Chihuahua People Forum banner

1 - 20 of 66 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)
HI:

I'm having a problem with my 5 year old chihuahua, a few weeks ago his right rear leg started getting swollen bellow the knee, he showed no sign of being injured or having any kind of pain, he still shows no sign of pain, but I have been to the Vet 3 times already, they have run a few tests on him , he was tested for lime disease and some other stuff and every thing came back normal, he was given prednisone and Doxycline and his leg went back almost to normal size but as soon as I stopped the medicine , his leg got all swollen up again.

I'm getting pretty worried about him because today the vet tells me he has no idea what it can be and I have to see an specialist which he went out of his way to tell me that is very expensive (as if he wasn't) anyways has anybody seen something like this before?, any information would be appreciated.

Thank you

PS.

Xray was taken today and everything looks normal there.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
Discussion Starter #4
Is it painful? Is he limping or does he cry if you touch it?

Has your vet done a fine needle aspirate of the area?
No pain , no limping and he acts completely normal and the vet says he cant aspire that area because is inside the tissue or something like that, I wasn't there my wife was the one that took him to the vet today and I have not seen her still.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,441 Posts
How odd. If it was on a person, I'd say cellulitis. I don't know if dogs can get that condition though. It looks red, like it is infected/sore. I would continue with the specialists until you get an answer. Do you have a veterinary college that you can go to? They usually are cutting edge on diagnostics.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
809 Posts
Hmmmm... I would wonder about a tumor of some type. You should be able to do an aspirate, a vet can aspirate pretty much anything from organs (spleen, liver) to lymph nodes to skin nodules. Pred can make tumors shrink drastically and then when the pred is removed the tumor swells back up. Just a thought.

Other than that... can your vet send the x-rays to a board certified radiologist to get a second opinion?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
My chi Willy had his leg amputated, obviously leaving a stump there, and after his neuter, because he was very sore and it threw off his balance, he bumped the stump around a bit and caused it to swell like that. It felt like the padding on the bottom of his feet, that rubbery soild but still soft feel. The vet aspirated it with no problem at all. It did swell up a bit again after, but it went down on its own again within a month.
Has any testing been done for Liver disease? I know that swelling in limbs can be a sign in people, not sure about dogs.
Also, did they check for any clotting? I am not expert, it just come to mind and I wondered if they checked for that :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
My chi Willy had his leg amputated, obviously leaving a stump there, and after his neuter, because he was very sore and it threw off his balance, he bumped the stump around a bit and caused it to swell like that. It felt like the padding on the bottom of his feet, that rubbery soild but still soft feel. The vet aspirated it with no problem at all. It did swell up a bit again after, but it went down on its own again within a month.
Has any testing been done for Liver disease? I know that swelling in limbs can be a sign in people, not sure about dogs.
Also, did they check for any clotting? I am not expert, it just come to mind and I wondered if they checked for that :)


Why was your dog's leg amputated?? I'm terrified that something like that will be needed, today his leg is less swollen but that could be because of the shot he got yesterday at the Vet, I have an appointment to see an specialist on Friday and he is supposed to start a series of tests to find out what's wrong with kokito.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
Oops, I didn't mean to sound off any alarm bells hehehe His leg was not amputated because of the swelling. He was dropped as a puppy by my cousins daughter and the end result was the amputation.
I hope you figure out whats wrong and it gets better soon :)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
Discussion Starter #12 (Edited)
I went to the specialist today and even to her, it was a very strange, now I have to get my dog a very expensive Biopsy and she can't assure that we'll get any answers with the biopsy.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,550 Posts
Oh, I'm sorry, I hate it when they say the test may note give a definitive answer. Why do things have to be so hard some times. I hope it turns out OK.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
6,831 Posts
Sorry you're having such a hard time finding out what the problem is. Good luck with the biopsy, let us know what you find out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
30 Posts
Discussion Starter #18
Thanks everyone for the nice words, I went to the Oncologist today and the best course to take is to amputate the leg and follow with some chemotherapy, it is really tough on us, I can't even look at Koko, because I see him jumping around, running after his ball and being normal, and then we have to face the fact that next week, he will not be the same anymore.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14,441 Posts
I am so sorry he has to lose his leg, but remember that dogs don't live in the past or think about the future. They live in the NOW. He will adapt. And most likely, he will adapt wonderfully. You are doing the right thing by getting rid of the cancer. You will be sad he lost his leg. But he will do just fine. Be strong.

I know how you feel. Brody is blind in one eye. I was devastated when I found out that he couldn't see out of his left eye at all. Many trips to the opthamologist later, and they helped me to see that he would be fine. And he IS fine.

Your little guy will be fine too.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,598 Posts
Hey hun, I am sorry to hear about this. I know how horrid you must be feeling. It is a hard thing. My lil Chi Willy had his leg amputated last year, and I promise you, they DO adjust just fine :) I have put up lots of pictures over the last year. The latest just yesterday that show Willy acting just as normal as can be. It has never bothered him that the leg is gone. He runs and jumps around just like my others. It will look horrible at first but it gets better. *lots of hugs from me and Willy* I'm here to talk to if you need to :)
 
1 - 20 of 66 Posts
Top