Bruno has been limping one of his back legs for 6 months. The vet did not diagnose him wirth arthritis. Then out of no where he had a bold spot on his upper back. He does not itch it so it probably is not mange and it is purplish. The same vet took a lime disease test and the results were negative......Do you know what is wrong?
I have cats that he likes to chase and pull off their hair. Maybe they bit him one and the wound got infected or the groomers cut him. However, he might have cancer...
The vet gave me this cream that does S!@# and just makes Bruno want to scratch the spot.....idk please help
The limping could be anything from sore foot pad, cracked nail, to some kind of joint problem. If an x-ray doesn't show any probelms with bone or joint, it's probably something with the bottom of the foot.
Hair loss could be something simple as an insect bite, hot spot, or an allergy. It could be a little more complicated as a thyroid problem. A Vet can take a simple blood test to determind if there's any kinds of those problems.
Cancer is always a possibility, but not probable. More than likely a insect bite. Just keep putting the cream on the sore that the Vet gave you and keep an eye on it so it doesn't get bigger of infected.
If you're not satisfied with what your Vet is telling you, get a second opinion.
What kind of limping are we talking about, slight favoring of the leg, is the leg off the ground all the time. Does the dog show a pain response when hes touched in those areas.Is the bald spot from excessive licking?
When my dog was limping on her back leg, it was a torn ligament and she required surgery. If I remember correctly (it's been awhile), she would basically hold the leg off the ground all of the time and more or less walk on three legs. It seemed that she would try and put it down, but not be able to put any weight on it.
Also, I don't think the torn ligament was detected with an X-ray. The vet diagnosed based on a physical examination. If I were you, I'd get a second opinion, especially after 6 months. Good luck.
***Edited By: k9trainer on 7/23/2006 10:11:24 PM*** Reason: add
This could have something to do with the endocrine system. For example: Standard poodles have a tendency to develop problems with the adrenal glands, such as Cushings disease and Addison's disease. Secondly, one might wish to have a T3/T4 test done. Thus, you should ask your vet to perform a complete blood panel including T3/T4 and CBC and glucose. This will require you to fast your dog prior to the blood draw. If your vet has in fact, completed a blood test series and everything has come back within normal ranges, depending on the length of time from that test, two things should be done. 1. If your blood panel has been more than 6 months, please redo. 2. If it has been less than 6 months, please have X-rays and/or a CAT scan to rule out any carcinomas or cancers.
Obviously the later suggestion will be the most expensive suggestion. In order to expedite and hopefully lessen your expenses, you might wish you to consult a vet school near you who might be willing to look at your pet. Not to be rude, but if money is an issue, tell them up front and they will work with you.