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Puppy crying a lot when resting/trying to sleep (possible distemper)

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Amst, Jun 7, 2018.


  1. Amst

    Amst PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, about two months ago me and my family adopted a puppy that was hit by a car in front of my house. I can't tell his age for sure, but the vet estimated 2 months, so he must be around 4 months old by now. Despite the car accident, he only got damaged in his left hind leg, which is completely cured by now.

    However, about a week and a half ago he started to show muscle spasms in his front-right leg that never cease or diminish, even when he is sleeping, and exactly a week ago (wednesday) he started to cry and whine when he is not playing around or barking at the street, it always happens when he's resting or trying to sleep, but no signs when he's active.

    We took him to a vet that wednesday and he suspected canine distemper (there's been an epidemy around here these days), so we've been medicating him with ribavirin+vitA&C+DMSO, together with some antibiotics (he was diagnosed with low immunity), dipyrone and a muscle relaxant, as prescribed by the vet. He has a few pustules in his belly, I heard this could also indicate distemper, but it's worth to mention that he's always had them ever since we adopted him. The vet also did a distemper test with the dog's saliva and it resulted negative, but he told us that false-negatives are very common for this disease.

    The vet warned us that even with the medications his survival chances are far from great and that his condition could (and probably would) worsen, so we've been already expecting that, but his condition right now is really, really odd. His spasms haven't changed at all and it still affects only his front-right leg, same intensity. My father said that with certain positions the spasms cease, but I've not presenced it yet. He can still walk/run and play around with ease, biting a lot whe playing as he ever did. He has no diarrhea, no vomiting, no rough noise or paws or any other symptoms of distemper, eats a lot (until he can barely walk if we allow it) but he's been crying and whining A LOT when resting, and he keeps moving around when doing so, it's like he can't get quiet, this has been increasing everyday (the vet had already told us that this is not a pain caused but a neural condition instead).

    I've never seen or heard about any case of a dog with distemper that shows these symptoms. We called the vet today and he prescribed phenobarbital, the first dose didn't make any difference yet so we'll keep doing it. We've been suspecting that he might have some mental illness but I can't find enough information about it. Has anyone ever seen a case like these? Is this all really a sign of distemper? I've been researching but I really can't find anything related to it, any kind of information would come in hand! Thank you!
     
  2. Jamesgoeswalkies

    Jamesgoeswalkies PetForums VIP

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    If your vet has prescribed Phenobarbital then he is now treating the spasms as possible epilepsy. The distemper 'diagnoses' was made really on the muscle spasms alone and the fact that there have been cases in your area. So I think the vet is simply covering all bases and in a way you are playing 'wait and see' which is hard.

    It may be in fact that he took a bump to the head when hit by the car and given his age he would have been very vulnerable to this kind of injury.

    I have no personal knowledge of Canine Distemper although it was always a fear when i was a kid but due to vaccinations now it's pretty much a thing of the past for most dogs.

    I hope your pup is ok.

    J
     
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  3. mollypip

    mollypip PetForums Senior

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    It's possible it's caused by some injury related to your pups accident, some type of injury thats now getting worse, the pain could be radiating from his neck or shoulder, or a type of nerve pain or damage causing the spasms.

    I witnessed our 2 family dogs battle distemper about 25 years ago and I remember it vividly. Symptoms started with the dogs being really quite ill, high temperature and coughing, not eating, progressing to seizures with foam coming out of their mouths, one dog survived one didn't, it was quite horrible. So it sounds nothing like how distemper presents itself.
     
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    I lost a dog to distemper. A rescue who was already infected when I adopted him.

    The first symptoms are usually coughing, a discharge from the nose and eyes, high temperature and complete loss of appetite.

    Your pup doesn't sound typical.
     
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  5. mrs phas

    mrs phas my home, my sofa, my rules

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    could it be 'growing pains' due to over stimulation and exercise? you dont say how big the dog is expected to grow at adulthood, but i do know that cocker size and above can get these so called growing pains due to the growth plates hurting
     
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    Amst PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you everyone for your replies, I appreciate it a lot! I think the way I wrote the first paragraph is leading to a wrong conclusion, I apologize for that. The dog wasn't struck by a car in movement, he was standing beneath a parked car when it started moving, so there was no big impact. We don't know how exactly that happened cause none of us presenced it, but the same day we took him to the vet, who did an ultrasound and a physical examination to conclude that the only problem he had was intestinal gas and a damaged knee in his back leg, my mother corrected me that it was the back-right leg, not left as I wrote before.

    I did not mention but he did have diarrhea before, but it was really quick, lasted 2 days at most. He had intestinal worms, so we assumed that was the cause. Eyes discharge have been constant though (I think it's called "sleep" in english), more than usual to other dogs.

    Today he started to show muscle spasms in his back-left leg aswell, not with the same intensity and frequency as the front-right, but it's still a sign that whatever he has is progressing. Temperature's still normal, appetite is as big as ever and no coughing so far. We didn't vaccinate him yet but the vet said he still wouldn't have got the final dose and would still contract distemper. We can't vaccinate now due to the possibility of him being infected.

    About his size, we don't know how big he's going to be (it's a mixed race/mutt), but due to his paws I assume he will be around the same height of a cocker. We don't know about growing pain, I'll research about it, thanks for the info.
     
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