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I have rottweiler/German shepherd. Shes only 4 1/2 years but

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I have rottweiler/German shepherd. Shes only 4 1/2 years but acts like a very old dog, plodding along slowly on them park, flopping down and panting. She was limping and the Vet yesterday said it was a torn claw after checking her joints.
Is it normal for this breed to age so quickly? Shes not over weight, shes eating and drinking normally, has a good healthy appearance and seems happy enough.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Susan replied 2 years ago.
Dr. Susan :

Hi, I can help you with your question today.

Dr. Susan :

No, I definitely don't expect a 4 1/2 year old dog to have this much difficulty getting around.

Dr. Susan :

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.

Dr. Susan :

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.

Dr. Susan :

We could also do a trial of doxycycline, which is a medication that treats tick borne illnesses.

Dr. Susan :

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.

Dr. Susan :

This would be the treatment for immune mediated disease.

Dr. Susan :

Did she have a fever yesterday?

Customer:

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

Dr. Susan :

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.

Customer:

Dear Dr Susan, I will take my dog for furtherfurther tests then. Many thanks for sharing your knowledge.

Dr. Susan :

Again, you are very welcome :)

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