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my brothers dog will not eat
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An_255249 posted:
my brothers dog who is over 12 years old... my brother took him to the vet on friday and his back legs were lame and he was given pain meds and steroids and he just relaxing and laying around he is trying to get up... my brother did get him up with a belly band and he took 2 steps and laid back down, he did eat food last nite but he has not ate anything today and my brother is applying warm compresses on his back legs and excersing his legs.....he is very comfortable at this time is there anything else we can do... the vet is saying it is hip dyplasia at this time he has to take him back on wednesday
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Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
Hello,

I think a reexamine by your brother's veterinarian is definitely in store. Severe hip dysplasia where the ball and socket joint is loose and worn down, can be very painful and the medications will help to ease the pain. But there are other causes of lameness and I am worried the dog is not eating at your last report. Have your brother mention to his veterinarian that the dog is not eating to make sure there is not a sensitivity to the medications or another problem that looks like hip pain. Some combinations of pain medications and steroids can cause GI upset. If the dog is very uncomfortable, and the compresses and exercise are not helping, perhaps the dog needs to see the veterinarian sooner. We always welcome a call from a concerned owner if the pet is not responding the way we all thought they should. Dr. Sandy


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