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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? Are you noticing any swelling associated with the right hindlimb? Any trouble walking up and down stairs? Is she on any medications?
Okay thanks for the additional information. Did this come on gradually or all of a sudden? With her age I would intially be worried about arthritis. Jack Russels can commonly get arthritis in their knees or hips. Another issue that is common is small breed dogs is a condition called a luxating patella. This is where the knee caps moves out of its normal position when they try to walk or sit. Other issues would be some type of degenerative nerve disease which can occur in older dogs as well. This is because in older dogs the nervous tissue can start to breakdown and cause problems with walking.
She may need to be placed on some type of joint supplement and possible anti-inflammatory to see if that helps her with her movement
You are welcome. The twitching can indicate that there is some discomfort with the joint and the leg its self. if it is arthritis the joints develop alot of changes that cause them to become more stiff. You can look into a joint supplement called Glyde. It contains a ingredient called Green lipped mussel. It seems to work for a lot of older dogs especially ones that can't handle anti-inflammatories.
Is she lifting her leg at all? Does she only do the twitching when she is standing? I have seen dogs do that when they were uncomfortable and it is usually confirmed when it stops once they are on some type of medication. I sometimes have to prescribe a medication called Gabapentin which is a pain medication as well as a anti-seizure medication to see if it helps as well.
Yes it is possible that she is having allergies and she may be too uncomfortable to actually scratch. In addition to the food changes she may need to be on some medication to help relieve some of the itchiness that she is experiencing.
Many dogs can have both food and environmental allergies. So changing the food is often just part of the process to help with these allergies
You are welcome. There is testing to check for environmental allergies. Your veterinarian can due blood tests and there is a skin prick test as well. Also I have used a sensitivity assessment test that uses hair and saliva sample. There is a company called Glacier Peak Holistics that has the ability to run these tests. You can request that your veterinarian order a test for you to see if you can gather any information from it.
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