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Dr. Altman, Veterinarian
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Experience:  Practicing small animal veterinarian for 18 years.
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hi, my 3 year old male shitzhu is normally very placid and

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hi, my 3 year old male shitzhu is normally very placid and chilled out but over the last week or so he has started growling for no apparent reason, he has even growled at me when i was stroking him, he growled at my sister when she stroked him and at my daughter in law. he also seems growly with my younger pup, so i think maybe he has something bothering him but i dont want to upset him more poking around with him in ase i hurt him and he bites me. any ideas please
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 3 years ago.
Dr. Altman :

Welcome! I am Dr. Altman, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your questions.

Dr. Altman :

I am so sorry to hear your little ones temperament has changed abruptly

Dr. Altman :

My primary concern would be his back. Especially if he is hesitating to jump on/ off furniture or going up/ down stairs. Sometimes they will walk a little more hunched, tail tucked or even walk stiffer than usual but other times there will be no other indication that this is the issue until they are seen by your vet who can hone in on the problem

Dr. Altman :

Unfortunately I see this quite commonly with the breed and with the fact he is showing this symptom abruptly with everyone makes me suspicious he is cautioning you to avoid touch because he is painful

Dr. Altman :

If you do need to pick him up to get him in the car please use caution. My favorite technique is one hand between the front legs and the other behind his rear to scoop him up. I have actually taught one of my little dogs who has back pain to lay her front feet on my forearm then I pick her up behind her bottom swiftly minimizing the arching of her back therefore pain

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I hope this information makes sense to you, please let me know if I can clarify anything for you today

Dr. Altman :

I would not advise any over the counter pain medication for him without confirming this is the issue. If there is something else going on the pain medication can make things worse and we definitely want to avoid that scenario

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