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Hi, everyone!

I am new to this forum and I am wondering if anyone has ever dealt with IMP in a Rottie or in any dog. My 3-year-old Lola began this saga in August, within weeks of having intropeon surgery. It started with occasional limping, always on different feet. The limping became more constant, and she would sometimes cry out if she stepped wrong. Her joints began to swell, along with her jaw! At that point she didn't want to eat because of the pain in her neck and jaw. And, she developed a lupis-like outbreak on her cheek. Meanwhile...

I began taking her to the vet when she first started limping. The vet took some x-rays of Lola's front legs and gave me carprofen and tramadol. 2 weeks later, we are back at the vet because those medicines aren't really helping. The tramadol does help relieve the pain, but it makes her sleepy, so that's out for a long-term solution. More tests, more x-rays, and a different NSAID. Which didn't work, either. I can't remember the complete list of visits and tests, but I finally convinced the vet to do joint taps. She did and sent the results to a specialist who determined that Lola has IMP. The vet began treatment with prednisone. The swelling went down within 2 days, and Lola was obviously feeling better, and was able to get around more easily. She is still quite weak and has lost so much weight that she is almost skeletal. Her appetite has returned, but she is not putting on any weight yet.

If anyone has experience with this disease, how did you deal with it long-term and how has it affected your dog?
 

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Welcome to the forums! I'm so sorry to hear about Lola. I have never dealt with this disease....but my Rottweiler Baxter did develop immune problems at the age of 5. He started out with lumps on his ears that looked like bug bites...they continues to pop up on his nose and his head. The vet did a punch biopsy on some if his lumps and after waiting quite awhile the lab results came back as a skin immunity problem (too many years ago to remember the exact wording). Instead of attacking his joints like your dog...his system was attacking his skin.

The vet first tried cyclosporine on him in a pill form. Very expensive for a big dog!! I think about $200. a month 8 years ago...and it really did not make a difference. Then the vet put him on prednisone.....cheap and it worked!!! He had to go pee often, and wanted to drink, drink, drink....and was SO hungry!! He was on prednisone for a few months...when we gradually weaned him down the amount and finally right off the prednisone. His problem never came back and he lived to almost 12 years of age.

I hope the prednisone helps Lola and that she will stay healthy.
 
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