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Has anyone else had a puppy that was unusally stiff for their age?! One that didnt run ever, or had trouble getting up after lying down for long periods of time?! Maverick is 6 months old and we have been noticing for the last few months now, that he is a very relaxed dog... There has even been a couple of times that he would limp on differnet limbs for a day. we just thought it was from playing so rough with Macy, our 1.5 yr golden. Macy moves like a 6 month old should be, and Maverick moves like he is 14 yrs old. :( upon speaking with our breeder, she thought it sounded like pano, but to be sure we had her take him to her specialist vet which is far from where I live, so i sent Maverick away for a couple of days with the breeder so she could go get radiographs. (yes, i trust my breeder to do this). The xrays did not show any signs of pano, or anything else that we should be worried about (says the vet). but, the vet could tell Maverick was in pain. So they gave Metcam which I have already started Maverick on, and already he is like a different dog. he is running and playing and jumping like crazy! I am worried now though, that i will have to give this drug forever!
What I am wondering is if anyone else has had a dog who was stiff like this and eventually grew out of it???? Is this common for puppies to experience pain in their little bodies?! I don't know what to think... Will he be this way forever?? or is it just growing pains!? Should I be going for a second opinion and more xrays?! could it be something worse?! cancer? I am so worried!

I think its important to point out, that even when Maverick was in pain (before giving metacam)... he is a very happy dog, just a little... slow.
 

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I would take Maverick to his own local vet and explain the situation and what the specialist vet found and the medication prescribed. Ask your vet to call the specialist vet. As your vet is the primary vet who sees/treats him , the specialist should be able to talk to him about Maverick.
 

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I'm so sorry that Maverick is going through this.

When Joker has had bouts of Lyme disease, I have seen symptoms of stiffness and soreness. I have no idea whether that's an issue where you live, but it's a very common problem around here and regular testing is important for any dog who is outside much.

Good luck finding out what's wrong. I hope and pray that there is any easy cure.
 

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I was just going to suggest checking for Lyme disease or other TBD's, especially if xrays by a specialist have ruled out pano or other serious joint issues.
 

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Would definitely get your pup seen by your vet and referred to a specialist. This is NOT normal for a puppy! Could be so many things but don't just rely on metacam. He needs blood work done when on meds like that.
 

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Maverick

I am so very sorry that Maverick and you are going through this. I agree that he needs to see the vet.
 

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I would also suggest testing for lyme. I'm not sure how prevalent it is in your area, but it could cause the symptoms you are seeing. I hope you can figure this out soon.
 

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If Lyme is not prevalent in your area, maybe he was exposed to it at the breeder. Here in the Northeast it's very common!!! Especially locally as in our area we have deer in the yard every night.
 

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I, too, was going to suggest having a full tick panel run, not just the "in office screening". It sure sounds like a tick borne disease.
Hoping he is okay.
 

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I think it is imperative that you speak directly to the vet that did the xrays and find out exactly what they xrayed and what they determined from them. If they did not do hip xrays I would take him to an OFA certified vet to have that done.

I also agree you should have a full blood panel done for tick born disease, not just the snap test at the vet's office.
 

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Oh poor Maverick. :( If he is in pain there has to be a source.

My first thought too was lyme and you need a full panel, pano usually hits a little older and usually the front legs. Darby had pano and he limped a lot but still ran around and wasn't stiff or slow moving. I also thought hips/joints and diseases that effect that area, rare in a puppy but would rule them out.

Hope you figure it out quickly and he is back to himself soon, without the meds.
 

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apparently lyme disease is not common for our area at all. And to be honest, Maverick hasn't seen much of the great outdoors since we've had him.. because of this pain, I have refrained from hiking and long walks... so he really has only been within our big yard, and around the block. We took the odd trip to the cottage when he was a pup which is only an hour and 30 min north of here. and again, he was not in the bush. So to have picked up a tick I don't believe it is very likely but u never know! I have an appointment booked on monday for the vet and i will ask for a wellness check and see about getting the full panel bloodwork done, as well as test for lyme disease.
Yellow pee would rule out kidney failure, right? what are signs of that?
 

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First of all, before he was xrayed, did someone go over him and determine where he hurt?
Pano will not always show up on an xray, but the dog should have characteristic pain in the long bones (femurs, humerus). Generally with the polyarthropathy that Lyme disease causes, the dogs have fevers. The treatment, doxycycline often works in non Lyme situations as it has anti inflammatory properties. I would also find a good orthopedic specialist, not one used by the breeder's vet. I have seen young pups with ED act old beyond their age. A good specialist would detect pain in the elbows... and elbow rads are hard to read....
 
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And pano is painful in the bones, Lyme disease is painful in the joints.
 

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It would be a good idea to have the vet the breeder took him send their records and xrays to your vet.
 

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Magic of Macy

Please let us know how your appt. goes!!!
 

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Had the appt today but won't get any results from the lab for a couple of days. The vet said he seems perfectly fine to him, an that he suspects that given that Mavwrick has had a play mate since day one, his lameness and pain could be coming from rough play.. But also added that you can never be too cautious so the blood tests are necessary. Does anyone know what the average fluid intake is for a 6 month old 56 lb golden? I forgot to ask the vet.... Also, the vet told me to increase his food... He thinks he isn't getting the proper amounts that he needs for growing. Even though Mavwrick is not skinny whatsoever.... Hmmmm. He also think I should not be giving grain free. I hope these results come back ok and that it is nothing serious! I love my baby boy Mav:(
 

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I do remember our breeder stressing quite heavily not to let Kirby wrestle with Darby unsupervised and to keep it calm. I never let them wrestle until she was over a year. Play, yes and he would lay down and she crawled on him but I broke up any heavy play. It could be to much rough housing.

I hope he feels better soon, prayers and positive energy to Maverick.
 
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