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Last Night my dog jumped off the bed then I saw her lying on her side and rolling over to her back. Her body seemed stiff. She did become incontinant of urine for a minute. Then when I picked her up she seemed scared. This only lasted for a minute. She got up and started walking went up and down the stairs and ate and drank. She is an 11 year old cockapoo. This morning she was back to her normal self. What could hae caused last nights episode?

She could have hurt her back or one of her knees. Little dogs are really good at hurting things at this age from jumping off of things that used to be easy. I would get her a foot stool, some small stairs or some sort of ramp to get on and off your bed from now on.

If she exhibits any sort of pain, lameness or stiffness, you should take her in to see the vet. They can cause some disc damage by jumping wrong, or at the very least, tweak their sacrum which can cause some major back pain.

Some dogs have also torn their knee cartilage, so just keep an eye on her.  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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I have over 35 years experience in the field of veterinary medicine. I specialized in small animals and did wildlife rehab for over 25 years, mostly raptors, squirrels and opossums. I am a Small Animal Nutritional Consultant with 6 certificates from Hills Pet Foods, CNM and Purina. I also specialized in Small Animal Dentistry which is a field I truly love.

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