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 Hi everyone, My greyhound Poppy has been ill with AI for almost 17months now  ,she presented with all the symptoms of SRMA at first, this was over the Christmas period so the labs were closed and my vet was limited to what tests he could do , luckily he thought it was an AI and the meninges were affected  she was given Loxicom to try to bring her temperature down ,antibiotics  and steroids ,she started to improve then suddenly  developed a stilted gait and was in a lot of pain . the symptoms of SRMA had gone but the vet was concerned as her inflammatory markers were high  and her white blood cell count was raised . He referred her to a veterinary specialist centre  where after multiple tests,scans and joint tapping she was diagnosed with IMPA . They recommended steroids as the main treatment  and my vet was seeing her on a regular basis to monitor her . she seemed to relapse when we got down to 15mg of prednisolone  with the return of the stilted gait , but what we have recently been told is that it was probably  an adverse effect of the steroids causing muscle weakness, after a long discussion with my vet it was decided 2 weeks ago to gradually reduce the steroids, she has had an xray of her legs and sp;ine  and nothing showed up she has been on a reduced dose of  one and a half prednisolone for 2 weeks and i am due to reduce it to one tablet a day for 2 weeks as from today. The problem she has now is that her back legs are still weak when she gets up from resting she either limps on one back leg or holds it up   but she is still keen to walk  so every hour i put her lead on and walk her around the garden a few times  and she is fine ,still a bit wobbly . My question is ,we are due to see the vet next Wednesday , do i carry on with what i am doing  or get an earlier appt . She is very well in all aspects apart from  her back legs ,she has a good appetite, is toileting normally and is bright and alert in herself. She has lost her muscle mass  and i'm thinking it  will take time to build this up slowly again . My vet does have a hydrotherapy treadmill  would she benefit from this ??? So many questions, Sorry !!! Yvie

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