Hello-sorry, this is long, but I thought I'd put more details in to see if I could get a list going-we have a vet appointment at 4pm today.
I am referring to my 11.5 yo GSD Nina.
She's on thyroid pills, tramadol for arthritis, a very low dose of elavil, plus supplements like a senior vitamin from vetriscience, synovi g3, hyaluronic acid, stuff like that. I am going to up her DMG, and she was getting coconut oil but has had diarrhea (the 3 am in the bed kind) so I have cut that out for now. Plus she gets Invigor by Honest Kitchen.
She's been having the diarrhea issue on and off and I've been doing the whole routine (fast, bland) with that. She was on a short course of flagyl for that.
She has a history of these weird things happening-she has flareups of terribly deep pyoderma that is controlled by months of strong antiobiotics. (Baytril)
The last time she had this hind limb weakness/loss of use, she developed a monster sized abcess.
I had her in to the vet about a month ago, because as odd as it sounds, I start to sense when she is getting to a weird health issue coming on-but nothing was apparent at that point. In fact, she looked great in every way. But I had that feeling.
She was in last Wednesday and again, nothing apparent.
On Friday I called and asked if I could start her Baytril as she was having trouble going up and down the stairs. However, sometimes Nina forgets things and has a hard time getting her muscle, or any other kind of memory, back. She IS the product of a mother-son mistake litter but is the sweetest dog in the world and one I would do anything for because she asks for nothing. The stairs tend to be one of those things that give her problems-like they are new to her.
But this morning she couldn't get up out of her bed. She has an indoor kennel type thing, so I can go in and help her up. When I got her up, she collapsed. Hind end just folded. She looked like that Andrew Wyeth painting http://www.artlex.com/ArtLex/r/image...ristina.lg.jpg
I got her down the stairs (that Ruffwear harness-took it off poor Kramer and on her-a second one is coming tomorrow so they can both have one on) and she collapsed again, then got up and walked around the yard. She was able to do pee and poop which made me
I carried her up the stairs-didn't even want to make her try-and she's in her bed. Since starting the Baytril on Friday her appetite has improved. I thought she was doing better. Then this!
So-any thoughts (I am sure her vet will go to DM because of breed-but it seems odd) of what this could be? Or what type of specialist you would see about this? Would an ultrasound help? I am trying not to tie this with that last episode, but at the same time it seems very similar.
Thanks in advance for any ideas. Appt. is at 4pm est.