Whats Wrong With My Moose

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by GwenFarms, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    Moose, my little Jack Russell/Chihuahua mix, has something odd wrong with him. The first time he did this was a few months ago. He was lying down napping and then jumped up whining and howling like he was in awful pain. He came running to me for help with his tail between his legs. He didn't do it again until day before yesterday and now he has done it twice. There is nothing obviously wrong with him and the episodes only last a few minutes, then he goes back to being himself.

    What do you think could be wrong with my Moose??
  2. Corey NC

    Corey NC Songster

    Mar 28, 2007
    North Carolina
  3. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    I don't think so. He wasn't sleeping when the last spell hit him. He seems to be in genuine pain.

    Thats a good suggestion though.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2008
  4. nccatnip

    nccatnip Songster

    Aug 5, 2007
    Piedmont area NC
    Maybe a trip to the vet?
  5. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Crowing

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    Pinched nerve?
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Pinched nerve? Gas pain? Some brief noise in the neighborhood that's too high for you to hear yourself but scares the bejeebers out of him?

    Good luck,

  7. chickbea

    chickbea Songster

    Jan 18, 2007
    Is he getting older? He may be becoming arthritic.
  8. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Songster

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Our chihuahua does this, and here's why...

    He has three herniated discs in his back. Dogs with long back such as chihuahuas and dachshunds tend towards these problems. This is partly because people tend to think, awww cute puppy I pick him up, LOL. We used to pick ours up ALL the time, and this is the result. There is nothing that we can do for ours outside of an outlandishly expensive surgery.


    Do you hold your dog often?
    If so, do you mainly support his chest, or do you offer good support to his pelvis and lower back?
    When he has one of these spells, does he look back towards his tail, and/or walk funny AT ALL?
    Does he have a history, himself or his lineage, of back problems?

    This is not to say that this is absolutely what your dog has, there are dozens of possible causes and solutions. [​IMG] Hopefully I have been of some help. [​IMG] Sorry to run so long, LOL
  9. GwenFarms

    GwenFarms Songster

    Feb 26, 2008
    This has all given me something to think about. I'm leaning toward the gas pains. He draws up like its stomach pain. Could be a pinched nerve. I will bring up the back thing at his next check up, but it shouldn't be arthritis. He is only a year old. He is due for a check up soon, so if it doesn't get worse between now and then I'll wait. I mostly just wanted to make sure that noone here had experienced anything that was an emergency like this.

    Thanks Everyone! [​IMG]
  10. IrkanInvader89

    IrkanInvader89 In the Brooder

    Mar 14, 2008
    Within The Matrix
    Yeah, I would say a visit to the vet would be your best bet, but keep a good eye on him meanwhile!

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