Dog aint doing too well

el Toro

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My lab Buck is 12+ years old and has been enjoying his retirement. He has sore hips from time to time, like all old labs do, but a little advil usually keeps him humming along. This morning he woke up and was a little wobbly on his back end. I didn't think too much of it and just figured it was morning soreness. We went to my neice's baptism and came home this afternoon. He couldn't walk. Dragging his back end and had no control over it. I rushed him to the ER vet and they seem to think it was either a spinal stroke or a disc herniation causing nerve problems. They said it could be a tumor causing the same thing. To diagnose they would have to do a CT scan. If it were a disc or tumor issue he'd then need surgery and I'd be looking at $5-6K. As much as I love my dog, that aint gonna happen given his age. If it is a stroke, they said it would gradually get better over time. I opted to wait a few days and see if things improve, maybe some Prednisone after a couple days too. I gotta say though, seeing him like this is absolutely killing me.

So have any of you ever had your dog lose neuro control suddenly? Did it get better on it's own? Any similar experiences?

I unfortunately have a sneaking suspicion that this is the beginning of the end. I knew this day would eventually come. I just hope it's conclusive when its the right time. I hope I'm wrong, but age is not in our favor.
 
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I have an 11 year old female lab, not looking forward to this day.. Hope he gets better..
 
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Do the CT scan then do the right thing for both of you--put one of ours down last monday lost his partner tonight--this is killing me but I know they are both in a better place running and playing without any pain
 
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So sorry to hear that Nate. It sounds like your dog has had a good long run. I have a friend with a 9 or 10 yr old choc. lab and she had a similar issue a while back. She lost the use of one rear leg and seemed to be losing the other. That was about 3 months ago and she's doing alot better now. You just never know. It's certainly a tough spot. This song always brings up my spirits when thinking of my best friends. This is a rough video, but best I could do on short notice.YouTube - Neil Young - OLD KING (Amsterdam, Holland, 20/02/2008).
 
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Puttin the dog down is the worst.I put my shep-queensland healer mix down 2 years ago.His hips went out also.It was slow at first,tough for him to get up etc.Then one day I came home from work and I knew this was the day.
The doc gives you a few moments with your dog before he gives him "the shot".Then he falls a sleep in your arms while you feel his last heart beats.
It was the saddest day of my life...man!
I thought I would never be able to replace this dog,I loved him that much,and I still miss him.But,eventually about a year later I came across someone who had to give up their puppy because it would not stop killing their chickens:rockin: I scored a way cool dog,I love her more than anything.

Anyway,feel free to toss in some pics of the dog.Here are mine.peace out!
 

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Sorry to hear that man.....never had that problem with a dog but a cat had that happen growing up. He was the only cool cat I've ever seen, supreme gopher killer. Started limping one morning then was dragging it's rear end by the end of the day. Took it to the vet the next day, doctor felt a tumor on it's spine. Done deal one hour later. Hope that's not the case with your pup.
 
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Sorry to hear Nate, man just reading this and Bills post before has me tearing up.

Gotta be the toughest thing ever...........but as has been said by other much wiser then I, make sure everything you is for your dog. Not you.
And knowing you....I have no doubt, your bud is gonna get only the best. Goodluck.
 
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rough week on here for dogs hope for the best plan for the worst love him and do what is right for him not looking forward to having to make that call with my lab
in my prayers
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I had a lab that had a stroke around that age. I saw improvement 3 days after and she ended up living a decent life to 15. As long as there is no pain or suffering involved I would give him a few days to see how he responds. Hope it all works out!
 
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I had a lab that had a stroke around that age. I saw improvement 3 days after and she ended up living a decent life to 15. As long as there is no pain or suffering involved I would give him a few days to see how he responds. Hope it all works out!


That is what I'm hoping for. He doesn't seem to be in any pain at all. He still wags his tail and is eating and drinking. The vet gave him a good prodding all over and couldn't find anything obvious. He showed no indication of pain anywhere.
 
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Nate:

My dog lost control of his backside off and on for a while. The bad news is that it seems to get progressively worse (at least in my case it did) and more frequent. The good news is that it didn't seem to be painful.

Also, check with your vet regarding Advil (Ibuprofen), I was told that it's bad for them. There are other NSAIDs that are acceptable - mine was taking tramadol.

I had to put my dog down a couple of months ago. Tough day I tell ya. But we know when we get them that they don't live as long as we do.

I agree $6K for a CT scan is a bit much for a dog. My GF had a CT scan on the dog (for THOUSANDS) and they said - yep he's got a bad disc....we could do surgery for another 5 plus grand and see if it works.

Sorry to hear the bad news.
 
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Sorry Nate. My lab started having problems about age 11 with siezures on occasion. The vet seemed to think they were stroke related. She on occasion lost control of her backside which got worse over time. She made it to age 14, then it became obvious that she was in too much pain.
Good luck with your situation.
 
