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Aodhán's Vet Visit Today #56083
06/21/10 09:37 PM
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Aodhán went in to the vet today for a routine checkup and to have some x-rays done because she was knuckling under on her left rear leg over the weekend. I knew that she was showing a little weakness in the leg from her senior wellness exam last March when she turned 8, but last weekend was the first time I actually saw her knuckle under and it took a couple of steps before she corrected herself. This happened after some heavy running around at the park in the morning.

I spoke with the vet around lunch time and he said that there were at least 9 spots of spondylosis on her spine that he found. He thinks that one of the sites (but we don't know which one yet) may be causing a pinched nerve.

But there are 3 possiblities for her problem.
1. Temporary injury that may clear up from Caleb body slamming her. (DH told me he hit her hard enough one day last week to make them both yelp and it's not the first time he's slammed her.)
2. Pinched nerve from the spondylosis
3. DM (which honestly I don't want to think about too much just yet - but I can't ignore it as a possibility)

We're going to look into some chiropratic treatment and/or acupuncture for her, but what else could we do to help if it's a pinched nerve?


Johanna

Caleb (aka Caleb-Moose)
Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

RIP Aodhán, Rica, Max, Kelly - gone but never forgotten - forever in my heart
Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Woodreb] #56097
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Oh boy! I hope it is nothing serious and it clears up. But if I had to pick one I would rather deal with Spondylosis other than DM.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Kayos] #56101
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Johanna, acupuncture is FANTASTIC for a pinched nerve, or for most anything, in fact. Don't be surprised if she snoozes during her treatments, my last dog did that! Paws are crossed here for your sweet girl Aodhan that this is less worrysome than you expect, and that you can get a treatment plan that you can feel good about. Grimmi and I are sending good vibes for Aodhan!


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Braverhund] #56121
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Hoping that you find some treatment for your girl. I am hoping with you that it isn't DM.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #56189
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Thanks for the responses. On top of this she also tested positive for Lyme's during her exam today. So I've got both dogs on antibiotics.

(Caleb broke a tooth off at the gum line and had to have it extracted today.)


Johanna

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Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

RIP Aodhán, Rica, Max, Kelly - gone but never forgotten - forever in my heart
Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Woodreb] #56215
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I would also suggest the acupuncture and maybe chiropractic for the nerve. Did they check the hips? I only say that because Siena knuckled for the longest time (also assumed spinal and/or dm) and when she got her new hip in March, all the sudden there's no nuckle-ing.

As a human with spondolysis and several pinched nerves along her spine, the acupuncture didn't work for me but the adjustments (i.e. chiro) did more help. I am also on Neurontin (Gabapentin?) for the nerve spasms and that seems to help my overall pain. I believe they may be starting to use this in the vet world too.

Best of luck, please keep us posted.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: DianaB] #56231
06/22/10 02:52 AM
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I would absolutely see a chiro first for the pinched nerve - hopefully that will take care of it. Acupuncture can help the muscles, but usually you need someone to nudge the spine in the right direction.

What antibiotic did the vet give for the lyme? I would seriously consider have a C6 run, it gives a measurement of the antibiody response and is one of the few tests we have to monitor treatment.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: MaxaLisa] #56277
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The vet did check her hips and they are OK and no signs of arthritis. That;s good news.

I have my vet checking into who around our area is good for chiropractic treatments. The closest one I was finding is a vet that I used to go to and I don't really want to use again for various reasons. He's also going to see if the vet he's suggesting for acupuncture also does chiro, so we'll see what our options are.

Aodhán's on doxycycline for the Lyme, which seems pretty standard. I'll ask about the C6.

Does anyone have a opinion about using a human chiro that also treats dogs?


Johanna

Caleb (aka Caleb-Moose)
Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

RIP Aodhán, Rica, Max, Kelly - gone but never forgotten - forever in my heart
Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Woodreb] #56327
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Sending good thoughts your way.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: elisabeth] #56351
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I am also sending healing thoughts your way.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: MaxaLisa] #56371
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By the way - what exactly is a "C6".

In my world it's a hexane hydrocarbon rofl2


Johanna

Caleb (aka Caleb-Moose)
Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

RIP Aodhán, Rica, Max, Kelly - gone but never forgotten - forever in my heart
Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Woodreb] #56441
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It's from Idexx Labs: Lyme Quantitative C6 Antibody Test

http://www.idexx.com/view/xhtml/en_us/sm...rsationId=39167

It monitors response to treatment.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: LJsMom] #56448
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For lyme, I would treat any positive on a SNAP, and one guideline is to treat until the C6 has halved in value, another guideline is to get it under 30.

You want to kick the infection in the butt the first time. The aggressive dose of doxy is about 5 mg per lb, but I wouldn't go less than about 2.5 or 3 mg per pound. I would also give some liver support.

About the chiro, I actually prefer using a chiro that is for humans but also treats animals, since they are working on spines every day, all day.


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Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: MaxaLisa] #56475
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Thanks, Joanne,

That link was helpful.

It's funny how we all use abbreviations and such that can end up meaning very different things to different people. One of my old bosses was fond of telling us he wanted to be sure we were all on the same page, I always thought that needed to be qualified to be sure we were also in the same book. laugh

Lisa,

I'll have to check and see what the dosage we're using is when I get home from work.

Do we have a link to things for liver support?

We're still looking at options for the chiro and acupuncture. I found a clinic a couple towns over from us that looks like they have a good service and do both chiro and acupuncture.Want to see if my vet knows anything about them.

Last edited by Woodreb; 06/22/10 09:03 PM.

Johanna

Caleb (aka Caleb-Moose)
Ciara(aka Ciara Belle, Black Devil)

RIP Aodhán, Rica, Max, Kelly - gone but never forgotten - forever in my heart
Re: Aodhán's Vet Visit Today [Re: Woodreb] #56496
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It's nice to have a personal recommendation for any of these practitioners. I have to say though, I've been lucky whenever I just picked a person of the list, most all times.

This is the liver support factor that we recommend on the tick list, and I use here: http://www.vitacost.com/Country-Life-Biochem-Liver-Support-Factors I either get it there, or at www.iherb.com

Forgot to ask, how long was the vet planning on treating? I'll be curious to see if you see any changes in her after awhile on the doxy.


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