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Hello All,
I have a 3 year old 95 pound male dobie who is having some serious pain and issues I need to see if anyone has ideas on. About 3 weeks ago I noticed he was having some trouble getting up and seemed to have some pain in his back right leg and hip. After a trip to the Vet he was given Rimadyl and a week later he seemed fine. A few days after being off the meds he started getting sore again. Then another trip to the VET , more Rimadyl and a steroid shot. He did great then a few days off the meds he again started to hurt. He has now had 3 weeks or Rimadyl, 3 days on Tramadol. Negative blood work and X-rays that have showed Displaysia in the left hip. NOT the leg he is favoring. Even with this info he seems to be getting worse. I am also noticing swelling in his joints in his front legs and they feel hot to the touch. When I bend his foot he yelps in pain and now I have found his chest and belly are covered in bumps. Does anyone have any ideas or experienced anything similar? Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. This is my best friend and it is killing me to see him hurt
 

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Did your vet run a tick panel?

I think it is time for your vet to give you a referral to a specialty clinic which can do more thorough diagnostics.

Your dog is ill. If you cannot get him seen by someone else immediately, I would ask your vet if you could get him started on a course of doxycycline right away on the assumption it may be a tick disease. If it was me, I would be on the phone in the morning, and I would be pushy about it if I had to be.
 

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Well we know he has the displaysia. We are waiting on a Lyme test result. The Vet thinks it could be a systemic issue but she is wanting to rule out the Lyme first. I am worried about the fact it seems to have moved to his front legs and his joints seem to hurt. If the Lyme test is negative she wants to see how he responds to steroids. She has really tried to put him through as little as possible while still ruling out what she can.
 

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I asked about the doxycycline, she said she wanted to waot till Monday and see the reults of the Lyme test since he is already on Rimadyl and tramadol. I got the impression she didn't want him on too many meds that could cover up what else could be wrong.
 

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My dog presented with similar symptoms... my vet pretty much drew blood with one hand and held out antibiotics with the other. He said that there are any number of febrile diseases which might be causing hot swollen joints, and whatever it turned out to be he wanted to get ahead of NOW. In my dog's case, it was Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (I use no flea/tick stuff, but I had NEVER seen a tick on her). She began to feel much better within about twelve hours of starting the antibiotics.

Most of the sites that talk about Lyme's Disease state that if it MIGHT be Lyme's, you start meds immediately and then wait for the test to confirm.
 

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well my VET is closed tomorrow. Is there any other way to get the meds? I can't afford to take him to another VET for sure and pay office fees and all.
 

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Probably not. It is not legal for a vet to dispense meds or write scripts for animals which they have not examined. Does your vet have an answering service? If yes, could you see if they could have him call you back? He could call a script in to any pharmacy, and many/most pharmacies are doing free or very low-cost antibioics.
 

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well my VET is closed tomorrow. Is there any other way to get the meds? I can't afford to take him to another VET for sure and pay office fees and all.
That is very sad. I hope your dog will be okay.
 

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Ky Justice, not trying to be mean, just to emphasize some points. If my dog was SUFFERING that badly and if it hurts to bend his foot, how is he supposed to walk, get up and lay down for the next TWO DAYS? I would be getting something done NOW. Your poor boy having hip displasia only amplifies his weight distribution problems. Wow, wow, wow! I have no doubt you love him, so dont think we dont believe you do, but I would be changing vets real soon. The meds you are giving him are for pain and inflamation and they dont seem to be touching his problems. Exactly how long has he been on them?
 

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Well, by the Grace of God, I had some doxycycline left over from when my female had a tooth pulled and it was infected. I have enough to last through the weekend and I am sure this will help. I will be checking with the ER vet if he gets any worse and I will be checking out other Vets as well. Thank you all
 

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IMO you are wasting time and money going back to your vet so they can make guesses. An ER is also a waste; I would get to the neareset specialist asap and dont think twice. They are more experienced with odd issues like this and they are available 7 days a week. Not to mention they get their results sooner than later and you
 
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I just wanted to add that they can usually run an "in house " test for Lyme exposure, and then send out a Quantitative C6 if it is + to see how active an infection it is.

With my one dog who showed lameness symptoms, the in house test was +, so my vet started him on doxycycline right away. Marked improvement within 48 hrs.

What Lyme test did they run?
 
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