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It started over a year and a half ago where suddenly one day our German Shepard had back pain between the shoulders when pet and progressed within the next couple days to him not eating drinking and making grunts when having to get up and lay down. We took him to the vet and they believed it was lymes since two of the lymes tears came back positive. No other joint pain signs however. He improved in two days and was good for months. Then suddenly the same thing again, so we went back and they retested and figured he wasn’t on the antibiotic long enough.

He was fine until a couple days after he finished the doxycycline again. At this point we decided to change vets. Our dog also developed blood drops around the house from his penis (he is intact). He got an ultrasound of his pelvis and slightly enlarged testes most likely enlarged prostate. The new vet believed it was a back issue and prescribed nonsteriodals. However this did not help. He also then prescribed a different antibiotic which did not improve any symptoms. Our dog looked like he was dying so I begged the dr for doxycycline since it works and he gave a larger dose for longer. His symptoms all went away and he was normal again (he still had slight back pain at time when petting him). After this round a week later his pain is back and he stopped eating and is acting like an old dog (he’s only 5!). We got an X-ray and found some severe spondylitis below the shoulders area in the spine. The dr said we could take him to a specialist which I booked already, but he wasn’t sure why doxycycline works and not an anti inflammatory. Our poor dog has been dealing with this for a long time, anyone have any suggestions or does this sound similar? Seems odd that he’s younger and has this. We have never had a German Shepard before Kai. Thanks in advance
 

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If it's for lyme, it should be 100mg 4x a day for a month. Doxycycline also has an anti inflammatory effect.
If it is lyme, it can affect the kidneys and liver.
This article has some good holistic advice to use in conjunction with the antibiotic:
https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/4_7/features/Lyme-Disease-in-Dogs_5371-1.html
If its not lyme, then I'm not sure what it is. Where are you located. Maybe someone knows of a good vet, or you are near a good teaching vet like Cornell.
 

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Oh boy. You might want to read the thread in the Health Issues forum that i started a few years ago about discospondylitis, which my dog Sage had. A lot of info about medications, both antibiotic and pain relief.

https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum/health-issues/554178-discospondylitis.html#post6859882

I hope this helps. So sorry you and your boy are dealing with this.



Thanks for the advice I think u may be right. We are having difficulty deciding on spending 3000 on an mri after we have spent that already in alternate testing, the outcome does not look good. He’s eating well now and seems mostly happy except he’s dragging his feet tripping. We have two toddlers as well so it’s very difficult since he’s so young. It seems to be such a mystery to vets we have been to three different ones and finally have a couple possibilities, however Discospondylitis has been in my mind since i first came across your post. Thank you.
 
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