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My dog Caesar, (6 yr old Bichon), has been having trouble

Hi. My dog Caesar, (6 yr old Bichon), has been having trouble walking, and it is painful for him to move around and even lie down. He is currently on week 3 of antibiotics and steroids to treat lymes disease, but I am worried that he may have a back injury, a prostate problem (he has not been fixed), or maybe arthritis. I want to take him to the emergency vet, but he is not able to be picked up without extreme pain. He has also been taking pain medication here and there while he is being weened off of the steroid. Today he has had the pain medication along with the steroid to no noticeable improvement. I'm no sure where to go from here... please help!

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Dr. Altman

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Doctoral Degree

 
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My dog, a 7yr Lab with about 100 lb that takes Levocrine1.0

My dog, a 7yr Lab with about 100 lb that takes Levocrine1.0 mg did not want to eat yesterday eveniing. he was a little strange, but nothing that could be a warning. I however saw him laying different than normally. Most of the time, normally he lays down with two legs stretched or completely vertical, with the front legs at either side. I didn't see him laying down on his side at all, instead, it looked like a combination of the two styles. This morning, he didn't wake me up as he does every day. I woke up and told him to come for his morning food. He tried to stood up, but it appeared as if he couldn't stand on his legs, in fact, he walked some yards, but laid down again, I could give him with big efforts, 2 dog aspirinsto mitigate any pain he could be having. He was not complaying of any pain. I took him to emergency services. The veterinary inspected him, he let him do and didn't find anything in his mouth, or his temperature. They told me that they needed to make some tests to be able to diagnose the dog. The dog would have to remain 2 days in the hospital, and the cost of the diagnostic would be about $2.000. Well I couldnt pay that much for the diagnostic, so I ended up taking back the dog to my house. It appears that his problem whatever it is is worsening by the minute. When I went to the hospital, he entered the SUV by himself although with some help. When we came back he couldn't do that, I had to enter him in the car. Getting him out of the car was a big problem, he was having pain when I was trying to hold him inmy arms, he even bit me out of pain. It looks that he can't control his entire left side (legs), it is like he has them rigid and can't stand up. his left paw is bent, rigid, and it causes pain to him when I try to straigthten it.I don't know for sure what could have caused this to him. Last week I took him to the Niagara River to swim there. Could he have got a bacteria? Yesterday, when working in the garage, I lost him of sight for a few minutes, I saw him in the porch after such time. There is the possibility that he could have ran out and come back after being hit by a car, but I have not any sign that that could have happen. Other than that, I don't know of anything that could be causing his condition right now. I have him at home resting, and will try to feed him and give him water the best of my ability. Would you have any indication for me?.

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Dr. Joey

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I have a 7.5-year-old German Shepherd. He has been extremely

I have a 7.5-year-old German Shepherd. He has been extremely healthy his entire life. My question/concern requires some back story. About two months ago, my fiance went out of town. We do not live together yet. My fiance took our dog to his parents house so that he could be monitored and cared for at all times (I work long hours, and so could not be with him at home to let him out, etc.). When we went to pick him up after a month of him being away, our German Shepherd had lost about five pounds. We chalked it up to more room to run around and generally more activity (they also have a Shepherd, female, fixed). However, along with this minimal weight loss, we noticed a strange smell radiating from his neck/shoulder area. We took him to the vet, who told us he had never experienced that before, and didn't know what it was coming from. He also said he was not concerned about the weight loss (our German went from 83 lbs. to 78 lbs. in a month). Then, just a week ago, my fiance and I went on vacation to Cancun with his parents. We had to leave his dog with a friend who lives on ten acres in the country in Texas, and who just happened to have a breeding female German in heat. Our dog is not fixed and has sired two litters in the past. We took this opportunity to have him breed again. A few days into our trip, we got a call that our dog had partially torn a ligament in his right back leg while breeding. Our friend took him to the vet (not our family vet) who diagnosed him and gave him Novox (pain medication). We arrived back home three days later and picked him up. The affected leg was swollen from the hocks down to twice the size it normally is. We had him rest for the next two days, continued him on his pain medication, and monitored him closely. We noticed he had lost even more weight and was not showing any interest in eating. He was also extremely lethargic and seemed to quiver when he breathed. Yesterday morning he seemed greatly improved. He was more active and ate a big meal. However, when I arrived home from work, he seemed to lapse, and, while his back right leg swelling was still down, his front left leg was now swollen from the shoulder down to twice its size. He was incredibly lethargic and wouldn't get up to go to the bathroom. He also refused to eat, even a concoction of rice and chicken (which he loves). We took him to the animal ER, where they told us he does NOT have a torn ligament, and they kept him overnight to put an IV in him, run a 4-panel tick-borne disease diagnostic, check his blood, etc. As of this afternoon, they have found nothing (he tested negative for heartworm, Lyme disease, Erlichiosis, etc.). They are now doing an X-Ray on him. My question is, what could possibly be wrong with him? Is it bone cancer?

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BA

 
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My dog has a red boil like bump on s back that has in size

Hello! My dog has a red boil like bump on his back that has doubled in size over the last 2 weeks.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?Customer: His name is DannyJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Danny?Customer: He's a 18 month old neutered lab/pit mix. Up to date on all vaccines including Lyme. He is eating and drinking normally. However he has been sleeping a lot more than usual lately.JA: Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help Danny. OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.

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nekovet

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He is losing hair like crazy, losing weight despite food

He is losing hair like crazy, losing weight despite food increase and vomitted today.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What sort of animal are we talking about?Customer: 13 month old Labrador retriever. Had a blood test done for thyroid and it was fine. The vet said he is healthy and just sheds alot. I am not at all convinced. He seriously looks awful.JA: OK. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Labrador retriever?Customer: He is still full of energy. He did have a pretty big tick on his ear. Not sure how fast lane disease can show symptoms.JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.

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Dr. Kara

Doctoral Degree

 
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Our chiweenie has suddenly developed a twitch. He will be

Our chiweenie has suddenly developed a twitch. He will be just fine and suddenly his whole body twitches. If he's on the leash he sometimes jumps. Any idea what is happening?

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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I have a healthy labradoodle who is an active 13 year old.

Hi. I have a healthy labradoodle who is an active 13 year old. He never had any issues until a few months ago. We have finally determined that he is getting exercise induced ataxia, essentially having to lie down for approximately 3-4 minutes...then is fine. We brought him to vet and neurologist and they are puzzled. Thryoid profile, bp, etc were normal. Neuro thought it might be TIA, but doesn't seem like it. We can literally induce it if we run around with him for a little while. He had xrays as well and has some arthritis .

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Rebecca

Veterinarian

Doctoral Degree

 
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I have a Sharpie Beagle mix who is 7 years old that had to

Good Morning,I have a Sharpie Beagle mix who is 7 years old that had to be in the Vet hospital for 5 days with a high fever of 105.4 with diarrhea and then later vomiting. He was on an IV fluid for those days as well and is home now. After 5 days, they were only able to tell me that he has some sort of virus. He did get Lyme's disease two years ago. I was given Amoxicillin, Foriflora, and two other pills ( the bottle doesn't say anything except directions) to give him every 12 hours. My question: is it normal for him to be vomiting still after a small amount of food after being on an IV for 5 days?

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nekovet

Veterinary Degree (BVMS)

 
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Is it ok vet to give my year old healthy dog the lyme

Is it ok for my vet to give my year old healthy dog the lyme vaccine and bordatella during the same visit or should it be stretched in to 2 visits?Thanks. Diane

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Rebekah Kane

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doctorate of veterinary medicine

 
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