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My male doberman is 1 year and 7 months old, weve recently begun to notice his curved back. We have always thought it was because he was young and not yet fully developed, but now we begin to suspect it may be something related to his spinal cord. We have arranged a vet appointment to check it out but just wanted to get some knowledge from the community. He is a vibrant and happy boy and shows no signs of pain or duress when we touch his back/curved area. Some things to note that his head is usually down on walks and he has a submissive personality. Not sure if these points are relevant but just in case. Has anyone here experienced this with their dobies? Should we be worried? pictures 1 is when he is paying attention to a food item held above him. picture 2 is when he is relaxed and looking foward
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My dobie is 73 lbs.. picture 2 is taken closer that's why he looks quite small.. he is a tall healthy boy but slightly skinny
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this is odd... Can you force or massage him into a normal profile? If this is possible i would do this to observe his reaction. Does he go back into this profile by changing his stance or is he using more of his muscular structure.
When he runs does it look odd?
I have no experience with this issue just asking questions.
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Dogs in pain can stand like that--the pain doesn’t have to necessarily be in their back, but in their stomach, kidneys, neck... Does he ever tense his muscles or arch even more when you touch him in a particular place? But I don’t know.....

Please update us with what your vet says.
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I had the same thought - that this dog is possibly in pain. Hope the vet figures it out.

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That is quite the roached back, was it like that when you first got him as a little pup?

Let us know what your Vet says.

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Our 10 year old started to look like that but not quiet as much and i thought it was just because he was getting older. Our vet did not say anthing about it so i though it was just age. Just before Thanksgiving i noticed he was showing signs of wobblers, he was walking draging his front paws a bit and back legs were kinda bouncing around a bit. We took him in asap to a specialist in Downers Grove,Ill VCA Arboretum View hospital and after a MRI we were shown how he had 2 discs pushing into his spinal cord. We had them do the surgery to remove disc #5 & 6 on 12/15/16 just last week. Not sure if this is what is going on with your dog but the doctor said this could of developed several different ways, including a fall or neck injury. MRI's are expensive option but are the only way of determining this condition. Our dog is recovering slowly from the surgery but is already showing inprovement in his walking as of today. He is expected to make a full recovery.
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My pitbull ended up arched like this due to a tainted bag of dogfood.. She had major digestive issues and that arch was the result. Resolved itself in a couple of days after she was feeling better.
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He could have CVI (wobblers), you mention he keeps his head low and has a 'submissive' personality. Are you able to turn his head so that his nose can touch his chest, and flanks on both sides? Can he stretch his neck up? The roach back could be compensation of constantly keeping his head and neck in a comfortable position.

Hopefully the vet will be able to help.

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That is definitely NOT normal. It could be many things, and you need diagnostics to try a figure it out. I'd definitely start with some x-rays! Dogs are really stoic about pain, and that hunched back says pain to me.

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