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post #1 of 156 (permalink) Old 12-01-2008, 10:03 PM Thread Starter
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Something is Very Wrong with Starine

I can't believe I'm writing this since today is Starine's Gotcha Day and unofficial birthday making her 8 yo. It's her back legs, appears neurological....

The first sign that something was wrong came on Wednesday when she had problems jumping into the car. She had to pull her back legs up rather than jump in. I was concerned at first but then thought she either took a bad step or didn't have enough room to jump in the garage. Then on Thanksgiving she didn't want to play ball with the Chuck-it, something she normally goes crazy for.

By yesterday she was showing definate signs of weakness in her back legs. Not falling down, but having trouble navigating the tile and reluctant to use the stairs. Normally she follows me everywhere but has been staying downstairs instead. She is also lethargic and wants to be alone. No fever, is eating and pooping fine.

I have an appointment at my vet Weds. morning, but she is doing worse tonight. Her back legs seem weaker and she is crossing them as she walks. Her right leg appears to be the weaker of the two and she is not putting much weight on it. I am not finding any particular spot on her back or spine that is painful but she does appear to be in pain or at least discomfort.

DH and I are just sick about what this could be. I'm having thoughts of DM, Cauda Equina, etc. Lyme disease has crossed my mind and that would be a relief right now.

I'm not going to wait for my appointment on Weds. and don't even want to take the time at my local vet. My plan is to call the University of Wisconsin in the morning and see when I can get her into neurology. That way if she needs an MRI, they will be able to do it and I won't have wasted extra days going to my vet first.

This is like a bad dream right now. This is Starine, my heartdog, nothing can happen to her.

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Thinking the best and sending healthy vibes. Take care, you and Starine.

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Oh, no, I am so sorry!! I know how scary that is, I wish there is something I could say. Man, I hope you find something out, and it is not serious. I will keep you in my thoughts.
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Oh no Sandy!!!!!! Hoping it is nothing serious with our rescue queen agility diva, pretty Starine ......

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sounds to me like she through her back out... Hope it's just temporary and something a chiropractor might "fix"
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Sandy,
Hoping it's nothing as serious as you're probably thinking. I know with DM, it's a gradual weakness in the legs - it doesn't happen as fast as this. When Max hurt his back, he had the same symptoms. I know he had to be in pain, but he didn't show it. He was put on high doses of steriods for 3 days. After 24 hours, there was a huge difference and after the 3 days, he was actually pretty darned good. After that, he did drag his one foot, but he was always able to pull it back up. He was around 10 1/2 when it happened. He wore a boot and we still walked every day. He was nearly 12 before we lost him. There's lots they can do these days and I think your plan to go to U of W is a great idea. No sense in wasting any time and vet teaching hospitals are the best resource there is.

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Thinking the very best of thoughts for Starine!! {{hugs}}

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Also hoping it's "just" a back injury.

I think that is a great plan-they can do so much in diagnostics.

You can also take her in, I am betting, through the emergency service if they are like Cornell.

Hoping for a Good Gotcha WEEK-instead of celebrating today.





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I am so sorry, sending positive thoughts to Starine and you.
It could be a disk problem - you might want to read the thread of Jaxx.
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Good thoughts and prayers are on the way for you and Starine.

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