We are doing the two step with Ivy this week ... two steps forward, two steps back. :-\ She will at times seem completely normal, then at times she is struggling. We are keeping her on restricted activity for another week, and last night I gave her 325 mg of aspirin. It actually seemed to help.
Again, our vet does not think that there is a cruciate injury ... but we are going to revisit the possibility with our vet on Monday ... as well as entertain the notion of second opinions.
I suppose that the soft tissue injuries can be sneaky, especially if they don't present as a full tear. As she is approaching 9 years of age, we also add age and potential arthritis to the equation.
Symptoms seem to present (almost exclusively) when she needs to use her back legs to get up ... and it's not even every time she needs to get up ... it is worse the longer she has been in a prone position. Once she is up she can "walk it out". I can tell she is favoring her right leg, but not to the extent where she is raising it or keeping weight off of it. She is also getting a little depressed with her restrictions. :-\
Any shared experiences would be much appreciated ...
Please keep us appraised of this, as I said in your other thread my dog has the exact same problem. Does your dog have any swelling or redness in the rump area just under the tail by any chacne?
No swelling or redness here ... but could that be indicative of an anal gland issue?Originally Posted by Beerfish
No expert, but doesn't Lyme present as weakness in the legs? You are in the NE, right?
Edited to add -- I'm glad you posted this, I was wondering about her this morning! Get better, Ivy!
Has she had any x-rays taken? That would be where I would start - impossible to speculate anything without films.
That it the topic for Monday's appointment, so we should have more information then.Originally Posted by WigWagShe has been vaccinated for Lyme because we do live in a deer-heavy area. But it is still worth investigating.Originally Posted by ChowHound
Thanks for the good thoughts, everyone.
When was she vaccinated for Lyme disease? That could actually be the cause.
I'd rule out any form of tick borne disease besides the Lyme (for which she would probably test only mildly positive) and then move on to Xrays.
She might just need a chiro adjustment to her spine, it might be spondylosis or it could be her stifle. There are quite a number of causes for those symptoms.
I'm sorry. Good healing thoughts for Ivy. :-*
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I hear you on the one step forward, two back idea.  :-\  Baloo's limp "re-surfaced" last night after being gone for two days. It seems to have receded again, but who knows. AND we don't have the x-ray analysis back yet, so I'm a worry-bucket until we do, I think.  :-[
I hope Ivy feels better. Good luck at the vets on Monday.
Baloo - 5 year old black lab
Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
No experience, but I will keep a good thought for Ivy.