Sorry I haven't updated. I had a class right after I picked him up last night. It looks like sprained or torn ligament...no sign of Osteo in the x-ray. But, his pain level is very high...and the search I did on here brought up another similar case where the first x-rays were clear, next weeks not. I know it's quite easy to strain ligaments, and it hurts like blly-o...but I can't think of any time he's come up limping...just got up Saturday morning limping. Five days of Metacam, plus Tramadol and his pain seems to be increasing not decreasing. My gut is still telling me worry, although the vet says don't. Just too much recently. If we had ticks here I'd be thinking Lymes...but no ticks, and blood work is good.
If anyone's had a dog with shoulder ligament damage/repair/whatever I'm open to suggestions/advice, anything to stop him yelping every time he moves. Lying is uncomfortable, so is standing. Sitting impossible. Driving him out of town to a specialist would be hell. Not sure where to go or what to do just now. Wait 10 days to see if things improve before referral, might be too late. There was not one sign of arthritis in his 11 year old joint...it was perfect.
I'm flip flopping here...going between waiting and checking further.(That's what you get for researching.) He's in so much pain I don't want to watch them messing with it. But I do want him fixed in time to enjoy fall.