Our 21 lb. mini-schnauzer (male) is 10 years old and until the last 3 - 4 weeks extremely healthy and active. We first saw him favoring his front legs
and then his back haunches. Went to vet who did find him having a low grade temp and started antibiotics (3 weeks ago) and carprofen for the joint pain. After a week, his temp was OK but he was primarily favoring rear haunches especially in morning. He sometimes appears to almost fall over but after a while he seems to be moving ok, although slowly. 3rd trip to vet he again checked vitals, blood work, and this time recommended carprofen on a continuous basis starting with 25 mg once per day and then back off to every other day. Also, started glucosamine on a daily basis. He's still somewhat stiff but seems better than before. Yesterday, however, we noticed blood around his nose
and realized it was on his blanket (which he sleeps on at night). Returned to vet who looked as far up nose as he could (not far) and also checked blood count. Red and white blood cells at low end of normal, so not yet anemic. Recommended a teeth cleaning (sedated) to see if there was any other issues that could be causing the blood loss. Today he did the sedated teeth cleaning and said they look fine. He could see some swelling at the larnyx but no blood there. He also took dental
x-rays and could not find any problems. We had also asked him to x-ray the rear hip area which also looks ok. We're looking at continuing antibiotics for the time being but were also advised to possible seek a rhinoscopy which can be done in his office by an outside provider. What do you think we could be missing?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Could be a lot of things that cause lethargy. The Expert will know how to help the Schnauzer. What is the Schnauzer's name?
Customer: Nicolas. We call him Nicky for short
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Nicolas?
Customer: Life I noted, he's been very active up till recently. We expected he would slow down at some point and he had shown some of that, but nothing this drastic all at once. And the blood from the nostril is very concerning