|Barked: Mon May 20, '13 8:35am PST |
|Hey pals, So I've noticed within the past 2 weeks Peter has slowed down a little more than ususal. He did have cervical/back surgery on Halloween this past year, so it's been a good 7 months since his surgery. He was moving around real good, almost jogging, had fluid movement, no limping or anything like that, and could clear the one step we have to our front door easily. But, I've noticed the past week or 2 weeks that he's slowed down some. Then yesterday he had this limp-walk thingy he was doing on our evening walk. I didn't notice it on our morning walk. Weird.
So, I though maybe he tweaked something because earlier in the day he was in a begging position sitting on his back legs, I've been really really trying to get him to stop doing that even since his surgery but he steals a few in every now and then.
But, on the walk his shoulders and hips just looked, well, stiff or something. I compressed his back mildly to see if there was any pain or if he flinched but nothing....he tolerated it fine.
I only know what to look for as far as surgery or injury goes unfortunately. And since Peter is my first dog I'm so new to all this old-age stuff and it just breaks my heart. Of course I am going to make an appointment with our vet to have an arthritis evaluation but I was just wondering how many of you guys are dealing with this and for how long and what successful medication you have taken or are taking. Also, what were the signs and also, what ages.
Any input is appreciated.
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