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Old 03-14-2014, 09:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My female Sasha is 16 months old and began displaying an almost arthritic condition yesterday. She was almost unable to stand and was reluctant to try. When coaxed she did and her back legs were shaking and showed signs of weakness. She quickly returned to a lying position. When my wife returned she did not even stand to greet, normally we can barely keep any part of her on the ground from her excitement. Took her to the vet who administered anesthesia and x-rayed her hips. Hips look excellent which is a relief. Lyme disease tests came back negative. Neurologically she appears fine. No fever. Basically the vet says she's fine and prescribed some anti-inflammatory pills and sent us home.
Today she has a reduced appetite and can't easily get upstairs. She is clearly not herself. Thanks for any ideas.
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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When did she have her last inoculation?
Not sure this could happen in such a young dog but did vet mention possible DM (degenerative myelopathy)?
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Old 03-14-2014, 10:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Just a thought from previous experience, I might be suspicious of her back. Bulging disc, etc. It can happen suddenly and be hard to diagnose, sometimes requiring an MRI. I hope it's not a disc, but I would want to rule that out.

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She had her latest round of shots about a month ago. I have researched DM and from what I read doesn't surface this early. She is not exhibiting any signs that this is painful in your experience with disc issues is it painful for the dog to move or are they just lame?
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DM usually occurs in older dogs, and the symptoms show up very slowly, with no pain involved. Hoping you can find out quickly what is wrong, best wishes, Bob
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I certainly don't want to scare you about disc problems, it's just something I would want to rule out. Her symptoms could be from a number of different things. I guess I would monitor on a day to day basis as long as she doesn't seem physically worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs can cause stomach upset and reduced appetite. Hopefully it's just a strain. I think you can rule out DM at her age. Keep us posted.
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Have you considered Chiropractics and Acupuncture to help her?
If you are interested in trying this I can give you a list of registered Chiro/Acupuncture vets in your state. It may be very helpful for her situation.

My dogs are now 5 & 7 years old and have received Chiropractic treatment every 4 to 8 weeks since we got them at 8 weeks old to keep them in shape! They receive Acupuncture when needed if an issue arises.

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Old 03-15-2014, 03:33 PM   #8 (permalink)
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what tick testing did the vet do? I would want a complete tick panel done and sent out, not in house..
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A slipped or bulging disk could cause these signs.

Probably other stuff too, though.
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Update on Sasha:
Friday morning she was still exhibiting back leg related lameness and I called the vet. While waiting for a couple hours for a return call Sasha's behavior improved significantly and when the vet called she was acting almost normal. Today has been even better and I would assume she isn't in any discomfort by her movement and behavior.

A follow up on the ticks. She had Ehrlichia in December and was treated with Doxycycline for 30 days. Her symptoms at the time was loss of appetite and general fatigue. Once medicated she improved quickly. She still tested positive for Ehrlichia however the vet believes the antibodies are still in her system.

Thanks for your collective brain power I'll keep the post updated with any news or continued problems or tests.

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