There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb
no I cant take her temp - im at work my wife is with Roxy, she has listened to her heart beat and it isn't excessive.
she is not dragging her legs just struggling to move and get up from lying position, doesn't even get up when you walk in the room and normally shes so pleased to see people. cant get in the car or on the couch today had to lift her!
not noticed her limping on one particular leg it just seems to be both back legs giving her pain.
shes been eating and drinking ok
no medication - just arthri aid tablets
thanks in advance
Mark: Thanks for the additional information.That's good that she's still eating and drinking and that she's not dragging her legs.I don't doubt that her arthritis may be bothering her but her rapid decline makes me question if this is all that might be going on. Her symptoms could be consistent with other possible issuesThe possibilities which come to mind include:1. Tick diseases even if you haven't seen any ticks on her recently. Some tick conditions don't show up for months after a tick has fed.2. Spinal issues such as compression of her spinal cord by a disc or mass.3. Fever so it would be good to double check if you can manage to find a thermometer. Normal is between 100 and 102.5.4. Leptospirosis which is a bacterial infection and can mimic other conditions.5. I have seen some dogs with urinary tract infections behave in some odd ways but her behavior strikes me as somewhat inconsistent with most of the ones I've seen...unless she's running a fever (which some dogs do).I'm not absolutely certain if this is an ER type of situation at this point but since she's not taking any medication, you might consider giving her Aspirin at a dose of 10 mg per pound of body weight twice a day, with food to prevent stomach upset.This drug has not only anti-inflammatory properties which might help if arthritis is her issue but also has anti-pain and anti-fever properties as well which might be of benefit.My only hesitation about its use would be that it might interfere with what your vet would want to prescribe if she has to be seen; however, several doses should be fine.I hope this helps and that she's feeling better soon. Deb
I think I can take her temp in the morning when I get home - can I do it with one of the baby thermometers in her ear?
she was doing fine since putting her on arthri aid, running a chasing her ball stll. but this week shes gone right down hill.
I`ll give her some asprin till Monday and take her to the vets then.
ok thanks for your help.
Mark: You're more than welcome.You can use just about any human thermometer to take her temperature except for the one that goes in the ear. The digital kind inserted about 1 inch rectally for about 1 minute would be preferable.I do love and suggest joint supplements for dogs with arthritis issues but they typically work at preventing progression of the disease; they aren't too helpful if the condition has been exacerbated for whatever reason.I've seem more dogs with arthritis than I can probably count; when they suffer an acute deterioration, then it makes me suspect that perhaps something else is going on (such as I previously mentioned).I have seen some dogs respond really, really well to Aspirin so I hope that this is the case with her.I hope you'll keep me posted since I'd like to know how she does. Even after you've rated, (if you do, of course), we can continue to communicate at no additional charge to you.Best of luck with her. Deb