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My gsd rescue amber is about 9/10 years old I’ve had her 3 years now and since I had her she has been limping after a walk and occasionally can’t walk after. So I cut her walks down from 3 hours to an hour a day. She had a X-ray 1 year ago and said she has perfect hips and it’s just her being a wimp but she has kept limping after a walk and running sideways and now today she has jumped off the bed and her hips just went from underneath her. And she screamed she has a vets appointment in the morning and have given her metacam. As was in a lot of pain etc
What else can I do for her this evening
 

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I'm sorry to hear Amber is in pain. I would ask the vet to look at her spine if her hip x-ray were clear. Also look at the knees. Dogs can have and do get arthritis in the stifles (knees). This could be the cause of her pain and limping.

The running sideways gives me concern. DM comes to mind. Along with a possible neurological issue.

As for tonight I would just keep up with her prescribed dose of metacam and let her take the evening off for walks. Let her rest.
 

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I would try another vet....and another...and another....until someone can diagnose and treat the problem.
 

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Sounds like a back issue to me. May you get a diagnosis with a good prognosis. My now 10 yo had back issues show up at 4. It's been manageable with chiro, accupuncture, and supplements - now we've been on generic rimadyl and a pain shot every month for several months.
 

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From your description.....jumped off the bed & screamed....I'd think spine/disc also--you'd likely be better off IMO seeing a specialist (neurology) who's good at reading x-rays of the spine...again it's the screaming after the jump that makes me think possible spine issue....I also wouldn't let her jump off the bed (assuming your bed's as high as ours is) at her age regardless...
 

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FYI if Amber is used to being on the bed they do have affordable pet stairs that would be helpful. Better to use a few stairs than jump at her age. Especially if she has any joint or spine issue.
 

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I'm sorry to hear Amber is in pain. I would ask the vet to look at her spine if her hip x-ray were clear. Also look at the knees. Dogs can have and do get arthritis in the stifles (knees). This could be the cause of her pain and limping.

The running sideways gives me concern. DM comes to mind. Along with a possible neurological issue.

As for tonight I would just keep up with her prescribed dose of metacam and let her take the evening off for walks. Let her rest.

She has had knees X-ray alongside hips but nothing showed up
Have vets at 10 am will see how she goes
 

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FYI if Amber is used to being on the bed they do have affordable pet stairs that would be helpful. Better to use a few stairs than jump at her age. Especially if she has any joint or spine issue.
The bed is low to the ground it’s about 3/4 of a ft off ground she has had glucosamine since I got her aswell
 

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ni-0telyMy dog was recently diagnosed with lumbosacral spondylosis. She can't take hardly any of the regular pain meds because it interacts with other medicines or conditions that she has.

She takes adequan and just started cold laser for her back. We've also had some good results with chiropractic.

She definitely does not have the same control of her hind end that she used to have, and can't flex her back like she used to, she kind of always looks slightly humped, and while she can wag her tail it's nothing like it used to be and feels like a limp noodle when I pick it up (I have to clean her butt kind of a lot)

She can have Previcox intermittently but can't take it daily because she is on steroids. So I just give it to her when she has done more than usual or seems more sore than usual.
 

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Dogs don't fake being sick or in pain. It could be a torn acl. It could be in the spine. It could be arthritis. But if she's limping and screaming then something is wrong. So put her on crate rest for 2 weeks, no long walks, use the metacam.

If the vet really told you that she was just "being a wimp" then they need to find a new line of work Burger King is always hiring.
 

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Have you checked her paws/feet for anything stuck in them or between the pads? My dogs have occasionally gotten small burrs or a thorn stuck in between their pads and shown the same sort of symptoms.

Also, I recommend Meloxicam vs metacam. Meloxicam is the pill version of metacam and your regular primary care doctor will probably prescribe it for you and it'd be covered under your insurance. My doctor gives it to me for joint pain. One tab lasts 24 hours. I just told him Alleve wasn't cutting it for me anymore and that I'd tried meloxicam and found it effective and he gave me no trouble with it, and 4 doctors I've had since filled it for me without question. Both vets I've used gave it the thumbs up and gave me dosages to use.

For dogs, 80-100lbs, start with ~7mg and after 3 days reduce to ~3.5mg. My PCP prescribed me 15mg tabs, I take half and split the other half between both of my ~100lb dogs to proactively reduce inflammation/swelling and because they're getting older and creaky. Gave it to the three dogs I had years ago and they tolerated it well and lived to 15, 16 and 18...all extra large breeds and they walked fine and were able to jump in and out of the car until their last days.

I get a 90 day supply through my insurer for about $7.
 
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