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My 1 year old dachshund woke in Monday morning unlike

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My 1 year old dachshund woke in Monday morning unlike himself and didn’t want to eat
He was clearly unhappy amd circling lifting his hind leg and wanted to sit by my feet
He is very food driven and after a while did eat
I took him to the vet and his anal glands were blocked and when we came home he was 100-% him again and has been fine no problems until today Friday he’s doing the same thing again and clearly unhappy but has eaten
Submitted: 15 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 15 days ago.

Hello, this is Dr Linda, a UK based vet.

I'm sorry to hear he has not been himself and understand your concern.

Lifting of a hind leg is not a sign I have seen a dog with anal gland issues do before.

This would make me wonder if something else may be going on; perhaps a muscle strain or dislocating knee cap.

I would advise a re-visit, focusing on an orthopaedic exam of the back legs.

At the same time, we can re-check the anal glands to ensure they are still empty and have not become infected.

He may require some medicine such as anti-inflammatories or antibiotics.

Customer: replied 15 days ago.
He went to the vet today and she examined his l he and said his left had a crackle so has recommended an X-ray
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Does that sound right ?
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 15 days ago.
Certainly if there are unexpected lung sounds, this should be investigated. A chest xray is usually one of the first tests we should carry out.
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Sorry I think I explained it wrong the crackle was in his hip not chest
Customer: replied 15 days ago.
Like a grate
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 15 days ago.
Ok, sure.If there is a grating (crepitus) I'm the hip this could be indicative of hip dysplasia or a disease such as Legg Calvè Perthes Disease.I'd be especially concerned if there are signs such as lameness, muscle wastage or stiffness.An xray is certainly sensible so joints can be assessed.