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I have a 7 month old dachshund and he is constantly waxing and weening with being a normal, playful and hyper dog to the complete opposite where he is all doom and gloom, lethargic, shivering, stiff walking, whiny, not eating and sometimes yells when he has any sudden movements. The vet gave me Rimadyl and Tramadol a while back to help because she noticed him having some extra growth on his jaw a few months ago and deemed it "lions jaw". She said that he'd have these inflammations of the bone from time to time but the good thing is that its been less frequent.

The thing is that when he is like this, all whiny and lethargic, I don't know what to do for him to make him more comfortable. He goes to bed but whines and shakes and can't make himself comfortable. He was up all night whining and shaking and I mean he didn't stop at all. Seems like the pain meds really don't do much for him and I've tried this calming puppy nutrition gel that has soothing herbs like triptophane and passion flower and I can't tell if that helps either.

I feel horrible for him and just lie next to him and cry because I can't help him and don't know what's wrong. I feel around his jaw and it feels fine and he doesn't complain but he doesn't like when I go for his ears. And they don't look red or have puss so I don't think its an ear infection either. The vet checked for it and saw nothing. It's so strange. There is nothing physically wrong that I can tell (with my limited knowledge) and the vet doesn't see anything wrong, yet he walks around like the most depressed dog in the world and won't stop shivering and whining for days. Then he is fine again!

Any advice? Anything I can do to help him relax?
 

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Have you gotten a second opinion? That's the only advice I can give you, sorry. I hope your pup feels better quickly.
The 1st opinion was that he has a congenital disease of some sort and the 2nd opinion was that he might have had a vaccination reaction but turns out it was a coincidence and the 2nd vet did x-rays on the jaw and saw excess bone on the right side. And it swells and comes down randomly. But today he doesn't have that swelling and he has full range of motion of his jaw so I don't know anymore.
 

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Yes, I suggest getting another opinion. I ended up seeing a specialist. The first vet was useless, the second didn't know what to do. I know it's frustrating cause you want answers. I hope your dog feels better.
 

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Sorry to hear about what's going on, TMar :(

Did the doc say what type of congenital problem he/she suspected? Is there any way to find out more? Did the second doc say anything at all about congenital problems or was the focus mainly on it being a vaccination reaction?

You might want to consider having your pup checked for an orthopedic infection. They cause arthritis like symptoms, which could explain why your pup sometimes appears to be in such pain.

Have you had any tick problems lately? One orthopedic infection is Lyme Disease, which is spread by ticks.

Heartworm disease also causes swelling in the joints.

One final thing - was your puppy sick at all before this problem started? Some virus' and bacteria can cause joint infections.

Hope your puppy gets better soon.
 

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Does your breeder have any ideas? Have they seen anything like this in their lines in the past?
Poor little baby, I feel so bad. I guess If you can find yet another vet to have look at him, that is the way I would go. I might also start documenting things like, when you feed, what you do activity wise in a day etc.... maybe you will begin seeing a patter? I am wondering if there is some stresser to this that sets him off. Good luck to you and keep us posted.
 
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