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I have a 1.5 year old Boxer, Odin. About 2 months ago he started acting, what I described as, "depressed" So I thought that I wasn't playing with him enough, but he didn't want to play. I decided to take him to the vet. They did xrays, found nothing and thought it was proabley just a pulled shoulder. He walks with his head down, doesn't play, doesn't chew on his bones, he sleeps all of the time and walks with an arched back. (they did xrays of his back as well) He babies his two front paws. He often yelps and whins. He is eating and drinking normally. His stool is fine. He was on pain medication for a while but I think it just made it worse. I know that most of his weight is on his front two shoulders so I fiqured this would take a while to heal but it's be almost 2 months. Has anyone ever been through something like this? How long does it take to heal?
 

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I think I'd get a second opinion.  Depending on the severity, injuries can take quite some time to heal, but I've had dogs with just mild shoulder injuries and they didn't act as you've described.  They limped, and would occasionally whine or yelp if they happened to move the wrong way, but they were still interested in playing, toys, bones, etc.  You might also want to have a test for tick-borne disease, or (depending on your location) something fungal like Valley Fever - while the signs aren't exactly typical, these types of diseases are often called 'great imitators' because they can present as so many other possible conditions.
 

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i agree with Jennifer ..she knows MUCH more than i do about boxers as ive only had mine 2 yrs but had dogs all my life..

I HAVE seen those same exact symtoms in lyme disease..i dont know where oyu live but is this a possibilty? im from mass and its a big deal there..even ON frontline plus...& Lyme disease shots...

the symtoms are lethargic,alot of joint and muscle pain..flu like symtoms...etc...feel just AWEFUL !!!

jsut a suggestion..bc it came to my head..

good luck i hope you find an answer...i too would go to another vet..thats too long and too general of an answer
 

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Thank you so much for you answers and your help. I live in Arizona and I took my dog to a vet in Las Vegas they said that it's probabley not Valley Fever because he's not coughing or has no flu like symptons. But your right maybe I should get a second opinion. The reason I haven't is because one of my friends also has a boxer and they said they had the same problem with his and it took him 4 months to get over it. But I wanted to see if anyone else had the same problem. Most of us have large lots and our dogs do ALOT of running, so I thought that's might be what has caused it.
 

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Another possibility would be HOD or OCD, though typically something would show up on the x-rays.  Here's a bit more on those conditions:
http://www.labbies.com/dysplasa.htm
 

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In addition to the things that have already been mentioned...It is also possible that his injury is not in the shoulder and maybe in the neck or even in the back....That is very typical with holding the head down and of course they act different because doing normal things either hurts or they get in their mind that it may hurt so they just stop.....After two months a pulled muscle would generally be healed if you kept him pretty calm, so I think it is time for a recheck!
 

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im so glad Sharon answered ...i know all about kinesiology in people..and i was thinking that about the back and neck but i didnt want to go into it where i dont know if in dogs its the same...although we all have muscles and joints...people heal differently..and treatments are different in some cases ...

in a person..if the neck & or back is strained/pulled or torn..it would cause the person to hunch therefore making the head go forward...cause aweful pain and the more you tried to stretch it or straighten it out there more it would hurt and the more it COULD damage the tissue surrounding the injury b/c the body would produce scar tissue that can complicate healing..the scar tissue can produce muscle knots and those knots can pinch nerves...

thank you Sharon...im so glad you are here :D
 

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Well, Odin's condition got alot worst. This past weekend he started "knuckling" which I KNOW is Nerological or spinal, both being terrible. By the time I took him into the vet he could barley walk, but at least he doesn't seem to be in pain. The has gone from a "pulled shoulder" to an almost dead dog. The vet has kept him overnight to re-do X-rays and blood work. They are testing for Valley Fever, blood parasite.....they are doing a full panel. I know he is going to die which is so sad because he's not even two yet. Of couse no one has ever heard of this in such a young dog. I have the dog that's the medical mystery. So know I'm faced with what to do? A friend of mine has a Rife Machine and offered to let me use it for Odin. He has used it on both of his boxers. He is convinced it cured cancer in one of them. Has anyone heard of this and what do you think?
 

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Never heard of a Rife Machine.  Looks like a bunch of holistic BS.  Though I suppose it can't do any harm?  I hope Odin pulls through this
 

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jeez im so sorry to hear that....i hope hes ok..maybe they will find something today?

please please let us know ...prayers are with you
 

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Just heard from the Vet. The blood work came back negitive but the X-rays didn't. They found something eating at his neck bone. It's either Bone Cancer or Valley Fever. The Valley Fever blood hasn't come back yet. They have started treating him for Valley Fever but one thing they are concerned with is that if it is Valle Fever he maybe in too late of stages to reverse it. This is very hard. I want to say thank you guys for all of your help and prayers. I shouldn't of waited so long to take him back to the vet, but I was in denial, I didn't want to admit my son was wasting away. Because of my denial he had to suffer. Thank you again and I'll let you know if I find anything else out.
 

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oh sweetie im so so sorry !!! dont give up on him ..see what they say first..dont blame yourself..you were listening to someone you ttrusted...as you said he wasnt acting as if he was in pain...please dont beat yourself up over it.. wait to see what the bloodwork says and then what the next step is...

we are here if/when you need us ...big hugz to you both
 

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Wow... I'm so sorry to read/hear everything that is going on! Don't beat yourself up over this... I don't see how you could really. You've been a great dad.

Like Ky says... don't give up on him yet... wait to see what else they say. I'm so sorry... and we are here for you... always!

Poor baby... we'll keep the two of you in our thoughts and prayers! Keep us posted please!
 

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My thought sand prayers are with you..Sorry I didn't see this earlier....Hopefully an answer will be found and it isn't too late
 

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I hope that the treatment works, Boxers are amazing dogs with such a zest for life so don't give up hope.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.
 

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Poor thing, best of luck to you and your Odin. Please keep us updated and we all hope he pulls through.
 

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Heard from the Vet today. Odin does have Valley Fever. He's not doing any better, nor any worse. The doctor really wants us to hold on and see if he responds to the medication for one month. If he doesn't respond after one month he won't ever. So we are picking him up today and bring him home, I'm very excited because I miss him terribly. The vet says there a 50\50% chance he will recover, maybe not 100%, maybe 80%. As long as he's not suffering, not in pain and happy I'm okay with that. The vet says that he's still eating, drinking and pooping normal, he still wags his tail when he sees people which is a sign he hasn't given up yet......if he hasn't given up on himself, I won't either. The website on Valley Fever Stevinator gave me was great......thanks, very informative. Let's all keep our fingers crossed that he makes a great recovery......
 

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Keep fighting Odin, we are all pulling for you....
 
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