My 8 year old lab had been slowing down due to osteoarthritis but recently he didn't want to stand up and it seemed to have gotten worse almost over night. I took him to a general VET as mine was away. The VET looked at him and thought his spine was beginning to fuse (spondylosis or something like that, don't quote me) as well as his arthritis getting worse due to winter so she gave me some anti-inflammatory meds and a 4 course shot of carthrothen. The carthrothen did nothing and the anti-inflams have been helping less and less.
So I went to see my VET and funnily enough the night before I noticed the issue was more pronounced in one leg. The VET also noticed straight away and started to think it was more so a compressed disc or some type of nervous system/spinal cord damage that is effecting the communication between his brain and his leg as well as causing pain.
He said we could either see a specialist or put him on some steroidal medication. We opted to see the specialist first so at least we know what is going on.
This was on Monday and a friend also recommended a local "greyhound chiro" which I saw last night. The guy looked at him, massaged him a little and proceeded to twist and turn him. IMHO I thought he had no idea and I feel bad for ever seeing him as he seemed to be in more pain afterwards (stupid me).
We are supposed to see the specialist tomorrow but now from reading online I am a little concerned and just wanting to know if anyone has had anything similar happen to their dog and what the outcome was.
I'm also sceptical because this particular specialist is located out of this 24/hr emergency place where I know full well they are opportunists who rip people off as they have ripped me off before and others I know.
I have been reading about laser therapy and also steroidal meds and how they can aid in these types of problems especially post-op but more than likely surgery will be required.
If anyone can offer any guidance that would be great because im super stressed at the moment and hoping my dog will be OK and that I wont have to take out as loan for a procedure that may not even work.