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What a great show of support and positive energy at this forum. I too find myself at the doorstep of this forum for a left front leg limp that has been getting worse. I hope my beloved 2 year old Cali will have a similar outcome as Kody ( a similar recent case).

I will have to later share the story of how this amazing creature came into my life but for now I am trying to find more answers.

Early in April this year Cali was spayed (as we had recently received her), great recovery until about 3 1/2 weeks later, she became lethargic. I returned with her to the vet to look for sometype of infection that may have been related to the surgery. Vet put her on antibiotics and no improvement in 3 days.

In fact, on the forth day Cali went completely blind....suddenly, 100%. Talk about a shocker and of course it was a Sunday. Her blindness lasted about an hour...thank God. Got her to the eye specialist the following day and after a few tests (drawing blood and a tear test) they injected her eyes for UVites (sp). This dog is so good, she sat with me on the people bench the whole time and she was a better patient than I.

After the vet went in the back I was sitting on the bench with Cali, petting her and low and behold I found a tick! We live in AZ mind you and not a lot of ticks here. Tests came back positive for tick fever.....ah what a relief I thought. Quick recovery to Doxycycline and I was jumping for joy....now I'm not jumping anymore.

She stated with a noticable swagger in walk and occasionally would favor a particular rear leg, then it shifted to the front leg, then she was fine??? Went to a new vet with all of my bloodwork and the lameness was too mild to make a call. Shifting leg lameness perhaps but now it is all in her front left and she has learned how to be a 3 legged dog in about 3 days. She still climbs the stairs to find me. Have been back to the vet and they are somewhat at a loss but are banking on Immune Mediated Arthritis? I have been researching and am now left with the choice, go straight for the joint tap at the specialist (advised it would be well over $1000) or do we look at xrays for either a fracture or God forbid a tumor?

Warm shoulder joint on occasion, no fever, eats good, poops good (amazing for 3 legs!), not real active right now. Just started Rimadyl today to try to ease the joint pain.

Sorry for the windy post, just trying to find any advice as I am on my 3rd vet and we are a bit stretched at the moment, but can't bear the thought of this dog going so quickly.....thanks for sharing any advice or information.

Major symptom is left shoulder pain. She won't really whimper, but won't use the left leg. I can get her to whimper when I gently work the left shoulder. We ordered the advanced tick panel after the CBC came back with a low positive (exposure), but it is negative....man this sucks.

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Limping is,often,a sign of lymes desease!.Would take her to the vet and ask them if she need another treatment,for lymes.
You could,also, ask for x-rays,to make sure that her leg is fine and rule out,anything else.
Hope she feels better,soon.
 

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Did you vet do a full thyroid panel when the tick panel was run? I know my Jasper had rotating lameness in his legs before finally being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I would do a full thyroid panel and x-rays, personally, and then go from there.
 

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Cali & I

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Please listen to what the others posted as they care about you and Cali and they know about this.

Get her back to the vet and ask for what they said to ask for.

I am praying for your Cali and you-what an awful trauma you both are going through.

Did you adopt Cali? How old is she?
 

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Low positive for lyme is a positive in my book.
She needs to be aggresively treated for lyme,
or any of the other tick borne diseases like barbeisia....
It can get nasty in humans & pets alike.
 

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Thanks for your input. I really appreciate the guidance.

Low positive for lyme is a positive in my book.
She needs to be aggresively treated for lyme,
or any of the other tick borne diseases like barbeisia....
It can get nasty in humans & pets alike.

We have ran 2 long courses of treatment (doxycycline)for the original tick fever and it is the same medicine for lyme. Both her second and third round of blood work shows negative for lyme. It only shows exposure for E. Canis and I was adamant about triple checking for tick bourne issues remaining. The vet assures me it is not the case, but it is alwyas in the back of my mind because it seems to me that the tick fever is where it all started.

5 hours later great response to the Rimadyl which is the non-steroid anti-inflammatory, I feel much better as she is not looking so pitiful but I am concerned it is covering a more serious condition.

I am praying for your Cali and you-what an awful trauma you both are going through.

Did you adopt Cali? How old is she?

Thank you we appreciate your thoughts and prayers, she is the finest creature I have ever known. Cali is 2 yrs 6 months old and we have had her since Christmas day. How she came into our lives is somewhat remarkable. I work for the airlines and was on my last trip before my holiday vacation. We had just met a Golden at an associates house and my wife had commented..."Wow, if we could find a dog like that, I wouldn't mind having a dog again". This was kind of shocking to me because after the loss of our last 15 year dog, I had believed she was done.

