Hi, I can help you with your question today.
No, I definitely don't expect a 4 1/2 year old dog to have this much difficulty getting around.
I would be concerned about any congenital problems like hip dysplasia, infectious problems like Lyme or Anaplasma (tick borne diseases), and also immune mediated arthropathy.
If they haven't already, I would definitely start with some blood work. I would like a CBC, serum chemistry, and a 4DX test which looks for 3 tick diseases.
We could also do a trial of doxycycline, which is a medication that treats tick borne illnesses.
If we aren't seeing a diagnosis from the tests, and no improvement from the doxycycline, we could also start a trial of an oral steroid.
This would be the treatment for immune mediated disease.
Did she have a fever yesterday?
Thank u Dr Susan. I shall go back to my Vet with my dog and have further tests that you me ntioned done. Grateful Gratefully Nora
You're very welcome. Please let me know if you have further questions. I am happy to continue until you get the service you seek.
Dear Dr Susan, I will take my dog for furtherfurther tests then. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge.
Again, you are very welcome :)