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Hey everyone. As you know we recently rescued our 2 year old shepherd Ellie. Well we have hit some bumps in the road and it isn't looking too good. Ellie ran into something on Sunday and really hurt her neck bad. We took her to the emergency clinic on Sunday because she was having labored breathing. They said there was nothing out of place or broken or disconnected and that she should just take the prescribed medicine and be limited to the cage with potty breaks. Yesterday she seemed okay minus eating which is normal with a dog in pain. She had very few liquids but seemed to be better. This morning not so much. She wouldn't eat or drink water and would barely move besides to go outside to the bathroom. That is when we noticed that her neck was extremely swollen and that you could feel what I think is her lymph nodes. Well off to the emergency vet my husband went. From there they said that she does have a bit of a fever and that she is definitely swollen but there is nothing they could do because she could use an MRI and they don't do that there. He said he wanted to keep her overnight to monitor her and her pain and to do some blood work so there she stayed overnight. The MRI alone is more than what I make a month and the vet bills are racking up.. but none of that matters to me. I am so lost sitting here at work thinking that there might be a real problem not just some bruised muscle and that my girl is in pain and that this might take a turn for the worse if it hasn't already. I am hoping and praying that she pulls through because man its only been three weeks but she's grown on me she's part of the pack and she is a great dog. :(:confused::(
 

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Our hearts are with you.

If its treatable, we pray for your Ellie to pull through.

But you never know - if it isn't, you're going to have make some tough decisions for her welfare, which is paramount.

She is a great dog and in the meantime, our best wishes for her recovery!
 

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Keep us posted. I hope they can figure her out and get her back to her normal self soon.

Did they give you a set of options on the direction of her care?
 

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May I ask what she ran into on Sumday?
 

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May I ask what she ran into on Sumday?
We are not quite sure, I let the dogs out to greet my husband because the puppy does the happy piddle and he came inside to change and then went to bring them in and that's what the problem started. The vet said he thinks she collided with the puppy and "jammed" her neck.

Keep us posted. I hope they can figure her out and get her back to her normal self soon.

Did they give you a set of options on the direction of her care?
The did not give us many, they just said she needs a specialist and that they wanted to monitor her.

Our hearts are with you.

She is a great dog and in the meantime, our best wishes for her recovery!
Thank you very much
 

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If the xray is clear, I wonder if a vet chiropractor could help her?
The swelling of her neck is ginormous, the x-ray just ruled out anything broken. She is in a ton of pain not eating or drinking so I don't know if a vet chiropractor could help if it isn't anything broken.
 

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What pain meds is she on? My oldest dog ran into my female GSD, she was kinda stiff and in some pain, I had her on pain meds for three days before I noticed improvement, but I don't know if she was swollen. She has lots of fur and I never thought to check that.
 

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What pain meds is she on? My oldest dog ran into my female GSD, she was kinda stiff and in some pain, I had her on pain meds for three days before I noticed improvement, but I don't know if she was swollen. She has lots of fur and I never thought to check that.
She is on tramadol
 

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she is also on Carprofen 100 mg for anti inflammatory but she can't take it without food and she hasn't been eating.
 

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Yikes! Is she capable of swallowing even water? That looks really swollen!
she was eating yesterday but with some pain, I winded up throwing her food in the blender and then adding water to make it a paste.. yesterday she was drinking water. Today not so much.
 

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I don't know. It seems like something is really not right with that much swelling. How's her breathing? Maybe its just a major blunt force trauma to all the soft tissues in the neck but its SO swollen! Are her gums normal color?
 

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I don't know. It seems like something is really not right with that much swelling. How's her breathing? Maybe its just a major blunt force trauma to all the soft tissues in the neck but its SO swollen! Are her gums normal color?
Sunday her breathing was labored and that's what made us take her in for the most part. The vet said it is just because she probably hit her windpipe. Her gums are naturally darker pigmented so from what I've heard (and talk to the vet) they were normal. Here as some pictures. Hopefully you are able to view them.
 

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I understand the dark pigment. I'm wondering if she has any internal bleeding, that's why I asked about the color of her gums. I know you mentioned the labored breathing which caused you to go to the vet's in the first place . . . but is it still the same or worse?

But look, I'm just a pet owner - not a medical person. Has a vet had eyes on how large the swelling in her neck has gotten?
 

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I know you mentioned the labored breathing which caused you to go to the vet's in the first place . . . but is it still the same or worse?

But look, I'm just a pet owner - not a medical person. Has a vet had eyes on how large the swelling in her neck has gotten?
I asked about the bleeding the first time, he said it was unlikely. Her breathing was better between yesterday and today. She is currently at the emergency clinic now so they can monitor her.
 
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