Friday, March 17, 2017

3049. A 13-year-old Bernese Mountain Dog cannot stand on hind legs

I spoke to the owner today. He alleged that Dr Daniel who is on leave, had advised X-rays but somehow did not follow up. Rimadyl 4 days on and 4 days off did enable the dog to stand up for a while but he had stopped the medication for the past 2 weeks. Now the dog whines in pain and refused to stand up.
So, I suggested X-rays of the hip and spine as I was covering Dr Daniel's case. 

To prevent misunderstanding, it is best to record on the owner's invoice that X-rays are advised.
follow up.

The owner has to decide whether to get surgery done to remove the left femoral head and debris as the dog is 13 years old, at the end of the life span.

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