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!!!