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Old October 22nd, 2008, 10:58 AM
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Question Dog losing muscle mass

Hi, my 6 year old Lab started off with his hind quarters going out on him. He then became lethargic. Naturally went to vet, had X-rays which showed not too much. He had some muscle mass and weight loss. They put him on prednisone and he made a remarkable improvement. Once he came off the meds, he went downhill again. Lab work showed a slight decrease in his red blood cells. My question is what diseases might cause these symptoms. He has had Lyme's disease and course of treatment. He also had a twisted stomach with a successful operation. Thanks for any help.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 11:05 AM
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There was an article on this in the newest Dogs in Canada magazine...the loss of lean body mass (muscle)...I can't remember the jist of it and I think I recycled the mag already....anyone else still have a copy?
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 11:19 AM
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Tried to find the article on-line, no luck. I know that cancer cachexia (technical term for loss of muscle) is a biggie...renal failure, diabetes and cardiomyopathy are others...sorry, those all sound scary as I type them...I'm sure there are other reasons, and it sounds like you and your vet are still working to figure out the cause?
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Is the RBC count below normal, or just lower but still in the normal range? If it's still normal, it may not be significant.

It might be something like injury to the spine--the steroids bring down the inflammation and the symptoms improved, but without the drugs, the inflammation recurs. Anything that puts pressure on the nerves can cause lameness...steroids will help if the pressure is being caused by inflammation.

Have you tried another course of doxycycline for the Lyme's? Sometimes it's hard to kick. We have a dog with chronic Lyme's and she needs occasional doxy for flare-ups. She shows some lameness when she's having a flare-up, although nothing near as severe as what your dog is experiencing. Dogs often get more than one tick-borne disease at a time, too--has your dog had an anaplasmosis screening?

I hope you get a diagnosis soon, lagatha, and your dog recovers quickly
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 12:37 PM
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Thanks for your reply but just talked to vet, Tucker is down there now. It seems that he has lymphoma and other than putting him through some invasive procedures, there is not much that can be done. We will just bring him home and make him as comfortable as possible for the time he has left. We are devastated by this news but will make his last days good ones. Again thanks for help.
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Old October 22nd, 2008, 01:11 PM
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Oh, I'm so sorry it was bad news, lagatha.

There are so many on this board that have been through what you're going through now--we're here if you need to rant, cry, seek advice, need a hug, whatever.

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 08:47 PM
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I am so sorry to hear about your dog. My dog is having simliar problems. We have had blood work done - it is normal. And she has been on meds for about 3 weeks with no marked improvement. She has taken a down turn today and we are headed back the vet tomorrow. I am trying to figure out what I should ask to be done to diagnose her. Do you have any recommendations?
How are you all doing?
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