The night before I left for my last trip we had watched a very sweet Hallmark movie titled "A Dog Named Christmas". Kids cried, wife cried...sweet movie about a foster dog that became a permanent family member.

Since my children have gotten older (15 and 12) it has gotten more difficult to surprise them and this past year I was certain would be the year they would come to know that there is a limit to Santa. So on my last day at work before vacation was to start we were walking to the airplane and I was visiting with the flight attendant about Christmas wishes from children and she advised me that she was a breeder of Goldens and had a Christmas puppy available. I had advised her that we had been without a dog for 6 years and there were no puppies in our future.

I explained about my wife's Golden comment and the movie we had just watched. That's when she explained that she was in the process of a divorce and had a 2 year old that needed a good home (her owner had returned her 8 months prior as he was deployed overseas). She would not only give her to me, but she said she would be happy to deliver the dog Christmas morning to surprise everyone as she celebrates Christmas Eve! I said that sounds great but although I would really like to surprise my wife as well, a dog was not the way to do that. She said, "Well let's call it a 2 week foster, just like the movie and if there are any problems just bring her back to the farm and I will thank your family fo helping me while I am away. Come meet her tomorrow and see if she might be a good fit for you".

So, Christmas Day after the gifts were unwrapped and there were no $1700 computers under the tree, I knew the jig was up for meeting Christmas wishes. We finished unwrapping at 8:50 AM and that is when I declared "Well you know it just wouldn't be Christmas Day without some sort of magical surprise and I have an announcement! We have a visitor coming!" My wife said "What", the kids said who, my wife said when....and I said the visitor will be here in 10 minutes. My wife was shocked and declared "Who is coming on Christmas morning and how long are they staying"? The kids waited for the answer as well to which I replied, It is simply a visitor and she may be here for 20 minutes or 2 weeks, I am not certain. Everyone simply was in disbelief.

That is when Cali arrived and stole everyone's heart. They couldn't believe we would get to foster a dog just like the movie. She was such a polite visitor my wife commented (within 10 minutes) "You just might not get this dog back"! Both Sandy (the flight attendant) and I shared a smile.

Sandy had advised me that she had not had the time to work with her and that Cali was horrible on a leash and disliked the car. Cali now will walk forever off her leash and heel the entire time. She even keeps pace during jogging or stopping to visit with a neighbor. The car is now a treat and I am simply blown away by this animal. She has brought our family closer and given my teenagers something to care for as well. A real gift she is.

Sorry for the windy response, but thought I would share this remarkable story about the dog that saved Christmas.

Did you vet do a full thyroid panel when the tick panel was run? I know my Jasper had rotating lameness in his legs before finally being diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I would do a full thyroid panel and x-rays, personally, and then go from there.

I did not even hear about thyroid, but it will be next on my list to go with xrays. She is responding to today's medication when the other pain med had no effect. I will consult with her vet on Monday.

I appreciate the experience that the members here have either read about or have experienced first-hand. Keep the info coming and we will do our best to beat this thing.

Jack
 

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Sorry - not advice to offer, only prayers that you get this figured out. We have two boys similar in age to yours. You are so right about Cali being a gift. I am so thankful for Tucker- it is simply amazing what a teenager will tell you when you go on a walk with a dog.

BTW- welcome to the forum!
 

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I hope you are able to find the cause of Cali limping. I too am dealing with a dog with a left front leg limp for about 7 weeks now. I am taking Liam to see a vet specialist on Aug 10th as we believe Liam has some kind of injury in his shoulder area like a rotator cuff injury.

Good luck with Cali treatments.
 

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Welcome to the forum. What a beautiful red girl Cali is. Sorry, no advice but I did want to comment that I'm sure Cali will be the best christmas present your family ever received.
 

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Thanks for the warm welcome. She is like a new dog thim morning and that's after just one dose of the anti-inflamatory. Keep in mind she was a 3 legged dog for the 3-4 days prior and she would still insist on following me upstairs.

Rob's GR's, please let me kow what your specialist says because I will be going soon as well (about 12 days). I will share the info as well. Forums can be such a powerful tool.

Cali will never leave the room until I wake up, even if the whole house is up and moving. This morning she gently nudged me as to tell me she was ready to play ball again! Too bad there is no "playing ball" in her near future :no:
 

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As I said on the other thread, xrays would be a good idea to rule out cancer or obvious shoulder injury. Am glad the meds seem to be helping.
Keep us updated.. sending prayers for Kali!
 

