Just found your site after looking for advice for my 5 year old Blenheim called Parker....he started to Yelp a week ago for no apparent reason.
He had a similar problem in January yelping when jumping on the furniture and after laying down in his bed for a while and seemed to be a little sluggish to walk at first. We had x-rays done which showed he had no problems with his back, hips and legs. After a few days on anti-inflammatory drugs he seemed to be back to normal.
So I did not delay again and took him back to the vets. This time advice from my vet is to monitor him after checking him over and not really finding any specific problems. He did inform form me again about SM which I have read up on the internet. he does sometimes scratch his backside, ears and licks his paws and mouth but are they not just dog traits anyway?
He emptied his anal glands which were full but not infected, checked his abdomen which seemed normal. He did find that his rear right leg had a gritty knee which could be the start of arthritis.
I have started him on Metacam suspension which seems to have stopped the yelping, could it be just arthritis or should I get an MRI to rule out SM....
A very worried owner!
I realise I have posted this in the introduce yourself but as its my first post not sure if it should be in the health section!