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Experience:  15 yrs in practice, specialist canine/feline medicine
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My 12 year old rottweiler has discomfort in her back leg she

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My 12 year old rottweiler has discomfort in her back leg she can't put her paw down
Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 15 years of experience. I look forward to working with you.I am so sorry Bessie is experiencing this level of pain. This sounds terribly painful for her. There are certainly many possible causes of this lameness. At her age this could be exacerbation of existing arthritis pain or she could have a knee injury or another joint sprain/strain or this could be more serious such as a fracture or tumor. My absolute best recommendation for her would be to have her seen by her veterinarian as soon as you can arrange this. Based on a physical examination your vet should be able to isolate the location of her pain. And then determine if further testing such as radiographs (X-rays) may be necessary. If you have already tried pain relief and had an exam but no X-rays were done, then this is the best next step.If you already know the cause and are looking for alternative therapies other than pain relief or even other pain killers then our options for achieving better comfort for her include trying multiple pain relief drugs (such as a non steroidal anti-inflammatory +/- gabapentin +/- tramadol +/- amantadine) plus other modalities such as acupuncture or therapeutic laser treatment and the list continues.I am not exactly certain what you question may be and please reply if I have not already answered the question you have. My goal is to answer all your questions.
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