Gryffenne Posted February 9, 2012 Share Posted February 9, 2012 (edited) Warning, this is going to be long. Backstory leading up to vet visit: This past summer, Sammi got pretty sick, we never actually ever figured out what from-assumed diet/food, but the new vet at the clinic, a grey savy one out of Ohio, did Acupuncture and aqua-puncture on her. One spot specifically that he noticed was causing problems was along her spine, above her kidneys. This is also when she started on TOTW Salmon and went grain free. It cleared up her tummy, her itching and everything else. So she stayed on it mostly. We've tried introducing her back onto what everyone else eats after allergy season was over, and each time she got to the 60/40 blend of the 2 foods, the itching started. So she is staying grain free until I can get a chest freezer and put her back on Raw. So, last week, Sammi started having issues. I posted this on Feb 1 in another thread: Sammi also has started panting. yesterday was unseasonably warm, and she felt hot, so I cooled the house off for her, since I was overheating until I changed into a tee shirt & scrub pants from my fleece. Drinking lots of water, too. Her stools were normal, so were her pee breaks. No straining either time. No attempts to vomit. She ate b'fast and lunch fine, turned her nose up at dinner. THAT is very strange for her, as she is extremely food motivated. She ate a piece of cheese I handed her tho, so thought maybe she just doesn't like that dog food, or if she was feeling under the weather, didn't feel like eating. No pacing. Well, unless you consider getting up from one sleeping spot and going to get a drink of water then coming over to me to pant on me while I pet her and then laying back down again to be pacing,, that is her normal "in between napping spots" routine. Bedtime came with her accepting her bedtime biscuit less than enthusiastically, but still plopped down on her bed in my room with it like every night. This morning, ate half of her b'fast, normal potty break of 1 & 2, and started up her panting again. House is NOT hot, I am chilled in my tee shirt. No GSODS, tensing, pulling away or any signs of pain/discomfort when I felt her abdomen and tuck area. Her abdomen feels a bit firm, so heading out to grab some Gas-X for her. Her only signs of issues are: slightly firm tummy, not rock hard. On and off panting. Slightly above normal water consumption. Slightly off on her food. Warm between her front legs/armpits areas. Now, as an added question, I know that dogs can catch some Upper Resp bugs from us, can the catch other ones? We had a nasty stomach bug go through this house in the past 2 weeks. When i had it, i had body aches, stomach/lower abdomen pain (like PMDD cramps, but just above where those normally radiate from) excessive thirst, slight fever, no appetite. I only had the human D for 1 day of it. Basically everything that all of us that got the bug had, she's displaying. Well, I gave her the Gas-X and her panting slowed a bit, but still present on and off. The next day, tho... Since I hadn't slept well in ... well, a while, due to me being sick, then my son, then worrying about Sammi. To top it off, my joints have been killing me since I was sick. So I decided to take advantage of a kid free house and indulge in a nap with Sammi. Woke up an hour later when she hopped off the bed and screamed her head off I jumped off the bed and landed on my knees next to her-forgetting about my pain for the time being, will deal with my ticked off knees later. She was holding up her back leg -the one that was broken 6 yrs ago that ended her career and started her retirement- and whimpering. I check her nails, thinking that they might have gotten caught in my afghan. All nails intact. Checked joints/mobility. Normal range of motion. Felt up by her hips and down her thigh, massaging as I go feeling for any strain/pain/anything to clue me into what on Earth just happened. Well, after a few minutes of this, she let me put her foot down on the floor, but she is holding it pretty limp. In fact, her foot touched the ground and the toes/foot curled under. She stood like that for a couple seconds and then corrected her foot and put full weight on it. I wondered if maybe her leg fell asleep on her. Nap's over, we continue on with our day. That evening, as she hopped off of the couch, the same thing occurred. The panting has also been happening on and off this day, so now I am concerned that it isn't heat or gas, it's pain causing her panting. I check the house and NO baby aspirin is left anywhere. All we have are meds that contain Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen and whatever the Norco's are comprised of. I run to the store and grab canine med/large breed Aspirin (link below shows brand and strength), see that her preferred recipe of TOTW is in, she wasn't really enthusiastic about the one she was eating because they were out of her Salmon, and also a stronger Gluco/Chon blend made for senior dogs, since she was