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What's wrong with Moje?
Moje is just over two, up until now he has been right as rain. About a week ago ,on our normal walks out behind in the bush, he would stop, sit, then lay down, and not want to move further. I could sometimes entice him with treats but more often than not he would want to turn around and head home. Very unusual for him. Now his dog food has not changed. But we have been know to give him meat from our leftovers. Last week it was beef, with fat on the edges. I would also say he is somewhat lethargic around the house. Stools are normal, no vomiting and he is drinking normally.
I couldn't stand it any longer so we took him to the vet yesterday. Blood tests were negative (was checking for pancreatitis from fatty beef) stool was negative (parasites he may have ingested snacking on rabbit turds) anal glands were clear and he did not wince when she pressed along the length of his spine. Temp was normal. Paws were fine.
She sent us home with some special dog food (low in fat) and some pain meds, and told us it was gas. He has not burped or farted once in the house during all this.
He has been doing alot of the downward dog stretch which the vet said is indicative often of stomach problems and the stretching make this feel better? The laying down seems to follow a bowel movement so I guess that would be evidence of gut problems.
This also seemed to coincide with him playing with the neighbours dog who outweighs him by a good 35 pounds and she has been know to pounce with both paws on his back. I wonder if he hurt his back, and if arching to poop exacerbates the problem?
Having a dog is frustrating cuz you can't say "Where does it hurt?" Well you can , but they will just look at you with those cute little eyes and a blank stare.
Anyway, I am hoping maybe this sounds familiar to someone out there in Havanese land!