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    Thanks Riley! She gets so many ear infections.. Her hair is short and we've played around with her diet but nothing seems to work. Plus it's always only in her right ear.. The vet thinks that if it was diet she would have it in both ears and in other areas of her body too. She also gets her ears cleaned out every second day. The only thing we've been able to pinpoint is that it only happens in hot, humid weather. She seems much better this morning so hopefully it will be cleared up soon I got our vet to print out her medical history to give to Nev just in case she gets another infection and he needs to take her to the vet

    In Roxy news.. She still hasn't improved at all (after a weekend of anti inflammatories, pain relief and a few other things) so they are transferring to a specialist vet today and mum has an appointment this afternoon to discuss the next step. It's looking as though they will do an MRI at the human hospital and based on the results from that (if it's one or more slipped discs) they will either operate or try to treat it with acupuncture and laser therapy.

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    Well she had an MRI today - no slipped disc. They don't think it's a brain tumor and they don't know where to go from here. Mystery.

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    I guess you could buy or make her a dog wheel chair

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    I still think it will take another couple of weeks for her to come good if it's an injury type problem.

    My friends with the dodgy back puppy mill specials were at the park again today and the one with "paw" problems - to me it looks like back problems and he was having a lot of trouble getting his back legs to co-ordinate. They had just given him some pain killers - as part of diagnosing the problem. So he'd be happy and run, and then he'd be wobbly and unco and slow. He was pretty keen on food, any food. And he was much keener to go sniff and pee on things than he had been.

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    Thanks Hya, I was actually just talking to mum on the phone about wheelchairs for her! The only issue is that her front legs aren't working either. Mum said "I can pull her in a cart for the rest of her life.. When the mailman comes, I can just run her up and down the fence line"

    So where we're at now is that all 4 legs are not working, she can stand (wobbly) but can't step as her legs just 'flop'. It started as a slight limp in her front leg, stayed like that for a few days and then rapidly progressed to all 4 legs. Mum said her toes are curled up like she's making a fist. She can still raise her head/neck.
    She has been on pain killers and anti inflammatories since Friday night (it's now Monday night) and there has been no improvement. Blood tests have come back clear and so have x-rays of her neck/back and an MRI of her neck/back showed nothing either. I believe that they also should've done an MRI of her brain while she was under anesthetic and at the hospital - it cost close to $2000 so I hate to think what it will cost to go back for another one. Mum said they did a few other tests while she was at the hospital, but she can't remember what they were.. We will get the results around midday tomorrow and hopefully they will shed some light.

    They've ruled out spinal damage, slipped discs, spinal tumor/mass so are now leaning towards blood clot in the brain or brain tumor (unlikely) or some type of virus.. The vet even said "we could be dealing with something so rare that it doesn't have a name" so we will wait and see what happens. Her gums and tongue look VERY dark red in the photos I've been sent.. Is this normal with pain killers and anti inflammatories or could it mean something else? Stroke? I've been googling and reading uni journals/text books like crazy all day and 99% of the cases start with paralysis in the hind legs and when I finally find a case where something has started in the front legs, it is always spinal disc issues. It's quite frustrating and I feel very sorry for the vets.

    Mum has also kept her regular vet up to date and he would like to try acupuncture and laser treatment to see if they can get some improvement. I'm not sure when they will do this but I'm so happy that he's willing to try that.

    Now I know how poor BG felt when Hooch was sick and they didn't know why!

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    Hi KM

    That's horrible. I guess it could be some sort of debilitating virus that may or may not go away.

    It could also be the doggy equivalent of something like Multiple Sclerosis - or nerve degeneration.

    I think I'd be onto the GR site in the USA to see if anyone has seen these symptoms and has any ideas.
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    Thanks so much Hya! I will post there tonight when I have a bit more time.

    The rest of her tests came back totally clear too (spinal tap and a few other things) and they just did an ultrasound of her gut and found nothing there either. They said her brain seems totally fine too.

    So she is being transferred to the chiro/acupuncture/laser vet tomorrow and will be treated with that and a lot of rest. It's costing $500/day so hopefully she starts to recover quickly but mum said she will keep her there for as long as it takes (thank dog for insurance!). I've also found a qualified Chinese herb specialist so will contact her and see if there is anything that she may suggest feeding to help her improve too.

    Lucky pets bring us so much joy for the amount of heartbreak they also cause! Dreading the day something happens to my two..

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    Laying in bed and can't sleep.. Just had a thought.. Toxoplasmosis? There are a lot of cats around my parents house as well as a lot of rats, possums, birds etc. and it's something that would go undetected in the tests so far. Will get mum to ask the vet in the morning.

    Positive news this afternoon.. She had a physiotherapy session and although she still wasn't physically better at the end, apparently she was much brighter, alert and happier. They will do 4 sessions a day with her.

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    Toxoplasmosis

    Yikes - I knew there was some reason other than "Disgusting!" to stop evil hound from eating cat poo.

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    'Kristy.Maree' - any news ?


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    No real news today. She has developed a hotspot behind her ear and it's driving her insane as she can't move her leg to scratch it so that's just another thing to add to the list. Mum discovered it and notified the vet nurse and told her that she will probably need antibiotics to clear if up (she gets quite a few hot spots) but the nurse said that they will just treat it with cream. I wish they would give her a course of antibiotics anyway, just in case they kill off and help her recover from whatever she has.

    There is a possibility that she has 'Polyradiculoneuritis' which clears up itself anywhere between 7 days and 4 months. Tomorrow is day 6 so we will wait and see. She is getting transferred to her regular vet tomorrow and they will continue her treatment with acupuncture/laser/physio. The vet is also a family friend so that is a bonus.
    She is off the fluids and painkillers so the only 'attachment' she needs at the moment is a catheter. They are very hopeful that she will be able to come home soon and continue her treatment there, I think that will be good for her. They just need to work out how to carry a 30kg 'limp' dog so she is able to go to urinate etc.

    Mum ran into one of their neighbours at the vet today.. Their Labrador had cancer last year, had surgeries and chemo etc. He now has cancer again so they are yet again going through surgery and chemo with him.. Taking him to the vet every day and driving 2hrs a few times a week to take him to the specialist. He's 12yrs old.. I think mum feels that if they're doing that for their dog, then she can keep trying with Roxy and her 'Idiosyncratic illness'.

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