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QUESTION: A few weeks ago my dog started limping, I thought that he had pulled a muscle or something like that.But it kept on getting worse and now he can not even get up sometimes.It seems to be irritating him for his hip area and left leg,but we do not think he is in pain because he is not whimpering or whining.He is a 8-9 year old beagle,shih tzu mix.
        
         Thanls

ANSWER: Dear Gabe,

We definitely need to diagnose the condition. My opinion will be to go for radiology of the hip so as to find out/rule out conditions like Hip Dysplasia,as beagle and beagle mix are prone to such diseases.So a veterinary consultation needs to be done ASAP.

I would recommend to start glucosamine/chondroitin/omega 3 supplement as supportive therapy.

regards

anand


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QUESTION: Are there any other conditions that he could have besides hip Dysplasia
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Yes Gabe, there are some degenerative diseases like intervertibral disc disease,muscular degeneration etc and even some viral infections may cause such symptoms.Beagle pain syndrome is another immune mediated disease.So a right diagnosis is mandatory to proceed any further.

Thanks and regards

anand

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Large and Small Animal Medicine and Surgery, Farm Management,Preventive medicine http://binduanand.webs.com/

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

Organizations
Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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BVSc & AH (Bachelor of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry) 1990. College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, Thrissur, Kerala, India under Kerala Agricultural University. Certificates Of Accomplishments- Equine Nutrition- University of Edinburgh Principles of Public Health-University of California, Irvine. AIDS- Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia. General Environmental Health – EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Food Protection-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Zoonoses:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Food Safety:University of Minnesota-School of Public Health online. Occupational Safety and Health-EPHOC-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Rabies Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Animal Handler & Vaccinator Educator Certified -Global Alliance for Rabies Control. Wildlife Conservation-United for Wildlife

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