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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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January 7, 2015 at 11:00 PM



Dear George,

I would try PROMAXOL to help her feel better. I would also give PROBIOTICS to offset the damaging effect of drugs to the gut. It might also slow further weight loss. OMEGA 3,6,9 would be helpful to reduce inflammation. What kind of food are you feeding? Is it grain free and what are the proteins in it? If you have chlorine or fluoride in your water, then you should instead give filtered water. I would also suggest finding a veterinary acupuncturist who uses Chinese Herbals. Chiropractic might also be helpful. A subluxation in the spine can create a multitude of movement problems.

Please keep us updated as you find out more information.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
January 8, 2015 at 8:44 AM
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