Ask a Dog Vet and Get Answers to Your Dog Health Questions
Hello my name is***** and I am a licensed veterinarian with over 9 years of experience. I am hoping to help you with your pet today. Since I can’t physically exam your pet, I may need to respond with several follow up questions so I can best help you. Remember there is no limit on how many questions you can ask to in order to clarify any information I have provided regarding your pet. I just have a few initial questions to ask to gather some more information if you don’t mind? Has he been on any pain medications, and if yes which ones? Where does the discomfort seem be concentrated in the leg is it at the shoulder joint, elbow, paw?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Has the Novox been effective at all? There are a couple of recommendations I have to help determine what could be causing the pain if you haven't done them already. Did they talk to you about possible joint disease. Sometimes dogs can develop inflammation in the joints that can be diagnosed by testing the fluid surround the joints. If the results indicate that there is a joint inflammation present sometimes the treatment may involve a steroid either injected in the joint or given orally. Also one medication I offer to clients that seem unresponsive to Novox is a medication called Adequan. Which is an injectable Glucosamine supplement. It seems to help in some difficult cases dealing with pain.
As far as a nerve being involved. Typically with nerve disease I tend to see neurological problems as well such as knuckling of the feet or back pain with difficulty walking. Based on what you are describing and how it is progressing, it seem like nerves seem to be less likely unless you are seeing other nerve problems as well.
Sorry for the delay in my response, seems like the server went down for this website so I was unable to respond
Since it seems like you ruled out some of the most common problems with the diagnostics. You should ask your veterinarian about trying Adequan injections to see if it will help relieve his symptoms. This is the injectable Glucosamine. Also you may also see if he is a candidate for switching from the Novox to the Prednisone to see if you can achieve pain control better with it. He may need to be off of the Novox for a couple of days before starting the prednisone since both medications combined could potentially cause ulcers. There are also new pain control modalities such as cold laser therapy or ultrasound that has worked well with dogs with chronic pain. These are typically performed at a animal physical therapy referral practice.
You are welcome. Hopefully you can find some relief for him pretty quickly. Do you have any veterinary schools near you . Are you close to Michigan State University Veterinary school? They may be able to help you because they usually have the newest diagnostics and the best specialists.
Veterinary schools usually see the most unusual and rare cases so I am sure they should be able to help you