Can't get diagnosis on our dog's illness
(Los Angeles, CA)
Bailey is our ten year old standard charcoal grey poodle...he does have hip dysplasia, but it never bothered him before. He was fine, and then suddenly he didn't want to get up one day (this started about 6 weeks to 2 mos. ago), his energy was lower, etc.
It got progressively worse with low energy, low appetite, he was moaning when lying down, hard time climbing stairs....his blood work has all come back normal, liver kidney are fine, his heart and lungs sound good, no tick diseases, lymes was ruled out, no fever, pees and poops with no problems.
He doesn't have Atypical Addison's which he was just tested for, has no itching and his skin is all normal, but the doctor gave him prednesolone to take right away before we got the test results back, and he felt better almost immediately.
So he doesn't have Addison's but he feels vastly better taking that drug... his appetite returned with a vengeance (he's lost a little weight), he was playful again, is getting up and down ok, etc, pretty much back to normal...so that leads me to think either it's all because of the dysplasia or he has some other inflammatory condition that the prednisolone really helps.
What else can we check him for or do you think that all his symptoms, which abruptly started one day, are just due to dysplasia?
We even had a pet medical intuitive suggest he may have a severe case of fungal candida, and many of the symptoms do match, but he does not have vomiting or diarrhea, or itchiness, etc.
He otherwise looks and seems like a healthy boy...he eats mostly raw meat diet, veggies, brown rice, vites and supplements, etc, he has his whole life, no antibiotics, has gotten mostly french vaccine, etc.
Thanks for any thoughts on what else could be going on, what else to test for...thank you - Olivia
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