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My poor boy

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by reddogs, Jul 9, 2009.


  1. reddogs

    reddogs PetForums Senior

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    I have a gorgeous 10mth old dog and we are having a bit of a bad time at the moment

    A couple of weeks ago we had him X-rayed as we thought he had hurt himself - no he had the bad luck to have bi-lateral hip displaysia. OK we can deal with that and started at Hydrotherapy

    now the poor lad is walking like he has had several drinks too many. The vet suspected an ear infection so we got anti-b's which should have helped. Sadly not much improvement, in fact none really after 4 days and we went back today for a full blood screen to see if he has picked up something, to cap it all we have treated him for lungworm incase that has caused a bleed - better safe than sorry. Hopefully the bloods will come back and give us an answer, if they are all negative i.e. nothing found then we are off to have a MRI, when the neurologist comes back from his hols.

    Please everyone keep your fingers crossed that he just has an infection that can be sorted and not something much more ghastly.
     
  2. Badger's Mum

    Badger's Mum PetForums VIP

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    poor little man i've got everything crossed
     
  3. Classyellie

    Classyellie PetForums VIP

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    Awww poor little boy

    All fingers & paws crossed here for him
     
  4. borderer

    borderer Guest

    was he not health tested:eek:
     
  5. mindymoo

    mindymoo PetForums Member

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    Oh poor wee mite I hope he gets better xxx
     
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    noushka05 Unicorn denier. Snowflake. Activist ;)

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    oh im so sorry, ive got everything crossed he will be ok xx
     
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    Oh the poor thing, hope he's better soon x
     
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    aww poor lad, hope he gets on the road of recovery soon.x
     
  9. Kinski

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    Poor wee soul, loads of hope it's just an ear infection thoughts being sent to him.

    Terri
     
  10. tiddlypup

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    this isnt a sure fire guarentee that things wont go wrong

    hope everything goes well for your little guy,sending healing thoughts xxx
     
  11. DevilDogz

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    No but you have an idea what to expect!! and of course if there is a problem you wouldnt bred from it, so in effect you are minimizing the chances of anything be passed on to any off spring! ;)





    Keeping everything crossed for you and your lad!! :)
     
  12. sarahberra

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    I am so sorry. I hope your dog gets better soon.
     
  13. reddogs

    reddogs PetForums Senior

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    We have had the boy since he was 14 weeks old so what health tests are you talking about? He wouldn't have had any! and in actual fact his hips would not normally be done until he is at least a year old by which time it would have been even later to start trying to help him with them.

    His parents have had all the breed relevant tests and the hips have bounced out of parents that scored 7 and 8, the worst in his 5 generation pedigree was a 16 which was breed average at the time - the nearest bad hips go back to his great great grandparents siblings (and they were less than the average for a clumber)! That is why hip displaysia is such a problem for breeders - needless to say his breeder is devastated.

    The other problem has come out of nowhere and is hopefully a viral infection that is going to take some sorting out, the first test have come back for normal liver/kidney etc function and show nothing abnormal so far. This is the one that is far more worrying as although he doesnot appear to be in pain he is confused as to why he can't walk properly in a straight line.
     
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  14. Jess2308

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    Sorry to hear this :(
     
  15. reddogs

    reddogs PetForums Senior

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    Well having had one of the less good days we are finally home from the referral vetinary hospital.

    He has had an MRI and nothing has shown up, so good in that respect
    All the bloods indicate nothing wrong
    CSF Tap - results awaited

    Suspected vestibular syndrome but not all the symptoms - no eye flicking and slow onset

    Has anyone any experience of this in a young dog?
     
  16. MadeleineI

    MadeleineI PetForums Newbie

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    I'm a suspicious cuss, and in one so young, look for the obvious causes. The prominent ones that spring to mind is the diet and any adverse reaction to a vaccine. Commercial pet food is the cause of many health problems, as there are no laws in most countries, to provide any standards. Try switching him to a raw meat and bones diet. Holistic vets around the world are finding that just doing that, can make chronic disease melt away.
     
  17. astro

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    So sorry that your boy was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia.

    Was his entire spine x-rayed, or just his lower end?
    I was just thinking that if there is nerve damage somewhere along his spine due to the dysplasia, it could explain the loss of balance.
     
  18. reddogs

    reddogs PetForums Senior

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    Vaccinations did go through my mind but they were before Christmas and these symptoms are only from the last few weeks.

    His diet is good (apart from the eating of what he finds on the floor) and whilst not RAW he is on Burns with Naturediet together with home made treats and the odd chicken wing/lamb bone.



    again gone through my mind and I forgot to mention it to the specialist yesterday, (he did in fact have X-rays of most of his spine since we asked them to check that all the things that have gone in his mouth had gone out again when they did the one for his hips) but he had been absolutely fine until after two weeks of hydrotherapy for the hips - may try and ask him tho' on Monday but the tilt of the head and the fact that he loses his balance seems to be more an ear thing., The specialist did do the tests to see if there were any neuro things and he knows where his feet are, they don't drag and can hop etc


    So I am open to suggestions for what people think and what they have done for their dogs that have a similar condition especially in such a young dog
     
  19. reddogs

    reddogs PetForums Senior

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    Bumpty bump does has no one experienced this?

    It is horrible and our poor boy is confused as to why he can't stand up and walk in a straight line :confused:

    now on prednisolone to see if that helps with the symptoms
     
  20. Nonnie

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    Have you considered having an MRI done?
     
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