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Dr. Loretta
Dr. Loretta, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  25 years of experience in surgery and internal medicine.
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I have a six year old German Shepherd Dog. Recently he has

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I have a six year old German Shepherd Dog. Recently he has been limping on his front legs.
Manipulation of the claws, pads and each joint does not cause him pain, but getting up
suddenly from a lying position causes him to yelp, as does turning his head very quickly.. He has always been a strong healthy dog, fed on premium quality kibble plus cooked vegetables and minced beef. A dog trainer friend has suggested a joint disorder called "OCD" or similar I have not been able to find a dog disorder of this name except Chondryasis that occurs in large breed puppies. Are you able to offer any help?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Loretta replied 4 years ago.

Good Morning and welcome to Just answer. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.

I am sorry that Zac is not feeling well...

Most likely Zac has suffered an injury to a disc in his neck. This is very common in older german shepherds because of their conformation. Since he does not have any digestive issues, this is the most likely cause for his pain and lameness. Since this is deep within the vertebrae, he will not show pain when you touch or palpate these areas. This can happen when Zac jumps up or down on something or just moves the wrong way.

The best thing you can do for now as long as Zac is eating well now, is to give him aspirin at 5 mg per pound every 12 hrs. This will decrease the inflammation that is causing his pain and start to stabilize this disc. Do not allow him to jump on or off anything or even climb stairs to allow this disc to stabilize.

It is best to have your vet examine Zac to be sure that this is the case and that this treatment is appropriate. This is not likley to be OCD since this is seen in younger dogs.

Does that make sense to you?

Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please Reply so I can clarify for you

Sincerely, Dr. Loretta