As far as structure goes, Jaka is a mess, i know that...
So far he didn't have any major problems because of that, but lately i've been noticing some unusual behaviour almost every time after a rough day of playing with my former foster Rina... Am i seeing things or does he really look uncomfortable?
He has some trouble going up and down stairs and jumping on the couch, not immediately after the exercise, but later in the evening after resting for a few hours. On normal days he's never as slow as he is in the video. He's fine otherwise, i've checked him all over and he doesn't look to be in any major pain (he's a soft dog so he shows if he's hurting). After days like today he's usually fine the next day, but i guess i can expect things to get worse with age, he's turning 7 next year.
After the holidays i will take him to Brina's osteopath, she really helped Brina so i'm sure she can do the same for Jaka. There's not much you can do with a dog who has a bad structure, sadly.
Has he ever had x-rays done? A friend of mine has a six year dog who is developing arthritis early because there is some kind of rotation in her rear leg bone (I don't know which one) that is hard to correct. He seems to be pretty well-muscled which can help with joint stability but still can't completely compensate for the poor structure.
I'd lean towards the back with his structure but Shamoo has trouble with her back legs, particularly her knee. I see those same straining movements and hesitations when she climbs on the couch and up the stairs.
I realize his conformation isn't the best but in the video he looks abnormally hunched up, like even worse than in the photo. I would have your veterinarian give him a full 'soundness' exam to check all of his limbs for pain, but also feel along his spine. Often times when dogs are having back trouble they will get that hunched appearance. IMO he definitely looks uncomfortable going up the stairs.
Jade has a bad knee (arthritis) And after any hard playing she gets very stiff for 24 hrs, and while whimper and whine. And it usually takes a cpl hrs to get this way after play. So, I would have his knee's / hips checked. Poor lil dude!
The osteopath who i visit is also a vet with a great deal of knowledge about orthopedics so i will start there and see what she thinks and if there will be any improvements after the theraphy. I've already started him on glucosamine and salmon oil supplements.
Jaka is not limping at all, he never has that's why i doubt it's his joints or knees. Plus as somebody noticed, he's even more hunched up in the video than he normally is that's why i suspect it's his back. He's normal today, like nothing happened.
Misskiwi67 can you tell me more about laser theraphy? Thanks. Is this what you're talking about?
I just wanted to echo the recommendation to get some x-rays done of his back, especially his lumbar spine. He definitely looks stiff and uncomfortable going up (and down) the stairs and getting up on the couch. Lucy displayed the same kind of stiffness and hesitation earlier this year, and after the vet did exstensive x-rays, she was diagnosed with severe spondylosis (which is spinal arthritis leading to fusion, from what I understand). Thankfully, a daily regimen that includes salmon oil, previcox (an NSAID for dogs), as well as an occaisional tramadol and gabapentin have kept her very comfortable since she was diagnosed. Good luck to you both, and I hope the adorable Mr. Jaka is feeling better very soon!
Thanks everybody for your suggestions. Spondylosis is what crossed my mind too, i think doing some x-rays would be a good idea, i will get on that as soon as i save up some money.
Jaka had another play date with Rina today, they played for 2,5 hours and we walked for another 1,5 hour. My friend gave me some homeopatic painkillers (Traumeel) she used for her senior Groenendael and I gave one to Jaka when we came home. He's fine now, no problems at all which is good.
He did however loose two of his front teeth today while playing TOW with Rina