Mary first posted this request on Novermber 8, 2005:
I have a 7 year old Boston Terrier, for the past two months her spine has been sticking up and so are her hip bones. Today she looked a little bloated. She is somewhat active and eats her meals fine. Does anyone have any idea on what her problem could be? My vet said that it is normal, but I don't think it is, he also said you have to remember that she's a senior now. Please help. Thanks
Mary from Michigan
She has offered this sad update to her request:
I wrote a while ago about my dog's spine sticking up, I want to thank everyone that responded. The result was she had a tumor and she passed away on Tuesday. Please, if anything doesn't look or seem right with you pet, request further tests to be done. If she would of had more tests done when I first took her to the vet I'm sure she would still be with us today. Don't hesitate to ask for further testing to be done.
Mary from MI
It's not out of the question that she has some intestinal parasite or something else. I'd take her in to actually see the vet, and if that one does nothing I'd get a 2nd opinion to make double sure she's OK. We see our dogs everyday, and most owners who are crazy about their dogs are very attuned to changes in appearance or habit. Trust your instincts! (11/08/2005)
As dogs get older their muscles lose their tone and their spine and sometimes hips protrude to some extent. I take my older dogs for a walk, starting with about 10 minutes and at their speed, increasing over time and after about 3 months, we are walking 1 mile. It improves the tone of their muscles and is great exercise for us both.
Is your dog getting enough to eat sounds like she could be too thin and not getting enough from her food. The dogfood today has very little fat and some dogs need a bit more to stay healthy. Might ask a vet if something to help he add a little weight. Too little not any better than too much food. (11/08/2005)
By dog owner
I think your dog has arthritis. You may want to try the dog food that has glucosamine and chondroitin in it, but as you know there is no cure for arthritis. If you think it is not osteoarthritis, you can get a 2nd opinion from another veterinarian. Best wishes! (11/09/2005)
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