Last night, Westley went to the nearby unofficial dog park, as he often does a few times a week (not because we are good dog owners but because our friends Kelly and Sarah come and pick him up and take him there with their dogs). Last night after coming home, he started to yelp when getting up on his ottoman. Yes, he has an ottoman. It seemed to get worse through the evening, and I let him sleep in the bedroom since he seemed to not be feeling well.
This morning, he was much worse. He yelped when I pet his side, and although we poked and prodded him, we couldn't find the source of the pain. The yelping always happened if he was climbing onto something, but then happened other times too - if you pet him (but not always) if he turned a certain way, if he bumped you even lightly. So, we decided to take him to the vet this morning to get checked out.
Essentially, it's a sprain either in his back or his leg (the muscles attach to the spine above the pelvis). She found the exact spot that made him yelp, and confirmed that one leg seems more sore than the other. He's now on anti-inflammatories and pain meds, and essentially on bed rest for about two weeks. If it doesn't clear up by then, he'll have to get x-rays to make sure it's not something more serious.
Poor Baboo. He yelped just now when he moved wrong as he woke from a nap.