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    Default My Labrador with Osteoarthritis

    Hi,

    I’m looking for some advice from some fellow dog owners who may have had the same experience, my dog Elvis last week was limping around the backyard and not able to move his right leg, I was concerned and took him straight to the vet, they informed me, he has Osteoarthrits and a severe case of it too, they have suggested putting him down, he is only 6 years old!! they said this to me before offering any other medication, he is currently on an anti inflammatory drug called ramidyl, which doesn’t seem to be working, I’m taking him for a second opinion but trying to get as many ideas as possible, he still can’t walk on his leg and is on pain killers, but still seems happy and is eating well , which makes it hard for me to give up, just yet,

    Anyone else had a similar problems?

    Thanks

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    I call bulltish ... I had a vet tell me the same thing, my fit dog had severe arthiritis (suddenly happened within a day) and needed medication. Took her to a dog chiro turned out she had a dislocated tail ...

    Call your local greyhound breeders/racing association and ask about a greyhound chiropractor for a second opinion. If you are in Victoria I can give you recommendations. If the rymadyl is not working it's probably not arthritis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nekhbet View Post
    I call bulltish ... I had a vet tell me the same thing, my fit dog had severe arthiritis (suddenly happened within a day) and needed medication. Took her to a dog chiro turned out she had a dislocated tail ...

    Call your local greyhound breeders/racing association and ask about a greyhound chiropractor for a second opinion. If you are in Victoria I can give you recommendations. If the rymadyl is not working it's probably not arthritis.
    Thanks for the reply mate, I’m willing to try anything to help him, I’m in sydney but I’ll look into this!
    Thanks.

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    That is a big call to put your dog down on what appears to be very shaky evidence. It sounds very odd. I had a vet once misdiagnose a cruciate problem as arthritis which was then correctly diagnosed by a specialist and fixed. There are many things that can cause limping.

    So the other option is to get a referral to a specialist vet. There are certainly things you can investigate to get to the bottom of it, before making any drastic decisions.

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    Was the diagnosis based on x-ray? If not I'd either be wanting one or wanting a second opinion. If it was then I'd be not messing around with it and trying some medical treatment. It's very painful.
    Swimming might help for mobility.

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    Second or third opinion would be good, I suppose vets are like doctors some are much better than others.
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    Thanks to everyone for their concern and suggestions, after taking him to “Sash” they found it was infectious arthritis, they’ve extracted fluid from his bone for analyst, they’re thinking it’s some sort of bacteria infection, got him back home tonight and treating with antibiotics, however they haven’t ruled out tissue cancer which would really be hard to treat without an amputation, I really hope it doesn’t come to this for a lot of reasons, also don’t want to put him through more pain.

    Thanks again.

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    Thanks to everyone for their concern and suggestions, after taking him to “Sash” they found it was infectious arthritis, they’ve extracted fluid from his bone for analyst, they’re thinking it’s some sort of bacteria infection, got him back home tonight and treating with antibiotics, however they haven’t ruled out tissue cancer which would really be hard to treat without an amputation, I really hope it doesn’t come to this for a lot of reasons, also don’t want to put him through more pain.

    Thanks again.

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    Thanks for the update, hopefully the news is good for your pup!

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