lvl2, I upgraded her to lvl 3: This stuff is 300mg?! I don't handle aspirin very well, so I am unfamiliar with doses of it, since I do not take it and neither does my son. I admit to being guilty of assuming it was okay for dogs at that strength because it was made for dogs and going by the weight guide, meaning she took 2 of them. I already feel guilty enough over that disaster, I only included it, and the link, so others don't make that same mistake. AS it is, the vet told me today that because of the aspirin, he isn't concerned much about Thrombus now. The next morning (Friday) she took another dose of 2 pills. No panting all day, no issues apparent with her leg. (tho, later I discovered that I was lucky she didn't just fall over from all the aspirin.)Her appetite is back in full bloom, she is happy, content and being herself. That night, I happened to catch a Bayer commercial on TV and caught the dosage amount... and then I freaked out. :eek Ran to the kitchen and checked the canine aspirin, praying that it said 30mg, not 300. Call the vet. He almost falls out of his chair when he heard she was getting 600mg. Says no more aspirin until Saturday evening, and then, no more than 1/2 of a pill and if needed. Also, as much water as she wants to drink, she can have. (Which she gets access to 24/7 anyways) We're to call him back Monday morning with an update. Weekend passes uneventfully, yes she was panting Sat night, so half a pill was hers with dinner, and each consecutive dinner until last night. We called Monday and he felt that it wasn't urgent, so arranges a vet appointment for today. Still with me? okay, now that the backstory is done, here is what was discovered today: I have been worried sick, now for almost a week. As I am sure you can guess what word was running through my head the past week, as it was probably running through most of your minds while reading this far. In fact, after listening to my rundown of what happened with her leg, and checking it (slight swelling around the affected hock) the vet looked up at me and stated, "You can breathe, Cancer is at the bottom of my list right now." *whoooosh!* and I release the breath that I think I was holding for 7 days. We discuss the usual suspect, Arthritis. He says, that if I want peace of mind that he can have her scheduled for an xray of the leg to be sure that there is nothing there. He would like one anyways because I couldn't recall if pins were put in or not. I say yes, that I would like that very much. And then I ask if he could check her hips as well, since she has had issues on the hardwood floors where she's done a wishbone-style splits with her back legs a few times. That got his attention very quickly. He checks her hips out, and then her spine. That same spot where she had issues this summer is problematic today. She tried wiggling away, ducking, squatting, anything to get away every time he checked that spot. Then he does a test with her feet. Remember when I said that her foot touched down, toes first, and curled and she stood there for a moment? He did the same thing to her and she stood like that for about 10 seconds before correcting it herself. Not Normal. It is a Proprioceptive issue- she isn't aware, fully, of her back legs/feet. (I recreated it at home and took a picture. Please ignore the dog hair, I think the huskies were WWE style wrestling while we were at the vets ) (trying to remember all the correct terms here, my apologies if I butchered them)So now he is concerned about a peripheral neuropathic issue and/or arthritis in/on/around her spinal cord causing it. He did mention, that thanks to my idiocy with the Aspirin, as of right now, he is not too concerned about Thrombus (Blood clots) causing the leg issues. Also discovered that, unlike other greys from the food threads that have lsot weight on TOTW, Sammi did not lose weight. She gained it. Lil porker went from 78 to 89 pounds also what could have acerbated problem. So now, she is first, on a diet, and second, she is on Novox (gen. Rimadyl) starting tomorrow night- 48 hours after the last dose of Aspirin. Every few days I am to do the foot test on her and also to try to set up an obstacle course for her (thinking of letting the kids dig out DS's old Thomas trains & tracks and let them have a track building party in the living room) to see if there is any improvement to her proprioception. On the 23rd she goes in for her xrays. (ETA~ Also remaining on her Gluc/Chon blend as well) So... for anyone that made it all the way through this novel... any advice? Thoughts? Anyone else been through this before? Thank you for any help and for reading all of this. Took me 2 hours to write it all out. I don't think I am fully relaxed yet, even tho the C word is not a concern of the vet's atm, and at the bottom of his list. I don't think I will cross it off my list until I see the xrays. Edited February 9, 2012 by Gryffenne Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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