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Neurological disorder

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Karenljones2003, Oct 8, 2020.


  1. Karenljones2003

    Karenljones2003 PetForums Newbie

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    So I’ll try and keep this straight forward. Our chihuahua 7 years old very active suddenly on a walk stopped and wouldn’t move and since then wouldn’t walk upstairs or jump. His eye came up red too. Vet suggested it was a neurological disorder but without a 3 grand MRI couldn’t be sure. He’s been on steroids 2 weeks and a dose of antibiotics but with no a huge amount of improvement. Has anyone else had any experience of this? Why it comes on so suddenly? They said he had a temperature too. It just seems such a huge change in him from walking to almost disabled. He’s definitely worse in the morning. Does anyone have any suggestions or recommendations? Do neurological disorders come in like this? We have been given very little information. Thank you in advance.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    I can't see why a neurological disorder should be worse in the mornings. Has he had an ultrasound or X-ray? Blood work - are his red and white cell counts what they should be?
     
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    Could it be a prolapsed disc, though not sure why that would give him a temperature or a red eye. I would have expected the steroids to help a bit.
     
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    Not wanting to be alarmist, but did the vet rule out meningitis?

    Might be worth speaking to the vet again.

    What are the clinical signs of meningitis?

    Common clinical signs of meningitis include fever, generalized pain (which may be severe), and rigidity of the neck. Affected dogs are often lethargic and may refuse to eat.

    Although meningitis itself does not cause neurologic signs, it may occur in association with encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), in a condition called meningoencephalitis. Dogs with meningoencephalitis may show neurologic signs, including seizures, depression, paralysis, blindness, pacing, circling, and loss of consciousness.
     
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    Karenljones2003 PetForums Newbie

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    The vet told us there was no point in a blood test as it would only tell them if there was inflammation but not where? I thought it was a bit odd not to do any bloods. They didn’t offer ultrasound or x-ray. He doesn’t flinch or jump when touched anywhere but does seem lame in his back legs when trying to jump but that’s it.
     
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    Karenljones2003 PetForums Newbie

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    He’s been eating ok. Can lift and raise his neck. Seems to be his back legs if anything although they are fine to touch and manoeuvre but he holds back when he wants to jump up as that clearly is a struggle for him. But otherwise he’s playing tug and running albeit slower than usual. It’s very strange.
     
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    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    It tells more than that. Raised white count combined with low red count could indicate a tumour, as it did with my dog. I was trying not to be alarmist, but come at it sideways.
    If it's a back leg problem, it's worth looking at the ileopsoas muscle group issues which are difficult to pinpoint as they're deep inside the inner thigh and can account for dogs not wanting to jump, or running slower, but it would be highly unusual for it to affect both back legs - you'd get one trailing a bit. If it's both back legs, something more spinal would be more likely.
     
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    Where are you based? It might be worth getting a referral to a specialist
     
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