HI, Well, not sure what disease would cause paralysis of the front legs only in the morning, unless we have some type of muscle disorder. Or weakness and not true paralysis. The key to figuring out why a dog can't walk is to determine a neurologic exam, so we can try to localize the problem based on testing reflexes. Your veterinarian may have done this when you brought your dog in, but a veterinary specialist termed a neurologist, is an expert at doing this. Prednisone can help but if it made things worse, then we can't try that. But it is hard to know how to treat your dog if we don't know what the problem is. With each question here, I strongly suggest that you let your veterinarian know that your dog is not doing well, could be painful, and you need to bring them back in to figure out what is wrong. You could ask your veterinarian if there is a neurologist in the area to refer your dog to if your veterinarian also agrees that there is paralysis and not just weakness. Dr. SandyView Thread
Hi Nailhead, There are so many causes for not eating, termed anorexia. The most common causes are something wrong with the gastrointestinal system, stomach or small bowel, but there are really so many causes. And the important thing to know about cats: they are susceptible to developing a fatty liver syndrome if they don't eat or don't eat enough. Your veterinarian would look for causes based on their exam, but sometimes we need blood work to look at the organs, sometimes xrays to look at the stomach and intestines, to find out what is wrong while we try to get them feeling better again with supportive care, like fluids, stomach protectants, appetite stimulants, etc. Dental disease is rarely a cause of not eating. So, it is hard to tell you what is wrong because it could be many things. You can try some warmed canned food, a little tuna juice on top might make it more tasty, but you will really have to see a veterinarian if that doesn't work. Let us know what you find out. Dr. SandyView Thread
I think a reexamine by your brother's veterinarian is definitely in store. Severe hip dysplasia where the ball and socket joint is loose and worn down, can be very painful and the medications will help to ease the pain. But there are other causes of lameness and I am worried the dog is not eating at your last report. Have your brother mention to his veterinarian that the dog is not eating to make sure there is not a sensitivity to the medications or another problem that looks like hip pain. Some combinations of pain medications and steroids can cause GI upset. If the dog is very uncomfortable, and the compresses and exercise are not helping, perhaps the dog needs to see the veterinarian sooner. We always welcome a call from a concerned owner if the pet is not responding the way we all thought they should. Dr. SandyView Thread
I am not sure I can put all the signs together except that it appears that you are treating signs, without knowing what the overall diagnosis is, and that happens sometimes. And sometimes it does take a while to figure out what is going on and your veterinarian seems like they are working toward what the problem is. I do agree that your dog has some confusing signs. Addison's can look like anything and that is a reasonable disease to consider but generally it should respond to those doses of steroids. Did your dog still have signs on the higher dose of steroids? Steroids can limit the normal bladder's ability to remain sterile, so perhaps the blood in the urine is just due to an infection. But the rigidity and next extension are puzzling. You might talk to your family veterinarian about a referral to a specialist, such as an internist at this point, for their physical exam and perhaps some testing. But do share with your veterinarian your concerns and if further testing is not helpful, talk about referral. Dr. SandyView Thread
Is you doggie older? It could be kidney related, but endocrine diseases such as diabetes mellitus and cushings disease (over production of steroid hormones) can do this as well. Cushings can be associated with skin disorders including hair loss and skin infections. We diagnose these diseases, after a physical exam, with a combination of blood work and urinalysis. That is a start. With cushings disease, there are some additional tests of endocrine function. Diabetes and kidney disease we can diagnose on initial blood work and urine testing. And there are other causes as well, such as high blood calcium. I would make an appointment with your veterinarian, but do not restrict your dogs water consumption because we don't want them to dehydrate. And for all these diseases, we do have treatments to slow down the disease and hopefully make them drink less and urinate less. LEt us know what you find out. Dr. SandyView Thread
Yes, cats do get asthma. And we treat them with steroids. It can sound like coughing, even gagging. Gi upsets, hair balls can cause gagging. Your veterinarian's physical examination will help tell whether the problem is the airways or gut. I think your veterinarian is on the right track. I would try to air out that house a bit, avoid cooking that causes so much smoke, and lay a bit low on the exercise until she starts treatment. The "shot" she was given may have been steroids, check with your veterinarian. Any sign that your kitty is having difficulty breathing, see your veterinarian immediately. Thanks for writing in. Dr. SandyView Thread
Hello there, This is a common question that veterianrians receive but Strep A, which causes strep throat in man, rarely if ever is transmitted from animals to man. In a recurrent situation such as with your daughter, we could culture the cat for Strep A (but lab has to be able to culture this strep not any strep), but the whole family should be cultured. The kitten might just be an innocent bystander and treating the cat, if infected, would likely not do anything. But make sure you check with your veterinarian as well. For more information, look for the sheet on pets and strep throat written by Dr. Scott Weese infectious disease specialists, on his excellent website: www.wormsandgermsblog.com. Thank you for asking. I hope your daughter gets better quickly. Dr. SandyView Thread
I too am so sorry to hear about Kaiser. IT does sound like your veterinarian and I were in agreement. I know it is so hard to lose a beloved pet, one of the worst times I have ever had to deal with, but the joy and love they give us over the years I feel makes up for the sadness and pain at their passing. Please take care, Dr. SandyView Thread
Hi there, No, there really is not problem with overdosing vaccinations. Have someone check to make sure he is not microchipped; these large pure breed dogs do not usually run loose and as you likely are doing already, try to see if someone is missing this beautiful guy. Dr. SandyView Thread
Hi there, Sounds like you are looking with your veterinarian for a cause of fever, not eating and now front leg collapse. Is your dog weak? Have joint or back pain? There are some fevers that can cause joint pain/arthritis and back problems. The initial step reporting these new findings to your veterinarian and see if they can localize the problem: all over, joints, back, etc. Then we can try to decide what it is and how to treat it. Please let us know. Dr. SandyView Thread
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