Hello Dr. Char-- We are hoping you can help us. Our dog Lucy a 60 lb German Shepard/Aussie Shepard Mix developed rapid onset shifting lameness approx 3 months ago. She struggles to get up and 2 back legs and front left are involved (seemingly not all at once). We have seen 2 PC vets, two neuro vets and 2 ortho vets and still have no diagnosis. She is on Gabapentin 100 mg 2 caps am and pm. Rimadyl 50mg am and pm. Dasuquin 1 tab per day. She also was on Doxycyline for 8 days. There has been no substantial change some days a bit better than others still excited about dinner and when we get home- but has lost her spirit and playfulness. Also she does eat well-- but has lost 8 lbs or so. Our local vet is recommending prednisone, tramadol but we are reluctant. Lucy is very scared of the vet and we are not interested in putting her through tests and other things that will upset her. We think it could be poly arthritis or another type of arthritis maybe rheumatoid? What is your impression? We were thinking of arthro-ionx and stopping everything else. What do you think? Besides this-- Lucy has been a healthy dog with an unremarkable medical history. Thank you for your help!
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