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My elderly dog has been crawling on her left hind leg, it breaks

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My elderly dog has been crawling on her left hind leg, it breaks my heart. Vet prescribed Pred 5, I didn't notice any change and also she was injected with anti inflamatory. I requested XRays but because of her age it is a risk. What else may be out there to relieve her crawling?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
I am sorry that you have been waiting for a response. I recently just logged onto the site and noted that your question hasn't yet been answered. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 25 years experience and would be happy work with you if you are still needing assistance.
While prednisone is a very potent anti-inflammatory, it is not a pain reliever by itself, even though by relieving inflammation, you will sometimes reduce pain as well. I would talk to your vet about adding a true pain reliever as well. The drug called gabapentin or tramadol may be helpful along with the pred may be helpful and may offer her more relief.
I am not sure why your vet feels that xrays at her age would be a risk. They are never considered a risky procedure, but perhaps they were concerned with her getting too nervous. If that is the case, they may be able to relieve some of her anxiety with a mild sedative given right before the procedure.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.
Dr Z
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr Z
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Hello and thank you for your response. I am thinking of bringing my pet to ASPCA to get more info since I am not satisfied with my Vet. Your response eased me somewhat since I will be requesting X Rays to hopefully eliminate a problem with her bone. I appreciate your insight.
Expert:  petdrz replied 2 years ago.
Sounds like a good plan. Keep me posted as to how things progress.