I have a 4 1/2 year old working cocker with a legally docked tail, over the last week he has had a problem with his backend.
At the start he was not really wanting to walk and you could see he was in pain, it has gotten better then three days later back to as bad as before(this happened twice back to back)
So yesterday he was taken to the vet to find out what was the problem. The vet has told me that there is absolutely no skeletal issue with his hips ( no dysplasia, one of the best hips he has seen) or with his upper back, knees or shoulders but at the base of his tail( where it joins to his hips) there is a small area that he was unsure of, it looked like the tail had dropped below the line of his spine then back up. This area was not easy to see due to the hips blocking the view.
The dog is moving well and can run about quite happy on level ground but if he is asked to go up or down steps he is in a lot of pain. Same if you try and lift him.
This morning he is in a much better mood, I watched him running about for 20 mins and noticed that there seems to be little or no movement in his tail today, he was trying to go to the toilet but his tail was not moving out of the way, I didn't see if he was successful has he disappeared behind the shed. I also noticed from the first time last night that he was dripping pee, I assumed it may be for the anesthetic he was giving for the x-rays.
I know we have a number of vets on here, does anyone have any idea? The x-rays have been sent to a specialist for there opinion.
Could it be a broken/dislocated tail?
Thanks for your help