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Moaning and Groaning Noises
My 11-3/4 year old makes moaning and groaning noises all the time; like daily; usually when he gets up or moves, and sometimes in his sleep.
For some background, he's not that old, but when he was a puppy, he had OCD surgery on his shoulder and the surgeon did tell us he would have arthritis in the joint earlier than usual. He's had his hips xrayed "beautiful" and spinal xray appeared normal. He's been worked up within the last couple of years and diagnosed with bicepital tendonitis and arthritis in the operated shoulder.
He's been on adequan and the usual array of supplements, with Rimadyl and Tramadol and needed. His weight is good. He gets less exercise now because he limps after too much (more than say 10-15 minutes). I'm sure puppy Gladys' playing with him doesn't help but half the time I peel her off him, he's instigating with her.
So - he's doing it right now - he's lying on the floor beside the bed and he just moved a bit and makes a groaning noise.
Is this normal for older dogs? It sounds like he's in pain, but then he'll get up and move around normally and act normal. He eats, drinks, plays with Gladys, does the stairs, jumps on furniture. He doesn't seem impaired (unless he has a limping episode, at which point I give him his meds and keep him quiet - then the limping passes).
He's doing it more these days, I think the weather is getting colder is causing it?
Does anyone else have or had an older dog that moans and groans?
My friend pointed out that half the time when I get up from sitting I moan and groan. It's true, I have a bad back so when I get up I usually groan and have trouble getting up, then once I get moving, I'm fine. My friend said it's the same way, it's hard to get up, but once they get moving, it's ok.
He goes to acupuncture too, but I'm not sure it's working anymore and I want to make sure we're doing enough for him; so I'll be bringing this up at the next visit too... although I'd like to keep him off regularly scheduled "drugs" or meds as long as possible.
But I'm really interested to find out if it's part of the normal aging process to start moaning and groaning??? Like when you see your grandparents and aging parents with like 50 pill bottles?
Dawn, Dee Dee (L), and Gladys (R)
and Boomer (avatar pic) with us in spirit always