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Sorry to hear Nate, man just reading this and Bills post before has me tearing up.

Gotta be the toughest thing ever...........but as has been said by other much wiser then I, make sure everything you is for your dog. Not you.
And knowing you....I have no doubt, your bud is gonna get only the best. Goodluck.

Damn, I'll say. I gotta older furry one having trouble too.
 
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Nate:

My dog lost control of his backside off and on for a while. The bad news is that it seems to get progressively worse (at least in my case it did) and more frequent. The good news is that it didn't seem to be painful.

Also, check with your vet regarding Advil (Ibuprofen), I was told that it's bad for them. There are other NSAIDs that are acceptable - mine was taking tramadol.

I had to put my dog down a couple of months ago. Tough day I tell ya. But we know when we get them that they don't live as long as we do.

I agree $6K for a CT scan is a bit much for a dog. My GF had a CT scan on the dog (for THOUSANDS) and they said - yep he's got a bad disc....we could do surgery for another 5 plus grand and see if it works.

Sorry to hear the bad news.

You know, if he was a little younger and in better health, I'd do it in a heartbeat and the money wouldn't even be an issue, but for an old dog who already has some health issues, it just doens't make sense. It sucks to make decisions like that but I guess it's part of dog ownership.
 
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    My lab Buck is 12+ years old and has been enjoying his retirement. He has sore hips from time to time, like all old labs do, but a little advil usually keeps him humming along. This morning he woke up and was a little wobbly on his back end. I didn't think too much of it and just figured it was morning soreness. We went to my neice's baptism and came home this afternoon. He couldn't walk. Dragging his back end and had no control over it. I rushed him to the ER vet and they seem to think it was either a spinal stroke or a disc herniation causing nerve problems. They said it could be a tumor causing the same thing. To diagnose they would have to do a CT scan. If it were a disc or tumor issue he'd then need surgery and I'd be looking at $5-6K. As much as I love my dog, that aint gonna happen given his age. If it is a stroke, they said it would gradually get better over time. I opted to wait a few days and see if things improve, maybe some Prednisone after a couple days too. I gotta say though, seeing him like this is absolutely killing me.

    So have any of you ever had your dog lose neuro control suddenly? Did it get better on it's own? Any similar experiences?

    I unfortunately have a sneaking suspicion that this is the beginning of the end. I knew this day would eventually come. I just hope it's conclusive when its the right time. I hope I'm wrong, but age is not in our favor.

    I know how you feel, had to put my 12 year old boxer down. I opted to creamate him.
     

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    my Aunt's pug had the spinal nerve damage youre describing. her whole back end was gone. She ended up having the surgery, but it was expensive and she never was the same. Still wobbly, but able to live happy.

    She was about 8 when it happened so it was a little easier to do the surgery. give it some time and see how he feels later.
     
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    Definentley give the old man the time to see if he recovers, then make the hard decision. Only you can make the decision the vet is just Practicing Medicine not so sure they really know. Good Luck. Ive been there a few times with my hunting dogs, sucks!
     
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    Before you give up, this is similar to what my oldest of 3 labs went through. Turns out he had arthritus in his back and hip. Doc put him on Rimadyl and senior vitamins.
    (they sedated him and did a full body x-ray for about 3 bills to determine the ailment)

    That was two years ago, and he is 15 1/2 now and still answers the dinner bell
    twice a day.

    Amazing age considering how hard he hunted.
     
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    el Toro

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    This isn't arthritis. The vet already ruled that out. It's neurological and happened all of a sudden. I have Rimadyl for him and have given it to him on a few occaisions when his hips acted up. He didn't need it regularly. An advil every once in a while helped too. The vet said to use the advil if I could get away with it as it is less damaging to the liver. I did give him a couple Rimadyl yesterday and it had no effect. This is more like paralysis. He's not in pain and all his bodily functions are working so far (I have to hold him up to go pee and poop), but I can tell he's depressed. Hell, I would be too. I talked to his regular vet today and he said to give him a week as long as it doesn't get worse.
     
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    My sister in laws weiner dog had similar symptoms. If I remember right, she had acupuncture done on the dog and it was up and walking like normal after the second or so treatment. Disc was out of place or something, paralyzed dragging hind legs. The acupuncture place was Keith Weingardt (619)276-5900 Animal Healing Center....$160 was diagnose and first treatment, $80 after that. Dog was walking after first treatment.

    Might be worth a call. Good Luck Bud!
     
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    Good luck bro.

    Has a cocker spaniel that was picked up by a great Dane and all but broke her back.

    It caused seizures and the like and she was medicated for a while. A few years were good, but it got to where the meds wouldn't fight off the seizures and we put her down.

    Give him a chance recover, they are usually a ass load tougher than we are after all.

    I am hoping for the best for ya bud.
     
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