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She’s old and overweight and having problems walking I think

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She’s old and overweight and having problems walking I think she has joint pain
JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long has the dog's weight been a concern?
Customer: all her life, she had puppy strangles and was on steriods for quite some time which affected her weight so she’s always been too big. As she got older her weight has increased and she doesn’t like to walk
JA: When did the dog last see a vet? Is she taking any medications?
Customer: last year they said they thought she had Cushing desease but it was too expensive to get a definitive diagnoses
JA: What's the dog's name?
Customer: bumble
JA: Is there anything else the Vet should know about Bumble?
Customer: just she seems to be in pain and needs something to help with that to make her more comfortable
Submitted: 12 days ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Hello, you are through to Dr Linda, a UK based vet with 10 years of clinical experience.I'm sorry to hear this and appreciate your concern for Bumble.What age and breed is she?Can she go for her regular walks at the moment?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She is a Bichon she is 14 years old. And she refuses to walk. We have a large back garden snd she will go in there but that’s as far as she will go. She is very overweight
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Thank you, ok.Does she have any other signs such as panting, a bloated tummy or muscle wastage / atrophy?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She has a big tummy anyway and her weight makes her lathargic, I don’t think she has muscle wastage just bad joints off carrying all the weight
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Understood, sure.Has a vet ever diagnosed joint disease or arthritis?Does she seem to struggle more with a particular leg?
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She sleeps more than anything else
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
I’d just like to make her more comfortable with some ani inflammatory pain medication that is safe for dogs
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
I am just typing my reply, thank you.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
she struggles more with her front left leg …she sort of limps till she gets going but then she’s stops limping after a while
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
The first step here is to get a diagnosis, to determine what's causing her signs.We would consider chronic arthritis, hip dysplasia, a neurological condition, weak muscles due to Cushing's etc.There's no question here weight will be making things worse but there could be an underlying issue on top of joint pain due to strain and wear and tear.We need to book her in for a vet to examine her and perform an orthopaedic and neurological assessment.Due to her age, it is important we perform some basic blood tests before starting long term medicine, to ensure her liver and kidneys would tolerate them and we wouldn't be causing any harm.Her treatment will depend on what is going on and may include e.g non steroidal anti inflammatories and/or opioids or Gabapentin.These are prescription medicine which can only be issued by a vet who has seen her and weighed her.If overgrown, her claws should be trimmed short.She will likely benefit from joint supplements such as Nutraquin or Yumove which can be started now.It will also significantly help her if we try to slim her down, which may mean starting a weight loss diet.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
She’s not been diagnosed with joint disease but they did mention arthritis previously and gave her some Metacam which helped
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Oftentimes, this would need to be given longterm on an ongoing basis so if it has helped before, it may well be needed from now on.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Can’t you prescribe it?
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
No, online vets cannot issue prescriptions or prescription medicine.I'm sorry for any confusion.As discussed, this wouldn't be appropriate for her as there may be more going on than arthritis, she should have a blood test beforehand and we would need to examine her to know which medicine would work best.
Customer: replied 12 days ago.
Ok thanks anyway
Expert:  Dr L Simmon replied 12 days ago.
Not at all and I really hope we can have her feeling better and get her more active soon.This window stays open so you can keep me updated and ask any further questions you may have.Take care.