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Old 04-16-2015, 01:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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Unhappy my girl is limping and my vet has no legit diagnosis

so about four weeks ago i noticed my female blue nose was not getting up off her hind legs to come to me in bed at night, she would just sort of drag her rear and nudge herself until she came into position. life carried on with no significant development until maybe two weeks ago, i noticed that she would hold the right leg up when sitting and started just collapsing when walking up stairs. i decided to give her rest and shorten her walks hoping that would solve the problem but it has just gotten worse where even squatting to pee was a problem and would cause her to collapse. so i took her to the vet and his first opinion was that she had torn the cruciate ligament and would need surgery. so we did the test where they roll the knee to test the movement, and my vet was perplexed he said there was no extra movement on the leg giving her problems. so he took x rays and said he couldn't see anything wrong with the bones. he seemed to think however that he could see some arthritis in the left leg and she maybe had made the right one sore by favoring it since the left was damaged by arthritis. now I'm at a stalemate. i cant stand to watch her be so pitiful and my vet only can suggest multiple thousand dollar physical therapy i cant afford. i mean he's not even really sure he sees arthritis and i saw the x ray myself and as a artist who studied anatomy for ten years i didn't see anything wrong. please i'm just desperate for any advice to help my poor girl. is there some other knee injury this could be? or some kind of nerve issue?
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:32 AM   #2 (permalink)
 
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I would be worried about something neurological. I'd definitely get a second opinion and ask for a referral to a specialist if they can't come up with anything. Sorry to hear your pup is going through this.
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I would be worried about something neurological. I'd definitely get a second opinion and ask for a referral to a specialist if they can't come up with anything. Sorry to hear your pup is going through this.
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and i would find a new vet. given those symptoms you listed, he should be testing for a neurological condition for sure.
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Old 04-21-2015, 02:15 AM   #4 (permalink)
 

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I was afraid it might be a neurological problem but I had a guy, pit, was hearty as a horse until 13 1/2 and he just suddenly completely lost the use of both his hind legs. That was some spinal degenerative disease or something, but it was accompanied by blood in the stool and and other symptoms that I'm not seeing here, I just don't want to waste the money on testing for this stuff if it's just a chipped bone or other muscular problem....?
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You need to have these tests done. It's not a waste of money, it's for your dog's health and wellbeing. We aren't vets, we can't diagnose your dog online. Please do what's necessary to care for your dog.
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It's extremely frustrating when they do not know what could be wrong. My boy stopped walking on one paw for about three months and then he limped for about 8 months. He is currently on pain meds and will probably be for the rest of his life. He got laser treatments once he was walking again and hydro therapy. The cost of the diagnoses was extremely high and tons of things they tried because they couldn't figure it out. After a long process (and over $10k later) He was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, a suppressed immune system and rheumatoid arthritis on his paw.

I understand not having any more money once you have already been spending so much for help. But you own those records and most vets will give you a consult. I would make sure you have all their records and try to find someone who can give you a better idea or second opinion. Good luck!
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