Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
I already posted in the nutrition section, but will give a quick update here also.
Things are not looking good. Leo has had three bouts of bad lameness since the end of July. First one was front right, the last two were front left. When this happened, he was basically not putting weight on the affected foot at all anymore.
The first two episodes cleared up after 3-4 days of bute, the third episode has now been going on for five days and does not seem to respond to bute at all.
Leo has also been losing weight and is continuing to have a hard time keeping weight on.
He has been trimmed very regularly every five weeks. The vet was out once when the first lameness episode happened. They sent someone else than my regular vet and the guy was virtually useless. So we were all relieved that Leo cleared up again on bute.
Our regular vet was also out last Friday for the weight issue and the recurring lameness. We took another set of x-rays, which actually looked really good. Compared to where we started out in April (when he first foundered), the sole has grown back nicely and the angles are looking a lot better. Vet also checked for ulcers and took some blood for renal / liver values and systemic inflammation markers. Everything came back ok.
So now we're back to zero. We neither know why he is losing weight, nor why he is so lame. From all the diagnostics, he shouldn't be... but he is :(. The vet now suspects a circulation issue and wants to do a venigram.
Aargh, I'm losing my mind over this. It is at a point where I am not sure whether he has sufficient quality of life anymore, but I do also not want to put him down without even knowing what's wrong. I'm heartbroken :(