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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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My 12 yr old American bulldog was just treated in her rear

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My 12 yr old American bulldog was just treated for swelling in her rear lower joint 12 days ago. She finished her Baytril on Thursday and has three more days of prednisone QOD. She now has a large pocket of fluid on her right front upper joint with same symptoms. Pain heat to area and fever of 103.4. I'm using cool compresses. This time it swelled up over a 30 min span. Could it be gout?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
There was no blood or fluid from area drawn and no diagnosis 12 days ago
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Gout isn't a consideration in an American bulldog but both an immune-mediated polyarthritis and infectious polyarthritis should be considered in such a patient. Infectious polyarthritis is often due to tick-borne agents such as Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. It's important that one of these joints is tapped and the joint fluid analyzed and cultured so you can know how best to address her. Tick disease testing should be performed. A simple in-house test can check for exposure to Lyme, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin

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