This is starting to look less like spondylosis

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This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Otis » Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:33 pm

Vet referred us to an orthopedic specialist. Should we be looking into something else? She just got off prednisone which made things worse, she's currently just on trammadol. This is getting to be unbearably upsetting. This seems to cause her no pain, only embarrassment. She is otherwise in great spirits. Pain medication seems to make things worse, as she has less self awareness.


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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Otis » Thu Jan 23, 2014 3:38 pm

That is my noisemaker pointer crying, not ashes.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Enigma » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:38 pm

Maybe something like this?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canine_degenerative_myelopathy

I've been dealing with something similar, Brina's laryngeal paralysis is starting to cause hind-end weakness, that's why I've been researching canine neurological diseases and possible treatments or at least things that would slow the process down a bit. If it causes her no pain it could be an neurological issue, joint issues are usually painful for the dog.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby BabyReba » Fri Jan 24, 2014 8:37 am

oh, poor girl.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Amie » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:05 am

Oh, geez, Maddy. Love and hugs to you both.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Otis » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:52 am

We go to vosm on Monday. Although my referral from my amazing vet (COUGH) was for issues with her TPLO surgery, I was able to tell the receptionist her REAL issues and we will be going to see a neuro specialist on a day an orthopedic surgeon is at the hospital, in case we need another opinion.

I'm trying to be hopeful but I hate this. I can't stand seeing her like this. She still runs so hard, and when she falls she just looks mortified. She's been deteriorating so quickly, it seems worse everyday. I don't think I can handle this at all.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Otis » Fri Jan 24, 2014 11:57 am

Though today while I was at a job interview ashes decided to open the bathroom cabinet and raid a trashcan containing some feminine products. Oh a few years ago I would have been so mad, now I just smile and tear up when my forever puppy is an ass.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby dogs4jen » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:06 pm

I hope you get some help at the specialist. The way her legs collapse is similar to my late boxer's did when she had arthritis in her spine. :hug:
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby jamielvsaustin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:21 pm

Oh...I don't know what to say. Just ~hugs~ Be sure to update us on the vet visit, please. Thinking about you girls!
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Otis » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:46 pm

The more I read about meylopathy the more I want to curl up in a ball and cry. I am so not ready for this. God I hope itis something else.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby jamielvsaustin » Fri Jan 24, 2014 1:48 pm

Doggy wheel chair?
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Mon Jan 27, 2014 2:32 pm

I'm by no means an expert but I have seen plenty of dogs with both degenerative myleopathy and spodylosis through my work (Buddy had spondylosis), and I've never seen either of them present like that. I'm glad you have a neuro referral and I hope it brings you answers. Hugs to you both!!
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby Otis » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:43 am

We didn't get many answers. We won't have the answers without an MRI which we can't afford. She does have some spondylosis, but we just can't see what's going on through an x-ray. She is now on rimadyl and gabepenton. I post more updates on Facebook then pbf these days, so if anyone can offer advice my Facebook is https://www.facebook.com/maddy.eckel. Though I try to limit my dog postings (well....kind of...pffft) so I will still be using this thread for any and all advice. My main focus now is a quality wheel chair.
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Re: This is starting to look less like spondylosis

Postby AllisonPitbullLvr » Thu Jan 30, 2014 10:40 am

So frustrating. I'm so sorry. :(
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