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    Unhappy URGENT Steroid Responsive Meningitis? Advice PLEASE :(

    Hi all, I found this group by searching google. Im glad I have found it as Im pretty upset and confused about my sick boy Cooper.

    I will explain briefly what has happend over the past week and a half..

    He is a 6 yr old Corgie X Fox Terrier.

    About 2 weeks ago he started becoming sore down the bottom of his spin and every time I pressed it he would yelp, then it started getting worse when I would pick him up he would yelp. He started to be a bit hunched over when he walked and would try find a spot by himself so I wouldnt pick him up and hurt him, he then wouldnt go outside or walk around very much. I was concerned thinking he pulled a disc or something in his back so I took him to the vet and they did an xray on him, the xray showed that he had something near the bottom of his spin but they couldnt say what it was. The vet was sure he was at the beginging stages of arthritis and his spine was inflammed, so he was giving a shot of anti inflammatory and pain management needle, she gave me some steriods to take home to give him over the week.

    Over the week he didnt improve, he started getting more pain and it became worse, he was yelping if i moved his head the slightest bit upwards to give him his tablet so I took him back, this time I saw a diff vet, he did blood tests, urine tests and a medical examination, he said it was most likley meningitis possible, viral or bactrial or even Steroid Responsive Meningitis.

    Now as the blood/urine tests showed no signs or infection does this mean it could still be meningits? The vet said it can be..I am confused as I dont think they REALLY know and Im very upset. He has been to the vet twice today to get more antibiotic (meningitis treatment) injection and pain relief needle too.

    He is in his basket at the moment, with a blanket and the heater near him, he wont get up and walk and he has wee'd himself but I think thats because he is on pain relief which has made him sleepy and a bit un-aware of whats going on.

    Im scared as I seen things on the internet about dogs dying from this....Does anyone know if Steroid Responsive Meningitis is caused by being given steroids in the first place? Does this mean my VET caused my dog to get sick? I have spent almost 300 dollars so far for seeing the vet and treatment, they are a well known vets and they have a good reputation. I dont want my dog to die I dont know what I would do, he is like a child to me I love him...


    Please help with anything you know, I need some support.....

    Thank you, sorry its so long but I REALLY hope someone takes the time to read this and write back.

    Im awaiting your reply

    Thanks again

    LOVE LAUREN xo

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    LAUREN, I'M SO SORRY ABOUT YOUR LITTLE GUY BEING SO SICK...I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE TOLD THIS AND THAT BY THE VETS AND THEN WATCH YOUR LITTLE ONE BE SO ILL AND YOU FEEL HELPLESS.
    BUT YOU'VE DONE THE RIGHT THING BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY NICE PEOPLE HERE THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE SUPPORT YOU NEED...PLEASE TRY TO STAY CALM, IF YOU'RE STRESSING YOUR DOG CAN FEEL THAT...I KNOW IT'S HARD.
    I FEEL REALLY BAD BECAUSE I'M NOT SURE WHAT I WOULD DO IN YOUR SHOES....HOPE OTHERS JOIN IN SOON...

    I DO HOWEVER KNOW THAT WHEN MENINGITIS IS SUSPECTED SPINAL FLUID SHOULD BE TESTED.

    I'D BE ASKING AGAIN WHAT IS NEAR THE SPINE ON X-RAYS AS NOT KNOWING WHAT IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH...IT'S THEIR JOB TO FIND OUT...

    I THINK THAT MAYBE AN ULTRASOUND SHOULD BE DONE TO GET A MORE DETAILED PICTURE OF THE SPINE

    A FRIEND USED TO HAVE A CORGIX YEARS AGO AND HE SUFFERED FROM A SLIPPED DISC. HE BEHAVED SIMILAR TO YOUR DOG. FEW DAYS ON ANTI-INF INJECTIONS AND HE'D BE FINE AGAIN.

    I JUST FOUND THIS: ' IMMEDIATELY AFTER A SPINAL INJURY, A DOG MAY EXPERIENCE NECK & BACK PAIN, WEAKNESS OR PARALYSIS OF THE LEGS, LOSS OF FEELING IN THE LIMBS, AND URINARY OR FAECAL INCONTINENCE '

    ' WHEN TRANSPORTING DOG WITH SUSPECTED SPIAL INJURY: KEEP IT'S BACK AS STRAIGHT AS POSSIBLE. USE A HARD, FLAT BOARD, OR THICK BLANKET FOLDED OVER, AS A STRETCHER. GENTLY PULL THE DOG ON TO THE STRETCHER, THEN SECURE IT USING SOFT CLOTH TIES OR SIMILAR MATERIAL OVER THE HIPS AND SHOULDERS. PREVENT NECK MOVEMENT IF THERE ARE NECK INJURIES '

    LAUREN...PLEASE DON'T TAKE THIS AS A DIAGNOSIS - I'M NOT A VET. THIS IS SIMPLY MY OPINION...JUST TRYING TO HELP
    HOPE COOPER FEELS BETTER REAL SOON ! STAY IN TOUCH !

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    Thank you for the quick reply, I have been sitting here and refreshing my browser hoping someone would write back soon!

