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Old 07-28-2008, 07:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, I took Boo to the vet today. They did xrays and blood work and said everything looked fine. The vet gave me 50mg Tramadol to give him 4 pills twice a day along with 100mg Deramaxx once a day.
Boo still has no use of his hind legs at all. The vet seems to think that this pain medicine is going to help him get better in a few days. But like I told the vet, Boo doesn't seem to be in any pain at all. I don't think he can even feel his hind legs. Although touching his back feet he will move his legs a bit so the vet said he is not paralyzed.
Also he has not went to the bathroom in 2 days now. I asked the vet if he drained his urine for him while he was knocked out and he said he didn't. I told him I was really concerned about Boo not going to the bathroom but the vet said that when he needs to go he will go.
So anyway that was $487 and Boo is no better then before. I guess my next option is to either wait a few days and see if he gets better and uses the bathroom or get him to another vet. But I can't mess around with local vets anymore. I have to get him somewhere where they will help him which is in Columbus. Unfortunatley that is 2 hours from me. So I will have to find a way to get him there.
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Old 07-28-2008, 07:28 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hmmm, I'm personally not satisfied about your vet's assessment of Boo. As several other people have said it could be a pinched nerve or other type of nerve damage or a disc problem. The fact that he's not going to the bathroom is very worrisome and you certainly should have been shown how to express his bladder. It sounds like his brain isn't getting the signal that he needs to go but then again, if that were the case wouldn't he just be going whenever?

Is there someone else who could drive him for you? Which city are you in--maybe we can help find a specialist closer to you?
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Old 07-28-2008, 09:17 PM   #13 (permalink)
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ack. what did they xray? did the vet rule out spinal compression?

this sounds so similar to my Harper. she had spinal compression. the doctor said that if we were going to try surgery to reverse it it had to be done within 24-48 hours.

is this your regular vet?
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:47 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Yes this is his regular vet. They xray'd his spine and his hips. He said his spine looked ok, and he didn't see anything wrong although he said he cannot do an MRI and he told me no one around here can. Thats why he needs to go to Columbus. He showed me his hip displaysia on the xrays. But Boo has had hip displaysia since he was 1 year old.
I am more and more concerned about him not going to the bathroom. I made a harness that I use to lift his back end and I take him into the yard to go but he just wont go. I don't know how to express his bladder or bowels. I wish I could at least do that for him though. And tonight he is not eating. This is the first time ever that he has not had an appetite. I even put canned pumpkin in his bowl.
I called the emergency vet in Columbus and they said I could bring him in anytime since they are open 24 hours. I have a friend coming over Wednesday to help me take care of Boo. So he will at least have someone here 24/7. And she said she might be able to get him to Columbus for me.
Thanks for all the replies. I will keep you posted on how things go.
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:35 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Sounds like you are doing all you can for your boy to keep him comfortable. It is so scary when they can't move and all we want to do is make them comfortable and happy.

My thoughts are with you and Boo.
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I really feel bad for you and your dog I just can't imagine that your vet thinks it's ok that he hasn't urinated in two days. they can show you how to manually express his bladder.

http://vetmedicine.about.com/od/dise...temergency.htm

I was just thinking maybe he can't go for some reason, could he have a problem with his urinary tract? I would call another animal hospital and just tell them what is going on, to me this would be an emergency.

Is there a mobile veterinarian service that you can call so they can come to your house maybe?

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At this point I think it's very dangerous that he's not going to the bathroom and this is certainly why he's not eating. His system is probably all stopped up. Can you call around locally to find a vet who will express his bladder/bowels? I think this needs to be done immediately!
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Originally Posted By: BowWowMeowAt this point I think it's very dangerous that he's not going to the bathroom and this is certainly why he's not eating. His system is probably all stopped up. Can you call around locally to find a vet who will express his bladder/bowels? I think this needs to be done immediately!
I agree, especially since he hasn't urinated in two or three days.

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Let us know how it goes. I know your situation is different. I am hoping that you can find someone to get him where he needs to be. I would just do what you were doing, calling around until you found a vet that was responsive. Good luck.
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Old 07-29-2008, 02:42 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Today boo was able to poop and pee. He pee'd alot too. He didn't poop much but at least there was some that came out. So that is a relief (for him and me!). My friend will be here tomorrow to help me take care of him. So the next step is getting him to Columbus so he can get an MRI done.
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