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I have a 13 yr old Yellow Lab. He had ACL and meniscus

Hi...I have a 13 yr old Yellow Lab. He had ACL and meniscus surgery when he was 2 yrs old. That leg is bowed and has become more so as he's aged. Now it is much weakened and sometimes collapses. His walks are getting shorter and shorter...I have to make sure he can get home...I'm 76, and certainly can't carry himJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: He can still get into the back of my suv with a running jump but I have to help him out supporting his rear legs because he has fallen a couple of times. I have him on Rimadyl now ....100mg a day, and just read online that I could increase that to 200mg. Is that true? I've been concerned about side effects in the past, but at 13, I just want him to be comfortable. He has no wounds...this is all rear leg related knee and hip issues he also has Laryngl Paralysis and I have read that as that worsens it can effect the hindquartersJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?Customer: He still loves his food, but is having more and more mobility problems. I want to know what I can do to keep him more comfortable, know more about the laryngeal paralysis and what I can do about that, and also if there are orthopedic supports that can help his leg.

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Dr. Ann M.

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Her head has changed shape. She has a concave section over

Her head has changed shape. She has a concave section over her right eye brow and her cheek bone under her right eye has moved so that it comes out noticably further than the other side. No trauma (she's a 12 year old lab) and nothing hurts her when palpated... I noticed that it was changing a couple of weeks ago, but it baffles me.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?Customer: Her name is ***** ***** we are worried that this is now the edn... She does not have a fever... her temp typically runs at 101.3, but all of her little benign 'age warts' as the vet called them have started to bleed and some have become 'pussy'... for which I am cleaning/disinfecting them all with tea tree oil 3x/day. But she is now off of her food. This morning she wouldn't even eat eggs (that she only typically received as a treat - but we thought we'd give it a try just to get her to eat something)...and she has an overall weakness with her hind legs. She is not over weight she was 76lbs when last weighed at the vet and he was very happy with her health and her weight.JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: No wounds on her feet.JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Tasha?Customer: Until this morning we were still able to get her to eat by hand feeding her, but she didn't want to eat at all. I thought it might be a stomach thing that would pass as she vomited o Sunday... but ate a little yesterday and is still drinking water and deficating and urinating.

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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Weight gain--he always eating as was adopted by pound was

weight gain--he always eating as was adopted by pound was starved at one time. so he has issues with food. Anus appears black. He is coughing some as well.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Coughing can be worrying. The Veterinarian will know what you should do. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: duke idk exactly seven maybeJA: How old is idk?Customer: seven maybe I am not sureJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about idk?Customer: his name is duke. otherwise he seems ok.

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Dr. Meghan Denney

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We have a mixed breed (brittany and border collie we think)

we have a mixed breed (brittany and border collie we think) dog that we got as a rescue when he was five months old. he seemed to be spunky and curious as you would expect. he's now 8 months old and he seems to be a bit lethargic. not as anxious to go on his walks, seems to sleep in his bed a lot, doesn't jump up to greet me when i come in from outside, etcJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Veterinarian will know how to help the Border collie. What is the Border collie's name?Customer: DexJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Dex?Customer: when we got him from the shelter he was being treated for demadex which is now completely cured

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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My wonderful golden retriever Sailor (age 12-15: he was from

My wonderful golden retriever Sailor (age 12-15: he was from the local pound) was diagnosed with GOLPP with polyneuropathy in Jan. He already was significantly ataxic in his hind legs and had very little muscle mass in his rear end. In addition he was losing weight (from 73 lbs to 57 lbs). So he was being treated with pancreatic enzymes. Last Tuesday he woke up and couldn't walk, couldn't stand, had a huge head tilt and severe nystagmus. Of course we went to the vet ASAP and he diagnosed Vestibular Syndrome and said hopefully it would be better within 48 hours. After 24 hours, my dog needed to be hospitalized for dehydration. His nystagmus was getting worse too and he was incontinent. He came home for the night and we returned first thing in the morning. He had not gotten better and by this time was unable to vocalize, and couldn't even turn over by himself. His front legs would collapse also. We put him down... I guess I am thinking about this a lot. My vet and I feel we made the right decision. It was catastrophic. But I am trying to make sense of it. Was it an exacerbation of his polyneuropathy? The vestibular syndrome ?(and if so why didn't he get better?) Was it a stroke, or a brain tumor. I know I will never know but am curious what you think. Thank you in advance.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about your dog?Customer: Please note - my dog is now deceased so there is no rush. I am just trying to make sense of it. Thank you!

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Dr. Altman

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2 weeks ago our dog began acting like he had a sore hip or

2 weeks ago our dog began acting like he had a sore hip or torn ACL...however the problems progressed before the vet could get him in to do the xrays of his rear right knee....last sunday he had no "convulsions" but he could not get up and had very little muscle activity and on Monday... No action in either back leg. We took him to a large specialized veterinarian hospital and after CT, Blood, Urine and mylogram nothing definitive could be decided. On Thursday he lost control of his bladder. yes, they gave us meds from antibiotics to anti-inflammatory to Pain/anxiety meds ( which he doesn't seem to really need so we have not pushed them on him). Last night he actually pulled himself off of his magnetic pillow bed and went to the bedroom door but we had it closed and by then we heard him ( yes, we are sleeping in the small bedroom with him). It has now been suggested that this might be MS. I have him scheduled for water therapy on Thursday with yet another vet here in Louisville, KY. The closest MRI unit for canines is Purdue however the vet hospital was not in favor of this expense as the results if a tumor is found would end up the same as if we decide his quality of life isn't going to improve. So my question is....can dogs get MS ( yes he has had his vaccines and has no nasal discharge or fever)?JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?Customer: I just sent a detailed email. Please read

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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My dog its been having lameness for a few months and has had

hello my dog its been having lameness for a few months and has had episodes where his hind legs collapse when walkingJA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: yep, its been going on for a while the vet initially diagnosed him with hip dysplace=ia and prescribed pain/inflamation medication and glucosamine supplements but with time, his condition does not seem to improve, now he is a lot stiffer trying to stand and sit down he is only ~4 years oldJA: The Veterinarian will know what to do. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: dante, 4.5 years he is a pure breed alaskan malamute 81 lbsJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about dante?Customer: nope, that's the issue i have his latest xrays and the vet is now questioning if its a knee problem because does not belive the very mild hip dysplacia seen could account for all the lameness

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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Is doxepin similar to Trazadone? My lab is in the process of

Is doxepin similar to Trazadone? My lab is in the process of being diagnosed with LP....almost everything else having been ruled out. When he's laying about with a respiration of ~130pm, 100-150 mgs of Trazadone seems to bring down the respirations 50% or lower, and he's able to sleep. 1500mgs of methocarbamol didn't have any effect on the rapid respirations, even after 3 doses of that level over a day. The trazadone had a positive effect within 20 minutes. I'm thinking that the anti-anxiety aspect of trazadone has a calming effect, both physically and psychologically.

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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We have a 5 yo male Bernese. Over the last several weeks, we

We have a 5 yo male Bernese. Over the last several weeks, we noticed he was getting kind of a raspy breathe when he exerted himself, and had less energy than normal. We have now noticed that his once blocky head is now very pointed, like the muscles around his temples have receded. He still is able to eat fine, but we're concerned because things seem to be getting progressively worse.JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about the dog?Customer: His gait may be a little stiffer than normal, but maybe we're just imagining it.JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: he doesn't limp at all.

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Dr. Michael Salkin

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