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Our 8 year old boxer had his back left knee (TPLO) done 2 years ago and has had an amazing recovery. Besides the odd soreness here and there it is very minimal. Last week out of no where he started limping pretty good on that same leg. He doesn’t rough play or anything anymore so we figured he tweaked it getting off the couch or maybe the stairs. A few days went by it didn’t get better so we took him to the vet. They didn’t do xrays but suspected he has arthritis in that knee so sent him home with meloxicam. We started him on that with extra glucosamine chews and noticed his leg getting somewhat better. His behaviour though was worrying. He acted like we didn’t even exist. We’d call his name, say walk or treat and he’d barely react...all he did was sleep. He was barely eating unless we forced him with wet food. We thought it was the meloxicam so took him off for a day. Didn’t really notice a difference but we did see his mood change slightly. The next morning he was walking slowly like he does and out of no where couldn’t get up and now his RIGHT side was bothering him too. He was crying and struggling to stand up but couldn’t, it was heartbreaking. We have twins due any day and it’s not what we need so we immediately took him back to the vet...crying the whole way thinking this was his last day. The vet did some xrays came out and said that he has spondylosis of his spine and bones have fused and are fusing BUT he also had a fever of 104!!! She kept him overnight. Put him on an IV and antibiotics and ran his blood and a Lyme disease test. She called us that night saying he was walking again and she got his fever down to 101. She wasn’t sure what was going on and was waiting for his blood work in the morning. She called us the next day and nothing really showed with his white or red cell count but something else came up that made her think he has immune poly arthritis. So she tried him on a steroid shot. Called us tonight saying he is doing “okay” and favouring his right hip/leg a bit But is getting on his own up to go to the bathroom, eating drinking and even went outside for 30 mins with her. She said she will assess in the morning if the steroid shot worked or if he needs some other sort of pain killer but if he stays the same she is sending him home with us. She still is not 100% sure what is the issue. We are SOO grateful he’s coming home and not going to doggie heaven...but we just want him to be better...and not be in pain. Has this happened to anyone before? Any ideas of what could be his issue?! I cannot imagine losing him the last few days around the house without him has been depressing to say the least .... 😭
 

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Sorry no one has replied before now??? And I am no help for any answers really as I have no idea what the deal is??? But hopefully he is still doing better ... Welcome Aboard in any case.
 

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I have heard before that once you have one knee done the other will need to be done eventually has she examined the other knee? Maybe he has pain in both knees now? I don't really know but that fever thing is very concerning. I have had a dog react to glucosamine before with nausea and the meloxicam usually my dogs would tolerate that for about 3 days then start throwing up. Steroids' are not a good long term thing but they can be very good at pain relief, they will cause extreme thirst and he will have a difficult time holding his urine and may leak when he sleeps so you will have to put some pads under his bed he will be very hungry on those meds as well. I hope you find out the cause of all of this and I hope the meds will give him some relief. I had one of my boxers get very arthritic in his knees and we ended up giving him Anaquan or it may have been called Adaquan injections (I don't remember the exact name your Vet will know) they require a shot then a booster in a few weeks then its once a month shot and they helped my dog a lot with no gastro problems. I wish you luck and please let us know what they find out.
 

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I would be setting up another appointment with a orthopaedic specialist. Check his current repaired leg and make sure there isnt any problems with the plate. Some dogs can all of a sudden start rejecting the metal implant. Then check his other leg and due to the spondylosis I would make sure he hasn’t ruptured a disc in his back which is what I’m pretty sure is happening. Back injuries cause rear end failure. The steroids just simply help with the inflammation but it is a temporary solution for a ruptured disc.
 
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