Cleo Needs the Power of the Paw
The last couple of weeks Cleo was going through what we thought some tummy troubles. She got some meds, soft dog food (super bland prescription stuff). Appeared to be on the up swing of things but still wasn't eating the best after she completed all her meds.
Then today she would not eat her breakfast at all. At lunch she was on the bed sleeping and then finally came out. I noticed that when she went to lay down in the kitchen she looked very uncomfortable and just slid into her back legs on the floor to lay down. I felt her tummy and it was very hard, I am immediately thinking bloat. I call the vet and tell him that what her symptoms are and that I am bringing her in to be looked at while I was at work. I didn't want to wait until after work to take her. I told them that as soon as she got done potty outside I would bring her in. But then I noticed that she was having trouble with her back legs as she walked down the ramp out to the yard. I told them this as well and they said bring her right in. If you remember right she had something similar happen at the waddle last year, but they found nothing wrong with her.
Well the vet finally called around 3:30pm to let me know that he didn't think that it was not bloat (thank goodness), and he does not believe she has a tummy issue (thank goodness). He found that while placing her rear foot behind her she would take about 15 seconds before she could bring it back the right way to support herself. He found, she was very tender in the shoulder, and back area. So he did additional x-rays of her neck, back after her x-ray of her tummy. In look at her neck x-ray he found that her second vertebrae is out of alignment about 1/8 of an inch or so. This is putting pressure on her spine which is pressuring nerves that are suppose to send the information from her brain to her back legs. He gave her a shot of super juice to help her pain and hopefully take away the pressure on her spine. So he said I could bring her home and we would see what the extra blood work said in the morning and we would possible see about getting her into a Chiropractor Vet that is near buy to get her spine back in alignment.
Cleo came out all happy, dancing around and very excited to be going home. We went to the car and I picked her up and loaded her in the BUV. We headed down the road and when I came to a stop light that had just turned red, I turned around to check on her. I noticed that she was all hunched over and her right root was all turned under and she could not stand on it or walk. I immediately turned the BUV around and headed back to the vet. We went in and he looked at her and he was totally shocked at how quickly this had moved to her left leg as well, she was showing signs of her right leg having delayed responses as well. I immediately told the vet that I was not taking her home for fear that she could move and paralyze herself. He agreed that things were progressing more quickly and if she would have had these signs when we talked on the phone, he would not have allowed me to take her home.
I made the decision to leave her for the night so they could run the super juice through an IV in hope to relieve the pressure on her spine quicker. We will know more in the morning on how things are looking.
Please say an extra prayer and keep your paws crossed for her to have her pain managed and to be able to come home to us soon.
Cleo, Winton, Amiee
HoundDogMom and HoundDogDad