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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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A brief update on Lola's condition. She is down to 68 pounds (from 88#). She totally lost the use of her back legs and I was having to assist her with a sling under her belly. Her muscles have wasted away from taking the prednisone. The vet began treatment with Atopica (cyclosporine) last Monday, and for the first time in a week, Lola actually got up by herself and shakily walked around a few times! I was so happy, I cried. The Atopica is quite expensive, but at this point I would pay twice that to have my healthy, happy girl back. Per the vet, I will continue the prednisone for another week, then try to wean her off of it. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that she will continue to use her legs at least some every day.
 
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