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mootles

Registered: 12/07/08
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My 3 year old English Mastiff suddenly started having swollen back legs and limping and not wanting to stand on his legs. This started about 1 week ago. His vet thought it was a heart problem because she said his heart rate and blood pressure were high so we went to a cardiologist. The cardiologist said his heart is perfect and had an ortho vet see him. The ortho dr said its poly arthritis and does not know the cause. He did a joint tap which showed mono nuclear cells. Also, he has gained 30 lbs in 2 months with same diet. He can barly walk and put weight on his hind quarters, and noone knows what is wrong with him. He is on high dose doxycycline for possible tick related illness, but it has not helped. They are thinking about starting steroids next week to see if it helps. Does anyone know what this could be? He has had almost every test under the sun without help. We have been giving him meds for arthritis for about 6 months now and he was doing fine. He is on deramaxx and tramadol and now gabapentin since the specialist visit. We are waiting on a thyroid profile to return. He has also gained 30 lbs in the past 2 months with the same diet. Any help?? Oh.. it seems like his right leg more, but still seems to limp on both.

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I really don't know but how about starting with the food? Is it a food that is listed on the Whole Dog Journel? I would start here. Dog food can make such a difference in animals. If the food is listed on the journal - maybe try switching - doesn't hurt anything.
Please keep us posted and I hope you finda cure soon!

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mootles

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doubt its his food... seems to be an actual medical problem. He is on Royal Canin giant breed

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Is he running a temp?  Did you do a full tick panel on him?  If tick disease is what he is suffering from high dose doxy (dosed for weight) for about 3-4 wks is the treatment.  You can also expect him to feel terrible for 6-8 wks.  It is a horrible disease, but in most cases if caught in time...very treatable.  I would join the tick list if I were you...JMO!



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Check for Lyme.


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mootles

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No fever that we have noticed (102F when we were at the specialist). We've only seen one tick on him and it was not attached. We do not even have trees in our yard and he is an indoor dog. They did not do the panel yet though, but all other labs have been normal (CBC, CMP, kidney, and T4) but we had a special thyroid panel done that checks for thyroid antibodies. He won't put weight on his right side. I wonder if he has a cranial cruicate ligament tear, although the ortho said no (but also said it was hard to evaluate because of his size). This could be why he can't go up and down stairs well all of a sudden (he fell down them the other day).

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I'm so sorry for what you and he are going through and I wouldn't know where to begin.  Which joint did they tap?  And has there been any mention of spinal injury or CNS (central nervous system) injury or disease?  Is there actual pain in her rear legs or just limited ability to move them?  Certainly, they've checked his hips? 

I'm just shooting in the dark here but please keep us posted.  In the meantime, we're praying for him.




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Poor fella!!

I dont have anything to say that hasnt already been said. Just I hope you get some results soon, and the vet has a positive course of action. Its so hard to see them in pain or having trouble.

Oh have you contacted his breeder? Whenever I have something serious enough to be worried I give my breeder a call. She usually has alot of insight and advice. Also, might be an issue the breeder has dealt with before.

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mootles

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So, I called the vet today and they said its unlikely to be cruicate ligament because they were able to evaluate it pretty well even though he is big. He seems (for now) to have more mobility in his legs. The vet is going to go ahead and use steroids to dec the inflammation (polyarthritis) so he can get some relief. We are still looking out for a cause. No CNS problems; he has good strength and touch of his legs and responds to stimuli. I should call the breeder, but I do not know if it would be any help because he had a hernia when we got him and the breeder would not do anything about it (long story short ) We know he has arthritis in his hips for approx. 1 year now, but he went downhill so fast, it does not seem to be the issue. Thanks for everyone's help and opinions Keep 'em coming if you have any thoughts or suggesstions. Thanks so much!

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