Her catheter is out now and they are just massaging her bladder to get her to urinate. She's only at the vet now for supervision. Mum said she was very vague this morning, it was like she didn't recognize anyone and she's not drinking much, she still can but she just doesn't want to. Maybe she's just extra depressed from being suck in a concrete room for a week now and then having a hotspot too. Mum said her legs were twitching a little bit today so hopefully that's a good sign.
I think that maybe mum should consider taking her home, even for just the weekend. Now that she's not attached to fluids or a catheter. My sister still lives with my parents so she will have 24/7 supervision, they can do physio sessions at home and I just feel that if she's with her family her spirits will be lifted and she will have more motivation to want to start using her legs again etc.
What do you guys think?
Yep - agree with you ! Pup would be much happier and contented at home ! Let's see what the vets think tomorrow !
I am sure your mum will put up a really good argument for it to happen !
~ 30 kgs isn't too bad for more than one person - I have used a towel in the past - under the whole pup and carried them outside or just under the tummy and chest area - if they are able to walk a bit - for support !
WoW – poor pup - with the suspected diagnosis ! Thank heavens there is a positive outcome likely.
Had to look it up - it is also known as - Coonhound Paralysis – and they don’t know what causes it – maybe pollen and/or chicken:
Chicken - Raw or cooked? | Inner South Veterinary Centre - Narrabundah, Red Hill, Griffith, Deakin, Manuka
Still have everything crossed here - for more good news like the above !
There's some sort of horrid disease associated with eating snails too - rat lung worm disease?
The Sydney eScholarship Repository: Canine Neural Angiostrongyliasis
It's very hard to read:
a syndrome occurring in puppies in the Brisbane area, characterised by
hind limb paresis and
often associated with eosinophilic pleocytosis of the CSF. (something nasty in the spine)
So the rat lung worm thing was first identified in china and then Hawaii and Europe and now Australia. Yucky Yuck - I don't know how any dog survives in Brisbane - ticks (hmm have they checked for a tick?) cane toads, snakes ...
Hya - you're a genius! Look at this photo my sister sent last night, yes there's a snake but look at what's on the chair.. They have so many snails!!
I will get mum to talk to the vet about it today. We will go visit her tomorrow after we drop our dogs off at Nev's place (thanks for reminding me about ticks - off to go buy tick collars now!)
I hope it's not that.
Apparently the dog just has to lick up snail trails to get it.
Not sure what is worse - snail bait or snail trails. And the critters do like dog food so they will slime up the dog bowl given the chance. Not good for the dogs any more.
It's quite scary!
The vet is pretty sure that it is rat lungworm (thanks again Hya! We owe you big time!!). He's seen one case before and that dog only lived a few streets away from mum and dad. This is a different vet now (she was transferred this morning) so he's going to get the blood tests from the previous vet and go through them again. The place she was at previously is really big on their surgery and emergency cases but not so much on 'diagnosing' so it's good that she's back with her regular vet now.
They have to wait 4 days because she was in metacam and then they will start her on a treatment plan with steroids and antibiotics.
RLW might not have the best outcome most the time but at least having something as a diagnosis means that they have a treatment plan and they're not guessing about everything
I'm so thankful for this forum! Thank you so much!!
We went and saw her today. The first time other than photos I've been sent.
She's way worse than I thought, covered in hotspots (5 I think), can't move her legs or lift her head. She has to be fed and watered via syringe. It's really awful.
She's home for the weekend so I hope that will get her spirits higher. She moves her ears the slightest bit when you say 'beach' or 'dog park' so her brain is obviously still functioning.
We went out for afternoon tea and got home and her tail 'wagged' when she saw us, it only moved 2 inches but that's still way better than what she's been for the last few days.
The results came back for rat lungworm and the vet said she doesn't have it. He did some muscle fibre test (mum couldn't remember what) and the levels should be around 200-500 - hers were 8000, which means her muscles are destroying themselves (venomous snake bite victims are usually around 12000). So she's on steroids to try and stabilize her and then if the levels are down to around 2000 on Monday, the vet will start managing her for an autoimmune disease.
Honestly, I don't think things are looking good but we will try to stay positive
We're at the airport, plane was meant to leave at 9am so we were here at 5:30am but now the flight has been delayed until 1pm so lots of waiting! Plus then a 15hr flight and it will only be 9am when we land in LA!. My sister just sent me a video of roxy moving her head around - she hasn't been able to do that until today! And her rear leg moved about 4 inches by itself plus (best of all) she's able to move from flat on her side to half on her sternum (see photo) and hold herself there for 30 or so seconds. That's massive improvement from yesterday! I'm a bit hopeful now, steroids and being at home are great for her!
She is definitely loving being home ! Best tonic for anyone !
Heaps and Heaps of Good Luck Wishes and !
PITA - having to wait - hey ?
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