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Old 05-17-2018, 09:50 PM
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Unresolved lameness in young doodle

Hi, I have already seen my awesome vet over a dozen times and I’m hoping this community can possibly shed some light on my poor pups condition before I start taking him to (expensive) specialists. I apologize in advance for the length of this post but I’d like to be thorough.

4 yr old male (fixed) golden doodle with no previous ailments and no family history of issues (according to the breeder). Very tall, formerly active/hyper, very thin build

Sept 2017: dog has significant weight loss (from 70 to 60lb), fleas and general low activity lack of apptetite... (he was on frontline but it failed due to a VERY bad infestation with neighbors dogs) we also welcomed a new baby which is why we didn’t notice the weight loss immediately. Brought to vet due to lack of appetite/thirst and whimpering. Appears to be limping on right hind leg and possible neck/head area pain
Vet runs tons of tests and gets X-rays (leg, hips, neck) while rehydrating pup. All tests look perfect. Vet observes limp but cannot reproduce neck pain yelping. Dogs gets anti inflammatory and antibiotics.

Oct 2017: still fighting fleas but mostly gone. Dog gains 2-3lb and responds well to medications

Nov 2017-now: limp comes back along with yelping when touched in face/neck/ear area. Goes through several courses of medications (steroid, narcotic, and neuro) responds to anti inflammatory and steroids but always relapses after either the end of the treatment or a few weeks later (limp appears to be in other rear leg now) Neuro meds were not very successfully given and are now his current course and going better with pill pockets but no significant response yet.

Dog is now back to 70lb but is not himself. randomly sits, very slow to get up after resting, warms up with activity and wants to run (we’ve been attempting to limit activity when possible since it started), slow to sit, low energy (almost depressed), limping often

I’m sure I’ve left some details out as I’ve spent more time and money than I would like to admit. Thank you for anyone who reads this far! I hope someone can point us in the right direction. Our vet is trying to avoid specialists until he knows if it’s autoimmune, orthopedic or neurological. I’m open to any suggestions and my vet is very responsive to ideas that save time or money. Thank you!!!
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Old 05-18-2018, 10:02 AM
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Obviously I can't tell you exactly what your dog is suffering from, but I can tell you, that ours was displaying very similar symptoms. After our Vet did the exam, X-rays, blood work, we were referred to a neurology center. There, another exam, then an MRI, which was inconclusive, then a spinal-tap. Spinal-tap, done as neurologist suspected meningitis, but the results, though not positive, did not rule it out as a possibility. Our dog was put on high dose steroids, and gabapentin for pain. After almost three weeks, she is pretty much back to normal, neurologist is talking about starting to wean her off the steroids (prednisone), she has had no pain pill for almost a week. She, the neurologist seems quite sure of a meningitis diagnosis, but the type is steroid responsive, meaning, not bacteria or viral based, but an auto-immune issue, which is why the steroids have worked so well. Now the trick is to get her off the steroids, and hope the meningitis is gone, though she may relapse which might mean she will need to be permanently on immune suppressant drugs. We hope not, but will do what ever we need to for her. As far as your dog, I would waste no time getting him to a specialist, probably a neurologist as our Vet insisted we needed to do, and yes it is very expensive, but...…….
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I don't know much about dog health, but some of those symptoms -- the low energy, lack of appetite and pain -- remind me of lyme disease.

Good luck, this sounds so awful and tough to deal with. And the expenses on top of it. I hope if you do take him to a specialist you figure it out soon. It's hard when the dog is not himself. I will pray for him to feel better.
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