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    Default Do Cavs have a spot under there front arms that is tender?

    Rex hasnt hurt himself but I have noticed even since we got him, if you pick him up under them arms (arm pit area I think) or play a little ruff w/him and he is on his back (rubing his belly and up to his neck)and you are rubbing and playing he will yelp once...do they have a soft spot or something does anyone noticed this...I sat last night and was rubing around there and he didnt yelp I dont know what it is....it doesnt seem to ever bother him just when it happens...any idea????

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    Harley also yelps like this or when i pick him up it has been suggested it could be a sign of sm, i think rex is too young though, di
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    Well, a first thought is that dogs should not be picked up from under the arms like a child -- they do not have the flexibility of say a cat and this causes their entire weight of their body to dangle from their arms and shoulder joint and can be very painful for them. Always pick up dogs by fully supporting them under the chest and legs.

    Tenderness in this area can indeed be related to syringomyelia though as well -- for some reason it is a common area of tenderness that can come and go. Leo sometimes cannot bear to be touched in this area and I have to be very careful in putting harnesses on and off him at times.

    If this is an ongoing sensitivity it should be discussed with your vet. If he yelps when playing then I wouldn't play with him in this way -- it is too rough for him.
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    I understand what you are saying but we are not playing ruff w/him just rubbin his belly and he is the one playing ruff, the only time I pick him up in that way I use his arms under them should I say is if we are both on the floor and he is already in that postion and I pick him up just a little for kisses..that is when I have noticed... so I dont know what it is....

    What are the 1st signs of sm and how young can they be, can anything help prevent????

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    Neither of mine has ever tolerated being picked up under the front legs baby-style. Both would yelp when anyone tried to pick them up that way. I had a groomer who tried to pull Jake towards her (pulling him out of a crate) and pulled him by his front legs, he yelped, she said he was a big baby.....we never went back there again I always advise people to scoop up their rear and have one arm under their chest to pick them up comfortably.
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    When Jato was a puppy he yelped like you are describing. I have a friend who liked to pick him up under the armpits instead of bending over and he would yelp. Now that he is grown, she doesn't pick him up in that manner, and I've never heard him yelp again. Maybe it's their way of communicating they don't like it.
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    I hate to say this, but Ilsa has always had that problem, since she was a baby. I used to call it her scream spot. It turns out that it was one one of the first signs of SM. I hope there is another explanation for Rex, but as he is young I would be vigilant in looking for other symptoms as he gets older.

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