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04-15-2014 10:22 PM
SunCzarina This doesn't sound like DM to me, it sounds like an injury. I hope you had good luck with the new vets office!
04-12-2014 02:57 PM
asja Also you might consider a tick test to rule out tick diseases. My dog Boris was diagnosed with DM, but long story short, he had a very bad infection of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, treatable with doxycycline. There could be other more simple causes also. Maybe she would benefit from a joint supplement like Dasuquin.
04-12-2014 02:55 PM
shaner
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GOOD decision. As somebody else said, DM is a diagnosis of exclusion. Just curious, who diagnosed the cardiac and eye disease? Same vet?

Wishing you really good luck with the different vets, your great love for your girl comes thru in your words.
A different vet diagnosed the cardiac issue. An irregular heartbeat was heard when doing a physical exam before getting her fixed, so they didn't do the surgery and instead referred me to a cardiologist, who then made the further diagnosis that it's a benign issue (although I'll always be nervous that one day she'll just drop dead from it). I saw the CT scan and echo scan myself, her heart isn't the shape of a typical heart.

Pannus was diagnosed by my current vet, but again, I saw a specialist who also confirmed it. She definitely has pannus
04-12-2014 02:44 PM
katieliz GOOD decision. As somebody else said, DM is a diagnosis of exclusion. Just curious, who diagnosed the cardiac and eye disease? Same vet?

Wishing you really good luck with the different vets, your great love for your girl comes thru in your words.
04-12-2014 02:24 PM
jocoyn I go to a group that has multiple vets and is up on the latest stuff. Sometimes we clash heads on things (like food, neutering, some shots) but I feel they are very competent ........Glad you are considering a 2nd opinion.
04-12-2014 02:20 PM
shaner I spoke to a technician at one of the larger vets in my area. They have 5 different doctors that work there, including one senior head doctor. They seem much more informed than my current vet. The head vet wasn't in today, but he's going to call me on Monday and I'm basically going to interview him to make sure he knows at least as much as I do in regards to DM. As long as I'm satisfied with what I hear, I'm going to take Cedar there for them to look at her.

In the meantime I've ordered the test from offa.org.
04-12-2014 12:47 PM
shaner
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Originally Posted by SuperG View Post
Time for a new vet.....he's full of crap.


SuperG
I agree, the only problem I have is I don't know of any good vets. It's so hard to find a competent vet and it's often impossible to tell if their competent until you've already paid a small fortune.
04-12-2014 12:38 PM
jocoyn We had not heard of DM when Linus (who we now think may have had it; the only diagnosis for sure is after death) started dragging his hind legs as he got older. It was subtle and he eventually (over a 2 year period) lost bowel and bladder control and could not stand on his own.

It started with a scraping sound as we went for a walk and his rear toes were wearing funny and he was scraping the hair off the top of them.........I think it started around 13 years of age and slowly progressed until by 15, we were having to support him with a towel. It was time to let him go but he died naturally. This was a good while back. Linus was born in 1985
04-12-2014 12:30 PM
Chip18
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Time for a new vet.....he's full of crap.


SuperG
I tend to agree.
04-12-2014 12:29 PM
wolfstraum DM is a degenerative disease which causes progressive neurological deficits.

Onset is generally subtle, and most people don't notice until it the dog is having more difficulty. The foot test is a neurological test used in both dogs and horses to see responsiveness to nerve awareness.

I would go to someone else....it may be something like a partial ACL or bruising of soft tissue that is causing difficulty after rest....certainly if it persists or gets worse, x-rays are in order...also the DM test is relatively inexpensive, quick and is only a cheek swab. If she is not 'at risk' - it is still possible, but unlikely, to be DM

Good luck!

Lee
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