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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: Mary Jane] #303751
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The funky drool would have been a clue about bloat but only because I went through it with one before. I'm so glad he's home. It's a slow recovery but like I said earlier, mine lived about 6 years longer. Take it easy, hope for the best in recovery. It can be tough - watch him.

Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: middleofnowhere] #303779
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I am watching like a hawk. My husband surprised us and came home for Christmas last night...and he has been jumping up, barking and dropping his ball.
He's so excited to have another family member ...now having them both behave is my only challenge.

Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303782
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Originally Posted By: companionmom
...now having them both behave is my only challenge.

Crate them separately, lol!

I am so happy to hear he pulled through and is recovering well. May you have a looooong, happy life together!

Question: Did the diagnosis of kennel cough hold?


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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: shepnterrier] #303797
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No. Here's finally what it came to

That he has known hip displx. But we did not know he had a spinal cord injury. So apparently he was in so much pain and it had been increasing (he was at a vet 24hrs after I got him bc he was throwing red flags) so much that he began painting and over salavating. Yes his 1st xrays showed slugh narrowing of the esophageal canal but, that happens over extended periods of rapid breathing. He panted himself into bloat. Now he's on pain meds, and sedatives and will be undergoing possible spinal surgery come spring after less serious routes are at least attempted.

Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303798
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That being said the 1st time I took him to the vet I contacted the foster and asked if he had alway panted heavily and winced and she said 'yes..I just thought it was normal for the breed'... -.-

Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303799
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I am SO glad he is doing so well after the surgery, what a huge relief!

What type of spinal issue is it? Some surgery can be avoided with chiropractic care, but certainly some cannot. These darn GSDs and their back problems frown

The pain meds. Has the vet talked about monitoring blood levels while he is on them? I would strongly consider some liver support while these are being taken. My favorite is Country Life's Liver Support Factors, but there are many similar products out there.


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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: MaxaLisa] #303811
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Yes. He will have to have a blood pannel every 6 months

We are going in for a MRI tomorrow. For more dx, as if now from what can bee seen via radiograph its a cord injury. I know he was thrown after a convy inturruption on his last deployment.

So for now im sedating him and crossing our fingers and praying for a decent tax return for all these mounting vet bills

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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303818
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The poor dog must have been in excruciating pain. He is so lucky he found a human who could see that something was very wrong, and who knew what to do.

Originally Posted By: companionmom
I know he was thrown after a convy inturruption on his last deployment.

Do you know his story? In the other thread you mentioned he was dropped off after hours at the local HS. Did he perhaps have a chip/tattoo that showed he had been a MWD and you could trace it back?

Bloat surgery, MRI, and treatment of whatever the injury is shown to be... Wishing you a HUGE tax return!


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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: shepnterrier] #303823
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Yes he has an ear tat and chip. Thats why he went to a local mwd rescue from the shelter. We dont know if a local police officer put him in the after hours holding area as a stray or if his handler/owner dumped him. Whatever yhe case may be he's mine now smile
And I'm thankful.
The folks at Lackland afb have been great in filling in some gaps.

He's an outstanding pup.

Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303828
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Originally Posted By: companionmom
Yes. He will have to have a blood pannel every 6 months

We are going in for a MRI tomorrow. For more dx, as if now from what can bee seen via radiograph its a cord injury. I know he was thrown after a convy inturruption on his last deployment.

So for now im sedating him and crossing our fingers and praying for a decent tax return for all these mounting vet bills

Oh wow. The poor boy has seen his share it sounds like.

I'm glad to hear that the vet is on top of the blood testing, etc. Many aren't, so we make sure to always mentioned it, just in case.

I will send good thoughts for him and your tax return - thank you for taking such good care of this boy!


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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303894
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Long day today.

Verdict is in

Pinched sacral nerve and extremely wrecked hips.

Yes will medicate with pain management, and titrate off as necessary-but for the pain...if increases beyond that we are looking at making a very difficult decision within the yr.

Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom] #303895
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Originally Posted By: companionmom
Verdict is in

Pinched sacral nerve and extremely wrecked hips.

Yes will medicate with pain management, and titrate off as necessary-but for the pain...if increases beyond that we are looking at making a very difficult decision within the yr.

That is a very painful condition, in both dogs and humans, speaking from personal experience in both.

I would strongly encourage you to see a consultation with a certified chiropractor (not a VOM pracitioner). I have had the best experiences with those that are also chiros for humans, probably something to do with having more experience and doing this on a daily basis, though I fully expect some vet chiros are very good also. The right care could save your boy's life, and that's not being dramatic www.avcadoctors.com

hugging I'm sorry.

Did you talk about joint supplements and most importantly adequan shots?


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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: MaxaLisa] #303901
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You are such a caring owner, you truly turn over every stone to help your dear boy. I am so sorry that he has a pinched sacral nerve. You are doing wonderful and kind things for him in your care of his condition. hugging

My suggestion would be a good veterinary acupuncturist. I have a pinched nerve due to a vertebra being out of alignment. Acupuncture brings relief. I am wishing you and your fella all the best!


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Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: Braverhund] #304535
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I know it's hard to arrange things around Christmas, but I really hope that you can follow some of the suggestions here and give Handsome some relief, rather than the opiate (?) or whatever painkillers. You paint such a wonderful place for him in your family.

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