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Old 04-22-2017, 01:24 PM
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I'm not sure what to do, Need help!!!

I'm a single mom of three dogs, at the time I was married when we got three dogs and when we separated I got ownership of all three. After two years of struggling I can't take care of all three anymore to provide complete medical care. I'm barely getting by with food and Trifexis. Currently I have one of my dogs brought in the Vet today because he has been limping for two days going on three. They couldn't find anything going on such as swelling or clicking in his joints. The concern is that he may have a disease but the only way to know for sure is get blood samples sent to the labs and get medicine for what said to possibly be Polyarthritis disease I believe? Or just treat him with medicine and hope for the best. But the problem is, I'm currently finding good homes for two of my dogs and he is one of them. It's heart breaking to even handle and admit that. But now I'm faced with the option of either figuring out some way to get him medical care, euthanasia or pound him. Pounding him is not on my list because he was rescued from one in the beginning and was in place to getting euthanized because he wasn't getting adopted and I can't do that to him again! But I've taken him back home to monitor him and hope it's just a sprain or something.. she said he had a heat spot in his front leg but then it was evenly distributed throughout all legs but he was still limping on one side front and back. I'm thinking and trying to figure out what to do ? he's only 5yrs old.
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Old 04-22-2017, 01:39 PM
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I'm a single mom of three dogs, at the time I was married when we got three dogs and when we separated I got ownership of all three. After two years of struggling I can't take care of all three anymore to provide complete medical care. I'm barely getting by with food and Trifexis. Currently I have one of my dogs brought in the Vet today because he has been limping for two days going on three. They couldn't find anything going on such as swelling or clicking in his joints. The concern is that he may have a disease but the only way to know for sure is get blood samples sent to the labs and get medicine for what said to possibly be Polyarthritis disease I believe? Or just treat him with medicine and hope for the best. But the problem is, I'm currently finding good homes for two of my dogs and he is one of them. It's heart breaking to even handle and admit that. But now I'm faced with the option of either figuring out some way to get him medical care, euthanasia or pound him. Pounding him is not on my list because he was rescued from one in the beginning and was in place to getting euthanized because he wasn't getting adopted and I can't do that to him again! But I've taken him back home to monitor him and hope it's just a sprain or something.. she said he had a heat spot in his front leg but then it was evenly distributed throughout all legs but he was still limping on one side front and back. I'm thinking and trying to figure out what to do ? he's only 5yrs old.[/QUOTE]
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Old 04-22-2017, 02:42 PM
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Unfortunately, unless you get very, very, lucky you are unlikely to find a home that is going to be willing to take him with an un-diagnosed, untreated, medical condition. You really need to get to the bottom of what's going on, and start treatment, before placing him up for adoption.

Call your local shelters and see if there are any programs available to help people who are down on their luck get medical care for their pets. Call up vet clinics and see if they have any type of programs available. Look into Carecredit.
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Hope I can help. I am an older vet that practiced using a different philosophy than what most vets use today. You did not give a lot of information about the limping dog such as age, any other medical problems, etc. I have seen many immune polyarthritis dogs over the year and I will tell you that almost all of them had swollen, painful joints along with a high fever. Most of them had multiple joints and even multiple legs involved. If they did not see these symptoms I would be hard pressed to make this diagnosis. I have seen hundreds of dogs that came in with a rear leg lameness that ended up having a partially torn cruciate ligament that I was not able to absolutely diagnose it on physical exam. My advice to you is to put your dog on some pain medication and rest him. Give him some time for the body to do its thing. Then, you can watch for improvement, etc. If you have to return to the vet because it has not resolved itself, the work that you did will help them narrow down the possibilities. I recently heard a story of a gentleman that had a 12 yr old Lab with a torn cruciate ligament. The young vet told him that the dog needed knee surgery and the cost would be $3000. The older man told her that he lived on social security and that he could not afford the surgery. She told him that there were no other options and that without the surgery, the dog would suffer the rest of its life. The dog was euthanized. I cannot tell you how upset I was when I heard this story. The truth be known, that dog could have gone home on some pain meds and some joint supplements, the knee would have stabilized as the joint capsule thickened and in six months you would probably not be able to determine which leg had the problem. Time for some common sense from the vet.
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