|Barked: Wed Jul 7, '10 4:29pm PST |
|My four year old mini schnauzer just got a clean bill of health just a mere three weeks during his annual checkup and I couldn't have been happier.
When I left for work yesterday, Frankie, was 100% perfect from what I could tell and no behavior yellow flags. However, when I got home last night, I noted that Frankie attempted to jump up on the couch (as he's done 100's of times before) and missed, as if his hind legs gave out or had no power behind them. My daughter who stayed home yesterday said he's made a few attempts and they didn't work out so good. (Now I feel horrible for think this way....but sometimes she plays a littel rough with him, and sadly, the first thing that popped in my head was she knows more than she's letting on because she's afraid she may be in trouble).
I took Frankie for a walk, and he seemed fine on even/flat surfaces. Although he wasn't racing ahead, he also wasn't limping or acting lethargic at all. Frankie is not limping or favoring any leg.
When we got home from our walk, his appetite was normal, but we did notice again he didn't want to jump on the couch. It's as if he got up to it, thought about it, and stopped. He allowed me to pick him up and place him on the couch. At this point I examined him as best I could. No observable cuts or injuries.
I felt each leg independantly, squeezing each gently starting from the paw, up the lower leg, knee, and thigh. Frankie did not wince, yelp, or flich once.
I rand my hands down both sides, underbelly, back and could not feel anything different, and again, he did not flinch.
However, upon going to bed on our second floor, we noted he struggled to climb the stairs. Doing only a few at a time and seemingly resting a few times as if it were harder than normal. Of course I am puzzled and very concerned. I picked him up and put him to bed where he slep all night.
This morning, I lifted him out of bed and placed him on the ground and he did fine going DOWN the stairs. But a quick test on my part revealed he struggled once again to get back up. It's as if he lost the strength of 'push' in his hind legs on going up or jumping.
He ate his breakfast just fine, went outside to do his business and came back in. I watched him and could not detect any limp or favortism to any one leg.
He's been resting again today and my wife came home early from work and 'felt' him all over again and did not discover anything either, but said he will not jump on the couch, but he clearly wants to be up there and next to her.
I spoke with the vet today and said he possibly injured his back, but won't know unless he gets an Xray. Of course, I will do anything and everything I can for my 4 year old boy. It's only been 24 hours, and I'm scratching my head. I don't want to be premature in case it's just a sprained or inflamed muscle that a day or two of rest wont fix. Of course I don't want him in pain or make the injury worse, but he's clearly not himself, but also doesn't appear to be in pain.
I will most likely take him in by Friday, allowing for one more day of our combined observations.
Anyone else have some insight?
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