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    Default22 month old lab with arthritis???

    Our, sweet, darling almost 2 year old lab has extreme difficulty standing up. Most times, she's a bit "creaky" once she gets up but after a bit she's moving around just fine.

    Some background: Despite Frontline we have picked several ticks off of her (all have been dead) She has suffered a back knee injury and a front paw injury due to overplaying (she's a lab, after all!!) About a month ago we took her to the vet because of the same back knee injury. The vet thought it looked more like hips so they sedated her and gave her extensive xrays so they could manipulate her into different positions. Coincidentally there was a specialist there who was also able to examine her results. Both doctors said her hips and joints looked great--with no signs of hip dysplasia (sp?) They also tested her for Lyme Disease which came back negative.

    so...a month later and my dog still can't get up easily. She still frolicks and walks/runs daily. She lives to play with other dogs--but from a sit or down position my dog can't get up.

    We're at a loss! Any suggestions about what to do next??!! Another vet trip?? More xrays? another Lyme disease?

    Any advice is welcome. Much thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by share
    About a month ago we took her to the vet because of the same back knee injury. The vet thought it looked more like hips so they sedated her and gave her extensive xrays so they could manipulate her into different positions. Coincidentally there was a specialist there who was also able to examine her results. Both doctors said her hips and joints looked great--with no signs of hip dysplasia (sp?) They also tested her for Lyme Disease which came back negative.
    You don't actually say they diagnosed arthritis. Did they?. If it is, I truly feel for the pain that poor dog must be going through.

    About 18 months ago, my old boy was having the same problem. The pug would chase him under the bed or the table & he'd be screaming with pain because he couldn't get out. I took him to the vet, did x rays & the usual & couldn't find anything. He was on anti inflammatories for about 2 weeks & came right after it. The same thing happened about 2 months later & the vet recommended I take him to a dog physio because she suspected he'd pulled a muscle in his lower back. I was highly sceptical but when it comes to my dogs, I'll try ANYTHING. This guy had him on a heat pad , did massages & the usual physio stuff & gave me some kind of herbal pills. Unfortunately I don't remember what they were called but those combined with the 2 treatments he gave him helped a lot. Only occasionally, you could see he was a bit stiff but then he was 13 at the time.

    I've also heard of some people using acupuncture. I can't comment on that because I've never tried mine with it but it might be worth discussing with your vet. I'm not sure if it would help with arthritis though. Maybe someone else on here has had some experience with it?.


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    Oh, about the Frontline, IMO it's USELESS. My dogs were still getting fleas after about 1-2 weeks after treatment. I changed to Advantage & haven't had any problems since.

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    DefaultRe: 22 month old lab with arthritis???

    No--at the last visit we were looking for torn muscles, ligaments, tears, etc--something else to explain why she had trouble standing from a seated/downed position. From these same xrays the vet said her spine looked good. So--now the question is, after a month or so after these xrays WHY is she still having the same trouble?

    A few archived posts mention the possibility of a "false negative" lyme test. I saw another mention "leptospirosis" which I have zero clue what that is.

    I plan on calling the vet in the morning because I simply know in my gut something is wrong--and I just can't believe it could be arthritis at such a young age. It must be something else?? something hopefully cureable??

    thanks so much for your post. I do appreciate it.

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    DefaultRe: 22 month old lab with arthritis???

    Quote Originally Posted by garthc
    Oh, about the Frontline, IMO it's USELESS. My dogs were still getting fleas after about 1-2 weeks after treatment. I changed to Advantage & haven't had any problems since.
    Don't mean to hyjack but I keep hearing this more and more about Frontline. Wonder what is going on? If they changed anything? I have not had a flea prob but I switched to Advantix this year.



    Now for the dog, if she had a knee injury, what kind? An injury can create arthritis. Was it treated?
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    DefaultRe: 22 month old lab with arthritis???

    I'd do a full tick titer. Lyme isn't the only tick borne disease.

    Also, my question is the same as Kim's. What kind of knee injury?

    If it keeps up, I would recommend seeing an orthopedic veterinarian.



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    DefaultRe: 22 month old lab with arthritis???

    No--at the last visit we were looking for torn muscles, ligaments, tears, etc--something else to explain why she had trouble standing from a seated/downed position. From these same xrays the vet said her spine looked good. So--now the question is, after a month or so after these xrays WHY is she still having the same trouble?
    You can't see torn muscles, ligaments, tears on an x-ray. I would find an animal chiropractor it does wonders. http://www.avcadoctors.com/more_abou...iropractic.htm
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    DefaultRe: 22 month old lab with arthritis???

    Thanks to everyone for their posts. I will definitely look into the vet chiropractor.

    Today: we went to the vet and we are doing about $80 worth of blood work. Basically a full work up--no tick titter ($138) because after walking and running her under the vet's supervision we're all pretty convinced it is her back right knee. We're doing the blood work first to see what we find.

    However, we are hopeful that will come back fine and that will force us into xrays. At this moment her hind right knee is popping in/out when manipulated and you can't extend her right leg fully.

    Xrays--well, we're hoping they'll tell us what we're up against but I'd like to avoid surgery. That's why I'm grateful for the chiropractic link.

    Anyway, it appears an old injury has flared up, or in fact, never really healed. This, of course, may cause some arthritis down the road but for now we don't suspect lyme disease or any other immune disorder. If something changes I'll post.

    Thanks again.

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    DefaultRe: 22 month old lab with arthritis???

    could this be a cruciate injury? that sounds like cinder's knee when her's went. THe popping when manipulated. Would certainly account for the difficulty getting up.
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    I was going to say cruciate injury as well. Definitely get to an ortho vet.
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