What's Wrong With My Dog?

by Antonio
(UK)

My Cocker Spaniel Seems Sad - What's Wrong With Him?

My Cocker Spaniel Seems Sad - What's Wrong With Him?

I have a 10 year old cocker spaniel and in the last few days he has become very sad and has started to yelp as if he is in pain or some discomfort.

We know there is a problem but can't understand what it is. We never usually hear him make a noise, for example, bark etc, as he's such a quiet dog, so for him to yelp, something must be causing a problem.

The other night I woke up to see him walking funny as if he had a funny turn during the night.

I immediately took him to the vets and they gave him an anti-inflammatory injection for any discomfort. They checked him over and said they couldn't really see any problems but it have been muscular pains etc so they gave him an injection to ease that and asked us to monitor him over next couple of days.

His walking is back to normal now and much better, but he seems so sad and down.

I know something is wrong but saying that he's the type of dog if you act worried in front of him he would be worried and if you go to him happy he seems a lot better.

Unfortunately we have not de-fleaed or wormed him on time. We are one month behind and only just done this so don't know whether any of that is bugging him.

He is eating and drinking fine. But it's just the sadness I don't like and not really the norm for our dog.

Can anyone help please?

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Sad Dog
by: Anonymous

I had a similar problem but with a much younger dog. He seemed like he didn't want to move and just looked really sad. I took him to the vet and the only thing they could figure out is that he might have pulled a muscle.

He seemed better for a day and then acted sad and didn't want to move again. Later he started to whine a little. I suddenly remembered a friends dog acting the same way a couple years earlier.

It turned out to be the anal glands.

I took my dog back to the vet and asked them to check his anal glands and it turned out they were extremely full! They emptied them and he was back to his old self. We haven't had any more problems like that in the last two years.

The vet just hadn't thought to check for that the first time.

I hope this helps.

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