I am looking for some opinions. I train my dog 2 -3 days per week. He is a YLM with above average energy levels. He is 3 years old and this is his second real season hunting.
My dog duck hunted on Friday, 14 retrieves. We hunted Saturday and there were 21 retrieves. These were not easy, but nothing out of the ordinary. He was tired after each days hunt. We came home Saturday and he got a full nights sleep. Looked good on Sunday morning, lots of energy. I took him on an afternoon Pheasant hunt on Sunday afternoon. He was out running around for 2 1/2 hours. The place we hunted had ditches, creeks, lava rock, and lots of mud. We got home on Sunday and he was walking like his feet were sore, my thought was the lava rock. When I went out to feed him on Monday morning he was constantly whining, looked like he was not well, could barely stand up, back arched up, barely could walk with very stiff legs. He almost fell over a couple of times. I took him to the vet, where he stayed all day. No fever. They gave him an anti-inflamatory med and made sure he took in fluids. They x-rayed his hips and elbows, all was good. They drew blood but did not run any tests yet. As of Monday night the thought was he was over worked, extremely sore, maybe muscle cramps. He came home with the idea he will get a little better each day, if he does not get better, does not drink water, or does not eat, go back to the vet.
Currently, and after two days, he is drinking water, eating food, normal urine, normal bowel movements. His attitude is much better today, looks happy and is wagging his tail. His physical movement is slightly better, but still difficult for him to just stand up. What are your thoughts? Overworked? Possibly bit by something? Got into some type of poison? Thanks for your replys.