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Hello! I am Dr Welsh and I am happy to help with your questions today. I am sorry that your pup isn't feeling well. Let's see if we can get to the bottom of this. I have just a few additional questions for you so that I can make the best recommendation.
how long has the leg been having issues?
Is she using the leg at all?
is she on any meds currently?
any other illness?
when was the last time she saw the vet?
Thank you for that information. in regards ***** ***** it only works for 24 hours and only kills adult fleas. so once that time is up they can jump right back on. so that is good for the initial clearing but then need to apply different product, which sounds like you followed up appropriately.A couple things I would be worried about - a reaction to one of the medications, particularly since it happened around the same time. However, it would be weird to only have it in one leg, and I would have expected to improve. the biggest thing i would be worried about would be an FCE lesion (fibrocartilaginous embolism). you can read more about it here.
Another possibility is that she tore her cruciate ligament in her knee. this is common in labs and can be traumatic or chronic (from being overweight, predisposing injury, arthritis, etc). If the hip is subluxating or luxated out of place, you can see that as well. another possibility is a ocd lesion in the hip or knee (a chunk of bone that has developed in the joint)based on what you are describing, FCE is hiighest on my list. however, without seeing the pet it is hard to say for sure. I wish I could do an exam over the internet, it would make things much easier!I think it may be time to get to the vet to see what is going on, especially with the muscle wasting.
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if there isn't anything else that i can answer then I wish you two the best!
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just checking in as I didn't hear back from you. how is your pup doing today? were you able to get her seen yet?
aw I am sorry to hear that. The rads appear relatively normal. FCE makes the most sense, but there is possible disk space narrowing at the lumbar-sacral area, but hard to see on pics of the rads. I hope that with meds and time she starts to improve! If not, then amputation is the best bet. dogs (and cats too) do really well on three legs, likely it is slowing her down and once removed you will see a huge improvement. while it sucks, she can still lead a normal life!
Let me know if you need anything else! I hope it works out for you both!