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worried about my 2 year old lab
12-04-2016, 05:06 AM,
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worried about my 2 year old lab
I'm sorry if this a little bit long, but i don't know what is a symptom of something and what isn't. So my dog has been acting strangely for about a month. He seems to be perfectly fine then out of nowhere he starts shaking, mostly in his back legs, and his face looks like he's in pain. This will last for anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple hours, then he seems fine again. A couple of weeks ago he was lying down, crying, and his whole body was shaking and he had peed where he was lying. I took him to the vet where they x-rayed him to check his back because his hind end was lowered and kind of tucked in. His back was fine but she mentioned that she saw a lot of gas in his intestines. He was fine for a week after that but then his symptoms started again this week and they seem to have gotten worse. He has these episodes more frequently. I've also noticed that he will get very mannequin-like and stand in the same lowered hind end tucked in position for 10-20 minutes without moving. When he has one of his episodes he sits weirdly too, like a little crooked so that he's sitting more on his hip than his rear. I don't know what could be wrong with him and i'm not sure how worried i should be since it comes and goes.  Please, does anyone have any information or advice?
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12-04-2016, 01:23 PM,
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RE: worried about my 2 year old lab
If your dog is arching his back, this can indeed be indicative of some sort of abdominal discomfort or spinal issue. A problem with the nerves in the spinal cord can cause a disruption in the nervous system's ability to send and receive messages and this can cause poor motor control of the muscles. While x-rays may show several problems, some spinal issues are only detectable with an MRI or other tests.

Gas in the intestines may cause pain and a dog to arch his back, but the symptoms you described seem a bit excessive for being gas, however, there are cases where dogs may behave in uncharacteristic ways when experiencing strong pain. Did the vet prescribe anything for the gas? If so, did the episodes reduce when your dog was on said medication?

This can also be a seizure disorder and a video is worth 1000 words. If you can film these episodes, they would be helpful for your vet and possible a neurologist if your vet cannot get this figured out. Also keep a log on when these episodes occur, how long their last and what your dog ate. If these episodes are occurring frequently and stomach pain or spinal issues are ruled out, perhaps a trial with anti seizure medication may help. If these episodes subside while on these meds, then likely it's epilepsy.

In any case, this warrants further investigation. This is not normal and even though your vet didn't find a cause doesn't mean your dog has a clean bill of health. I would report back to the vet with the videos or seek another opinion and possibly, see a specialist if it's not sorted out.
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01-05-2017, 06:03 PM,
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RE: worried about my 2 year old lab
I read about something similar to what you're describing recently called "lumbar spine" it happens to working dogs I would ask your vet about it.
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01-05-2017, 06:37 PM,
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RE: worried about my 2 year old lab
The correct term for what I'm thinking of is lumbosacral stenosis. I'm struggling with a dog with excessive gas and I did some research on this because gas is a beginning sign of this disorder. My dog is also a German shepherd mix so I was especially worried because it's common in Shepard's. But between the pain and your dog urinating while laying down I would ask your vet to take another look at the x-rays. The lowered behind is also a red flag in my opinion. I wish you the best of luck though I know having a dog in that much pain is really hard.
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01-06-2017, 01:25 PM,
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RE: worried about my 2 year old lab
(12-04-2016, 05:06 AM)dizzane Wrote: I'm sorry if this a little bit long, but i don't know what is a symptom of something and what isn't. So my dog has been acting strangely for about a month. He seems to be perfectly fine then out of nowhere he starts shaking, mostly in his back legs, and his face looks like he's in pain. This will last for anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple hours, then he seems fine again. A couple of weeks ago he was lying down, crying, and his whole body was shaking and he had peed where he was lying. I took him to the vet where they x-rayed him to check his back because his hind end was lowered and kind of tucked in. His back was fine but she mentioned that she saw a lot of gas in his intestines. He was fine for a week after that but then his symptoms started again this week and they seem to have gotten worse. He has these episodes more frequently. I've also noticed that he will get very mannequin-like and stand in the same lowered hind end tucked in position for 10-20 minutes without moving. When he has one of his episodes he sits weirdly too, like a little crooked so that he's sitting more on his hip than his rear. I don't know what could be wrong with him and i'm not sure how worried i should be since it comes and goes.  Please, does anyone have any information or advice?

Since your local Vet has ruled out rear leg skeletal problems, that still leaves a smorgasbord of choices.  All not likely to resolve on their own:

A spinal problem in an area not having been given Xrays yet.

Meningitis or inflammation of the nerve sheath.

Enlarged prostrate, or other enlarged internal organ potentially placing pressure on the spine. 

A reoccurring muscle spasm near the spine.

A tumor placing pressure on the spine. 

The gas accumulation is most likely a result of irregular breathing during these pain episodes. Where the dog is gulping down air.  You should ask your Vet for a referral to a doggy internal medicine specialist.  Probably more Xrays, and an Ultrasound are in your near future.  Where subsequent treatment would depend on what's found.  GL, and let us know what they find.
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03-09-2017, 12:18 AM,
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RE: worried about my 2 year old lab
(12-04-2016, 05:06 AM)dizzane Wrote: I'm sorry if this a little bit long, but i don't know what is a symptom of something and what isn't. So my dog has been acting strangely for about a month. He seems to be perfectly fine then out of nowhere he starts shaking, mostly in his back legs, and his face looks like he's in pain. This will last for anywhere from 10 minutes to a couple hours, then he seems fine again. A couple of weeks ago he was lying down, crying, and his whole body was shaking and he had peed where he was lying. I took him to the vet where they x-rayed him to check his back because his hind end was lowered and kind of tucked in. His back was fine but she mentioned that she saw a lot of gas in his intestines. He was fine for a week after that but then his symptoms started again this week and they seem to have gotten worse. He has these episodes more frequently. I've also noticed that he will get very mannequin-like and stand in the same lowered hind end tucked in position for 10-20 minutes without moving. When he has one of his episodes he sits weirdly too, like a little crooked so that he's sitting more on his hip than his rear. I don't know what could be wrong with him and i'm not sure how worried i should be since it comes and goes.  Please, does anyone have any information or advice?
Hi Dizzane,
That's very frustrating. As owners, it's so hard to see our pets in pain.
I have a strong feeling that it has something to do with his abdomen.
Maybe you need to change his diet for the mean time. 
What should be the next step according to the vet?
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