    Well yes, because of their lengthend body things can happen to their backs, what I found was unsuall was i noticed the pain and weird behaviour after he had been at my parents house with their dogs, when dad lets them out the back they get really excited and run down the ramp so so quick and I think he may have hurt himself running down it so fast because after he came inside I noticed how sore he was, he was fine and excited before he went out.

    Well yes, the vet is sending the X RAY to a specialist tomorrow, but they said it would be a week before the results would be back! Which is annoying as its a waiting game. A slipped disc have similar symptoms to meningitis. All his bloods and urine is normal.

    Its hard to open his mouth to squirt water into it as he yelps because it hurts him so much, at first when they thought it may have just been a back prob from hurting it they gave him an anti inflam injection and I took some tabs home which were a mild steriod to help the inflam but he just got worse.

    He wont move, he just wants to stay in his bed, when i was taking him in the car he wet himself and he is toilet trained and never does this. He has eaten some steamed chicken I gave to him so thats good sign.

    Im just confused because I dont want them treating him for something he doesnt have? who knows it could be what you say, because they havent done the spinal tap on him as they said it can be a dangeous and risky procedure and they would rather refer me to a specialist vet that does it as they have seen some go wrong and they are not pretty, so they said only if it was really necessary.

    The thing is, he doesnt seem ANY better after anything :/ the vet showed me how to give Cooper a needle in his neck and gave me two 0.90 x Temgesic 1ml - 5ml vials she said they are in the same family as morphine and will make him more relaxed until i see the vet tomorrow....

    Thank you for the support and i look forward to your reply...

    How did they know it was slipped disc? thanks love xo

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    Hi
    Your poor baby...The meds should be making him a bit more comfortable...Keep in mind they can make them drowsy and weak too which is why they don't want to do anything but sleep.
    The corgix i knew did the same thing...bolt up a hill in the back yard at 100miles an hour and that's how his back would get hurt. This was a long time ago so i'm not sure what tests etc he had...sorry.
    It's possible also that he ruptured a disc could even have a pinched nerve...very painful !!!
    They're all things that your specialist vet will look for and maybe order a ct scan. Yes it looks like a waiting game....I know it's hard...but i'm afraid that you've done all you can. Just keep your pooch warm and comfy. Don't force him to do anything, and give him his meds. Oh yeah...touch really helps with healing so just stoke his head and ears for a few minutes and see if he likes it, he might want to be left alone but he might love it.
    Give yourself a pat on the back for all you've done !
    Cooper's a lucky little man to have you !
    Keep us posted Lauren ! xxx

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    Thank you for that. Yes they were more so saying it was meningitis, but the thing is I did some research and the symptoms of a slipped disc and meningitis are quite similar.

    He is in front of the heater now, he doesnt like to get up and drink water he has once in the last two days so I have been syringing it into the side of his mouth and he drinks it. He has an appt tonight at 6pm at the vet, she has sent his xrays off to a specialist because she couldnt see what the deformation on/of the bone was, which COULD be a slipped disc.

    They said from hurting his back it could of become inflammed and he has formed meningitis. I dont think the spinal tap would be a good idea just yet as it can be a VERY dangerous procedure the vet said and for me to get it done I have to be reffered which can cost a couple of hundred bucks, which I reallyt dont care about the money I just want my lil guy fixed and happy again like he used to be, he is so different and it makes me sad, and our other dog Max (staffy cross jack russle) has no idea whats going on with him and is sad because he wont play!

    Anyway thanks everyone I hope to hear from some more people soon, thanks for the best wishes and keep praying for my boy!

    I hope to get some 100% sure answers very soon from the vet!!

    oxooxox Lozza

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    Ohh Lauren I'm so sorry to hear this

    It's so awful when your fur-babies are in pain because like Mags said, you feel so helpless

    But from reading what you have done so far, you have done so well! And I am sure Cooper appreciates everything you are doing for him! Like Mags said as well, giving him pats might help him feel better as well. When my dog had a sore back once (nothing serious, just a pulled muscle, unlike Cooper ) I would slowly rub his back from the neck down for ages, and he would fall asleep.

    Just be strong, and try to think positive thoughts!! Please keep us updated, and all the best for you and for Cooper.

    Take care xx
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    Your most welcome Lauren.
    Try to be strong and positive
    Just thought of something else...
    I know that dogs can also get bone spurs - growth on the vertebrae...and even though it sounds horrible they're not that painful unless pressing on a nerve.
    Please keep us posted !
    Best of luck for todays appointment !

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    Hi Lauren

    I am in tears...you are such a great dog owner. This all seems so unfair.

    You need sound medical advice. If you dont get what you need then yell, bang on counters or seek a second opinion.

    I really can't comment on the in's and outs.

    Is he drinking from a small fresh bowl of water when you offer it to him in his basket? Orally hydrating him is positive though concerning in many respects.

    He is eating independantly...is that all going well still?

    What are his pain levels? Is he able to function at all and how?

    I understand your concerns and support you.

    I am very sorry

    Nic

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    Sending mental hugs to you both. I hope he gets better soon.

    I had viral meningitis the year before last and I felt like I was dying - it was horrible. But I got better...

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    How did the Vet go? Have you been yet?

    Biiiiiiig hugs to you both!
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