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Growing pains........Dog

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:18 pm

Well, stepped out the house this morning, and the dog was laying in the garage in his normal spot. All seemed well, except he didn't get up. When he did try, he couldn't. Fooled with him, and he didn't seem sore to the touch. Seemed out in has back end. I couldn't tell if it was his spine, hips, or hocks. Took him to the vet. They kept him all day. $294.70 later, they said it was growing pains. Didn't know dogs got that. Anyway, he's 99% now. Part of me suspicions, that it was for attention. Idk. Ever heard of that?
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Postby TennesseeTuxedo » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:51 pm

Breed?
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 01, 2016 6:54 pm

Blue heeler. The kids were on spring break this week, he might have chased them on 4 wheelers, and horses, till he was sore. My first thought was hip displasia, but they said no.
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Postby Workinonit Farm » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:17 pm

How old is he?

I've not heard of growing pains making it so the dog can't get up. I've had lots of dogs of different breeds, and never came across that. BUT......anything is possible.
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 01, 2016 7:32 pm

Right at a year.
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby Craig Miller » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:02 pm

Sounds to me like they couldn't find what was wrong but needed to justify $ 294. Kinda like when the hospital told me my son had a fever virus.
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Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:29 pm

Is he getting a good quality puppy food? Did he get a 7 way shot at weaning?
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Postby Bigfoot » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:32 pm

Boot Jack Bulls wrote:Is he getting a good quality puppy food? Did he get a 7 way shot at weaning?


He had multiple shots. He should be utd. I "think" he eats Iams.
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby Boot Jack Bulls » Fri Apr 01, 2016 8:38 pm

Should be fine in that area then. Ours have been on an unintended raw diet since November, deer from hunting season, dead goats, old meat from freezer cleaning, etc. It is the best I have ever seen ours look, and I've had them for 25 years! Biggest drawback is worms and bones on the lawn. When the run out of dead stuff to eat, we have had excellent luck with diamond brand food. I'm thinking an egg on his food may help your pup out....
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby M-5 » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:05 pm

Message Dr. Parmer. Its his area of expertise
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Postby JMJ Farms » Fri Apr 01, 2016 9:17 pm

I bet they removed a tick that was causing temporary paralysis and billed you $295! Either way, glad he's better.
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby wbvs58 » Sat Apr 02, 2016 4:47 am

I think chasing the kids on the bikes and horses is the most likely explanation, he has overdone it then when he laid down for the night everything has stiffened up a bit. No different to us when we overdo things we have trouble getting out of bed in the morning. I don't suppose you noticed what colour his urine was in the morning.
Dogs his age can get trouble in joints like elbows and shoulders but they will be obviously lame and it won't go away.
I think "growing pains" is a pretty pathetic explanation of things.
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby Bigfoot » Sat Apr 02, 2016 7:22 am

Naw, I didn't see him urinate.
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby creekdrive » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:15 pm

http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Health/Grow ... ptoms.aspx

We have a Chesapeake Bay Retriever that is about 14 months. He is an extremely active dog! From about 8 months to 12 months he would have a bout of this every few weeks it would seem. You could just about watch him growing by the minute at that stage. In the morning when he got up he was really stiff and looked like an ancient old dog with really bad arthritis. As he moved around he would limber up. We tried to keep him quiet and rested but it was pretty much a lost cause. Painkillers made him less stiff, but then he just ran around more & ended up being worse the next day. We just let it run it's course. The first time it happened I was sure we bought a dog with hip & or elbow dysplasia.... seems to be just fine now though!

Hope your pup is back to himself soon!
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Re: Growing pains........Dog

Postby Bigfoot » Sat Apr 02, 2016 1:59 pm

That was him to a T. Glad you posted that.
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