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    DefaultWhat do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    Our puppy has what we thought was lyme disease. After a couple of weeks of stiffness in her back legs after getting up from sleeping, the last few days she has been favoring her front right leg and is unable to stand for long periods. The stiffness in her back legs is a constant as well. We took her to the vet today, and tested for Lyme which came out negative. The vet doesn't know what could be wrong, and thinks maybe it's some sort of virus.

    Is this common? Has anyone had a dog with similar symptoms? In a sad sort of way, I almost wish it was Lyme. At least then we'd know what it is and how to effectively treat it.

    I feel so bad that I can't help her. The vet prescribed antibiotics for her to take this week. Hopefully they will help

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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    Where do you live? I'd bring your pup to a hospital associated with a vet school.

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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    I feel for you. It is so hard to see our labs not feeling well and not know quite what to do. I can't offer you any suggestions but I can let you know I sympathize with you.

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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    We live in Massachusetts-- about a half hour south of Boston. I forgot to mention-- she also has a high fever, which is another reason why they think it is a virus.

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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    I assume they XRayed her, right?



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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    They did x-ray. Nothing broken.. nothing out of line that they can see.

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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    How old is she Lauren?

    When Frankie was about 8 months (maybe younger) he started limping after he came out of his crate, and sometimes just randomly. This went on and off for a couple of weeks and then it just stopped. We think it was just "growing pains".



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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    She's 7 months old. At first we thought it was growing pains too-- but over the last 48 hours it's been really bad- she used to walk off the limping and be fine-- now it's constant. Also, she's listless and tired- doesn't want to play or chew anything (which is normally her favorite pastime). Plus she has a fever. She's really just not herself.

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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    There are other tick diseases besides Lyme. I'd have them do a full tick titre at this point.



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    DefaultRe: What do you do when your vet doesn't know?

    I agree with a full titer.

    Pano (growing pains) is diagnosed by x-ray.

    Also I had a buyers vet tell them that a regular Lyme test (snap I believe) could come up false negative on a pup that has been Lyme vaccinated so they did a more in depth test that was sent out to the Lab. Can't remember the name of it (want to say C-6). I had another vet tell me that the vaccination/false neg. is not true.

    You may want to ask about this when going for the titer.

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