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Aston has seemed intermittently stiff the past few days, hesitating to rise from his bed, but it's always seemed to improve when he walks it out.. I figured his hips and back muscles were tighter than usual, and they were, so I've doubled up on his massage treatment. He was a little stiff but then warmed up and seemed to be fine this evening on his walk, but couldn't seem to settle once we got back indoors, and when he did finally lie down, he started panting heavily without pause. Asked him to stand so that I could inspect him, and he couldn't bear weight on his newly swollen front left leg. We loaded him up and ran him to the evet -- his hind end is already weak, so the burden from a missing front support is huge, and I am sick to think of pain that could get past his tramadol, prednisone, gabapentin and robaxin. Vet on staff instructed us to take Aston home and keep him quiet for the night, then return when his usual vet (the one who has handled his case since October) is on duty at 8am. Told them that I didn't feel comfortable taking him home; they said to just increase his tramadol for the time being. (....)

Thankfully, Aston is resting quietly now with the added dosage in his system. Good thoughts would really, really be appreciated as we head back in tomorrow AM. my buddy is running out of good legs :( at least this struck just after his idiopathic left-hind leg swelling subsided...
And he was such a happy boy earlier this evening :cry1

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Sending good thoughts for you and Aston.

 

I'd be wanting some answers too, and if my vet couldn't provide them I'd ask for a referral to a specialist. Has your vet considered immune-mediated polyarthritis? Does he have a slightly raised temperature?

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Poor Aston! Good thoughts for your boy!

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Good thoughts coming your way! I would be anxious, too. I hope this can be diagnosed and treated easily.

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Good thoughts for Aston.

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Your regular vet who knows Aston will likely, hopefully, be able to give you an answer as to what is going on. It's so hard to have to wait and want nothing more than to erase the pain. Good luck this morning and please let us know when you can how your sweet boy is doing. :goodluck

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I hope Aston had a restful night, and that his regular vet can help him.

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Checking for what I hope is a good update. :goodluck

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Thank you so much, everyone.. I really, really appreciate the support :grouphug

Sending good thoughts for you and Aston.

 

I'd be wanting some answers too, and if my vet couldn't provide them I'd ask for a referral to a specialist. Has your vet considered immune-mediated polyarthritis? Does he have a slightly raised temperature?

His temperature was normal when we asked for a check at the clinic. His left-hind swelling was tapped and fluid sent for culture & cytology, with no abnormalities/infection returned. We did also check for tickborne diseases, negative.
He is also already on prednisone, since it has helped immensely with his case of lumbosacral stenosis/cauda equina syndrome. :(

Waiting for Aston's vet to arrive at the clinic. I'm at work for a few minutes while my husband is letting Aston sleep for as long as possible before loading him into the car to head out. Aston was able to sleep last night. :goodluck

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Well, it's good that his temperature is normal, as I believe IMPA usually presents with a mild fever, and certainly did with my boy. If it did happen to be IMPA, Aston would likely need a much higher dose of prednisone than he is on at the moment (an immune-suppressing dose). My boy had been on a dose of 20mg per day + gabapentin and tramadol via our GP vet, but this did nothing to touch the pain, and when we were referred to a specialist his dose was upped to 100mg per day initially, so I wouldn't rule out something autoimmune just because he's already on steroids. Hope you get some answers soon, as I know how very frustrating it must be to see your boy suffering and not know what the problem is. :grouphug

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Thinking best thoughts for your sweet boy.

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The arthritis test will take 5 days. In the meantime, I'm going to start cooking for him, and it needs to be a novel protein. Will be off to find some venison/rabbit/?? meat this afternoon. Cautiously optimistic after seeing that Aston can bear some weight on that leg after this morning's cold-laser treatment.

Thanks again, everyone :heart:grouphug

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Fingers crossed that the new drug regime does the job for Aston. FWIW my boy felt much better very quickly once he was on an immune-suppressing dose of steroids. He wasn't able to take the other immune-suppressing drug he was prescribed (Azathioprine) as he had bad side effects, so we managed him just on the steroids.

 

Sending continued good thoughts to you and Aston. :grouphug

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Ben did incredibly well when the vet did cold laser treatments with him. He had 5 treatments over 3 weeks and the swelling subsided and he's back to normal. Hope it works for Aston. It's worrisome when they hurt and we can't or don't know what to do.

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The hours following the vet visit yesterday were ugly. The mobility gained immediately following the cold-laser treatment was gone about an hour later, as his wrist started to swell anew:

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In the afternoon, Aston managed to hobble outside, laid down in the grass, and then refused to get up or respond to cookies. I texted back and forth with his vet, who said I could try icing the wrist, but Aston cried if I breathed on it. :( We ended up (hand-)feeding his dinner early in order to get more pred into him, and start the azathioprine. By nighttime, he was a bit more alert, but couldn't get up. My husband insisted on taking the night shift with him, and carried him in and out of the house to potty. ( :heart)

I found ground bison at Costco, so started cooking his novel-protein meals last night. He didn't care about the smell of cooking meat last night, but when I reheated a portion for breakfast this morning -- haven't seen him lurch out of bed so quickly lately, injured or not! :wub: He absolutely scarfed his food and the heap of meds. Was putting a tiny bit of weight on his foot.

Came home to check on him at lunch (husband and I staggered our work schedules to reduce Aston's alone time to 3hrs max), and he greeted me at the door :)

Tonight, he greeted me at the door on all four feet, with a slight limp. We went for a short walk, and he was quite chipper. Scarfed his food and stood at his bowl to lick it for four minutes after eating, then limped over to the couch to rub his face all over it.

His wrist tonight:
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If this is rheumatoid arthritis -- what a nasty, messed-up condition. Of course it could be worse, so I am counting my lucky stars!! but I didn't know what it was previously -- just thought that "arthritis is arthritis."
It just seems a cruel trick for a condition to take a random joint out from under a dog, overnight!, when the poor thing is already weak. Nature, you scary. :(

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