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Sorry I can't offer any advice to this frustrating problem.
My original thought was of course some kind of tick bourne disease, but that seems to have been ruled out.
I am glad you have an appointment with a specialist.
I also see from time to time, that other members recommend cases like this to go to a teaching hospital. Not sure if you have one near you or not. THe idea is that you have so many people throwing around ideas, and they like to take on the tough cases like this. But you can evaluate a suggestion like that once you have seen the specialist.
Glad the anti-inflammatories given have been helping you girl to be limp free again. It must be a real pleasure for you to see her relatively pain-free.

I feel very frustrated for you, as usually collectively we come up with some really good ideas.

Instead I will offer good thoughts and I will keep an eye on this thread to check on Cali's progress.
She does sound sooo wonderful and I am so happy she was your Christmas Miracle. What a nice story.

All the best -

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I don't really have any expertise to offer either (my dog's limp is likely the beginnings of arthritis and she is on Sashas Blend), but I just wanted to say how much I loved your story of how you got Cali. Seemed like she was a dream come true. She is just lovely - actually the dark red I had been hoping for. (Not that I would trade my more golden red girl for anything!!)
 

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Based on the input so far, it seems that it may be one of 4 things: 1) Fracture or other shoulder injury, 2) Cancer, 3) Arthritis or 4) Thyroid.

I am planning on x-rays while inquiring on the thyroid panel, then specialist and/or a vet school.

My question is for owner's managing arthritis. I just learned about Sashsa's Blend and I am curious how manageable is arthritis in a young dog? Can they still play fetch within reason? Do they lead a relatively normal life or are they somewhat restricted? I know this can vary with severity but I have zero experience with this?

Any arthritis managers out there? And more specifically any cases of Immune Mediated Polyarthritis?
 

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Based on the input so far, it seems that it may be one of 4 things: 1) Fracture or other shoulder injury, 2) Cancer, 3) Arthritis or 4) Thyroid.

I am planning on x-rays while inquiring on the thyroid panel, then specialist and/or a vet school.

My question is for owner's managing arthritis. I just learned about Sashsa's Blend and I am curious how manageable is arthritis in a young dog? Can they still play fetch within reason? Do they lead a relatively normal life or are they somewhat restricted? I know this can vary with severity but I have zero experience with this?

Any arthritis managers out there? And more specifically any cases of Immune Mediated Polyarthritis?
I just started giving my girl Tesia (nearly 10 years old) Sashas Blend - and we have a little thread about it going on in the Seniors forum. A few of us have just started or are thinking about starting treatment, so we're comparing notes. The vet said I likely wouldn't see results for 14-30 days. I'm only on Day 5.

Right now, my dog is very stiff after exercise, has been since she was about 2 years old, but it has become much worse in the past year. She sometimes can't climb the stairs, or jump onto the bed or couch after recovery from a big session. I help her until she loosens up a bit. I have also bought an orthopedic foam mattress for the back seat of the car because I realized she was uncomfortable lying on the hard seat for any amount of time. That seems to have been a huge help.

She has recently developed a slight limp in her right front leg. My vet manipulated her legs and said there is the beginning of loss of range of motion in that leg - likely arthritis beginning. Tee has run hard and fast all her life in pursuit of tennis balls, and it is her greatest joy in life. So my goal is to help her to be able to play ball for as long as possible. Right now, I play far more with her in the lake, which is easier on her joints (plus it's just too hot this summer for any land ball) - the problem is, she still loves to run and so she runs along the shore before leaping into the water! :doh: I will see how she is doing once the weather becomes too cool to swim and regulate playing ball accordingly. But even now, just going for a walk inflames whatever is in her leg, because she will wind up limping as we are walking. I am hoping the Sashas Blend will make a difference - but I may need to add an anti-inflammatory at some point...
 

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I am interested in the less toxic way to manage it especially after reading the Rimadyl information on the Pfizer site. It did certainly do wonders quickly though. I am thinking we will keep Cali "off the ball" for at least two weeks and pull her off the drugs and see how she does. The tramadol had ZERO effect on her pain.

I am amazed by the similar cases I am finding in this forum...what a great resource.
 

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Wow, I hate to hear that about the Tramadol since I have Selka on a therpeutic dose for his bone cancer. Either it is helping, he isn't in much pain (which I can't imagine , knowing what I know about bone cancer) or he just too stoic. I doubt that because sommetimes he has a very pronounced limp and other times not. It has seemed less so since I have had the therpeutic dose going.

maybe Tramadol just doesn't help arthritis much.. and the anti inflammation drugs are the answer.

Sending good thoughts for Cali.
 
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