I’m here to ask for your opinion and what you may think. I know without proper diagnosis it’s hard to tell, but here it goes:
I have a 6 year old saint bernard (Chewbacca), male, neutered, 181 lbs.
Early April, I brought him to the vet to get him checked because he was limping from the right front paw. My vet diagnosed him with Interdigital Cysts and he was on antibiotics for 2 weeks and about a month on prednisone. It looked like it cleared everything and was back to normal, although he still needed to be careful because if he ran or walked at a fast pace, he would limp a little. My vet prescribed him Gabapantin to help with the pain, which I’m worried it will simply be like putting a bandage on the issue. She thinks it may be due to arthritis because he’s getting older, but aside from the pain in his paws, he doesn’t have any problems getting up or anything that would suggest him suffering from arthritis. I also give him Glucosamine with chondroitin daily.
Then (probably unrelated) after a few days done with the meds, noticed a little blood on the tip of his penis as I was brushing him. I got a urinalysis as well as getting his prostate checked and it turned out that he had a significant amount of bacteria in his urine, therefore, another week of antibiotics.
Now, we fast forward close to 2 weeks later, i’ve noticed Chewie starting to lick underneath his left front paw and the tiniest bit of limping earlier this week. It seems to get worst everyday, and this morning I noticed this strange brown spot on his pad (it wasn’t there this weekend). He was also keeping his right back leg in the air as it’s hurting too. I would love to know your input. I’m so worried because I know he’s getting older since he’s a big dog. He’s my world and I want to do all I can to give him his best life.
Thank you so much in advance.