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Old 12-06-2006, 06:09 PM
akaris akaris is offline
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Good Afternoon,

My Friend owns a Chocolate Lab who is only 2 years old.
They adopted her back in September from the Grundy County Animal Shelter.
She was in perfect health until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
They brought her to our vet for she was not eating or drinking and was having a problem with her back legs.
They ran blood work and everything came back normal.
On the Friday after Thanksgiving they took her back to the vet for she was still stumbling with her back legs.
They ran complete x-rays of her back area and spine. There were no abnormalities from what could be seen on the x-ray.
They gave her an injection of Flunixin and also prescribed Deramaxx, thinking that if it was just a pulled muscle this medicine should correct.
On 12/1/06 a week later we were back at the vet for now she has lost total control of her back legs. She can not stand or walk with them at all. She just drags them behind her.
The vet ran another lab test to check for "Addison disease" and gave her an injection of Prednisolone and prescribed Prednisone pills.
Lab work came back inconclusive(at the low end) for Addison disease. So the vet also prescribed Chloramphenical tablets which is suppose to help in the case of spinal infections.

Thier vet is now saying that the next option would be to go to a specialist who would have to perform an MRI or Spinal Tab to determine what is causing her paralysis.

They love her dearly and do not want her to suffer, which right now it does not seem like she is.

I should also let you know that last night is the first time she was having trouble breathing. She was constantly panting for about 2.5 hrs before finally falling to sleep!

The vet did not do a lyme disease test because he says she didn't have a fever so it wouldn't be that. Plus they live in IL so lyme disease in not prevelant. This post is actually for a friend that is at his wits end and doesn't know what to do. As soon as I get the info on the exact test that were done I will let you know. I kno
We appreciate any advice you can provide
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:31 PM
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Go to the specialist as soon as it is possible to get an appointment.

And insist on a check for lyme disease. It is far more prevalent than anyone wants to believe . . .
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:37 PM
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I agree with Renee. They should definitely get any test done and check with a specialist.
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Old 12-06-2006, 06:41 PM
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I'm really sorry to hear that. It's a hard thing to deal with.

Although, I am glad to hear the owners are willing to find out what's wrong, rather than dumping the dog, or having it PTS. Yay for you!

I'd see the specialists.
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:11 PM
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I also agree with Renee, get to a specialist,,I'd run not only a Lyme, but one for the other tick borne diseases as well, and in fact, even if it comes back negative, and a specialist can find "nothing" else, I'd treat as a Tick disease.

Many times, (and been there done that) vets can't read an xray, that same xray taken to a specialist say in ortho specialist, they can see things on the same xray the vet didn't pick up..

I hope your friends can find an answer soon,
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Old 12-06-2006, 07:12 PM
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Please keep us up to date .... this is so sad ! Poor baby !
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