I did not search (I know I should), but my baby is in a LOT of pain and I dont have the time or patience right now to go searching for answers. Plus I have to be to work in a few hours and want to cover as much ground as possible!
OK, first off I have a 10 year old male Min Pin. He is average size and slightly over average weight (13lbs, maybe more). I have done my best to take care of him and his health, but he recently starting showing severe signs of his age.
The "what I do know":
-He is randomly in pain, showing sings resemblign old age, possible arthritis or a pinched nerve
-He stiffens up when in pain
-He randomly lets out "cries" and generally hurts himself when he is hyper
-he is stiff due to the colder climate
-he hates the cold now and acts like an old man
-after a few hours of laying in my bed with the electric blanket on, he seems to recuperate quite well.
-he seems to be "babying" his front right shoulder and leg, though he has never injured it before
-He didnt eat for about 2 days when in serve pain! This was the worst of it though, about 5 days ago.
The "what I dont know":
-I dont know if the heat is helping him, though basic common sense tells me it should help
-I dont know if its arthritis, old age, brittle bones or any combination of each.
-I dont know if its a pinched nerve, pulled muscles, etc etc
-I dont know much since I dont have the $ to take him to the vet right now (tis the season to be broke).
What i have been doing:
-I started to relax him as much as possible whenever I am around and do notice he is in pain
-I am giving him about 1/6 of a pill of low dosage of aspirin (about 14mg) to help ease the pain (as advised to me by another dog owner of 6 dogs)
-Giving him about 1/5 of one pill of joint medacine for humans (glucosimine, conjointin, etc).
As soon as the funds become available I will be getting him pet vitamins (Daily Motion and Hip & Joint pills).
Any and all advise would be greatly appreciated!!! Thank you for your time in reading this!!!!