitis, but it could be an injury from sometime in the past that is affecting his health and happiness now.
It is hard to describe how he sits, but I'll try. When he is sitting his knees are knocked they touch it just looks really wierd. I am trying to get a picture of him doing it , but when you look at him he rolls over on his back to be submissive. I don't know I guess I will just call the vet again.