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Old 11-17-2019, 02:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all, I am new to the forum. Have a 13 year old male boxer who hasn't wagged his nub in over month. He is acting like he injured himself, whimpering when getting up and when he does his crescent happy dance. He is inside the house every day and goes out back to do his business. We have a small backyard with a pool so he doesn't run around and jump or anything. His legs aren't wobbly or anything either, eating, drinking, peeing and pooping Ok.
Our vet has him on Rimadyl and a pain med. I am taking him to a holistic vet tomorrow for an assessment and to maybe have acupuncture.

Does any of this ring a bell with anyone as to what could be wrong? One minute he was fine and the next day not so good.
thanks so much!
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Old 11-17-2019, 06:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Could very well be arthritis in his back maybe? Does the medication help him? Have you tried doing massage on him and maybe a warm compress on him? I had to heat and ice one of my dogs injuries, but if its arthritis maybe a warm compress would feel good. My dogs enjoy massage I do for them as well. I have heard people have good results with acupuncture. I had an older boxer who had arthritis in her neck really bad so I would do that for her and she did feel better. Watch out for those NSAIDS they can irritate their stomachs make sure you always give with food but even then some of my dogs got an upset stomach with those.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree, it could be arthritis, it could be a bulging disc, it could be a growth somewhere, it could be an injury in a joint that causes compensation with back muscles, etc.

I would definitely stay in touch with your vet if the current pain management is not giving enough comfort. There are multiple ways your vet can treat pain.

I would also make sure all meds are given with a meal (unless prescribed otherwise) and I would incorporate daily probiotics into your feeding regimen, to help your dog be able to tolerate all the meds.

You are very fortunate to have these precious elderly years with your boxer. It's really good that you are making sure to address the pain issues and mobility issues your dog is dealing with.

My previous boxer lived to be 14 and he required fluctuating amounts of pain meds his last few years to keep him comfortable.

During his flare ups with arthritis, it helped my elderly boxer immensely if we limited his access to all stairs by placing baby gates in multiple locations. We also placed an upholstered bench next to our bed, and I trained my elderly boxer to use the bench for climbing into/out of bed.

I hope you & your vet or whomever is providing the holistic treatment are able to figure out exactly what the cause of the pain is, & get your boy comfortable.

I agree with the suggestions above to provide some massage therapy yourself, if your dog will tolerate it.

Elderly boxers can do a surprisingly good job recovering from injuries or flare ups, so you are right to continue exploring options to get him comfortable. Well done on that.
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Old 11-18-2019, 01:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hello all, I am new to the forum. Have a 13 year old male boxer who hasn't wagged his nub in over month. He is acting like he injured himself, whimpering when getting up and when he does his crescent happy dance. He is inside the house every day and goes out back to do his business. We have a small backyard with a pool so he doesn't run around and jump or anything. His legs aren't wobbly or anything either, eating, drinking, peeing and pooping Ok.
Our vet has him on Rimadyl and a pain med. I am taking him to a holistic vet tomorrow for an assessment and to maybe have acupuncture.

Does any of this ring a bell with anyone as to what could be wrong? One minute he was fine and the next day not so good.
thanks so much!
Welcome. 13 is amazing, good job! I wish I could help. I think you have some good input here and you will likely get more from others. I hope he's feeling better soon.
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