Q. 3 yr old mastiff Rhodesian ridgeback mix has suddon symptoms. Unsteady walking wants to sit. One side of rib cage seems tender. Was in kennel all day

Answered By

A. A dog should only be left in a kennel for no more than 6 hours. It is very hard on a dog to sit in a cage and do nothing all day. I would highly suggest taking him to a dog day care. Mastiffs require a lot of attention and exercise so I think dog day care would be a perfect fit for him if you're busy all day. I would recommend visiting your regular veterinarian and seeing if there is some sort of injury.

DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.


Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.