Hind end collapse

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Hind end collapse
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Fri, 08-24-2012 - 9:48pm

Since I adopted him, Comet has had occasions where his back legs seem to have a mind of their own and they don't always go where I know the old boy's brain is headed.  But tonight we were playing fetch the frog for the second time and he simply collapsed.  He couldn't stand, couldn't get his legs under him and was panting heavily.  I assumed the panting was pain, and I was able to lift his hips and get his legs under him enough to steer him to his bed.  He recovered after about 10 minutes and was able to go outside.  I gave him one of Jester's meloxicam pain pills and he is sleeping solidly. 

Anyone have this experience with their old dog?  It's a bit upsetting...

Barbara  

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 12:24pm

Hi Barbara....I'm so sorry that {{{Comet}}} is having this problem.

My ^Samantha^ had this problem quite often in her last year, but she was 16YO when we lost her.  How old is Comet now?

I thought Samantha's problem with arthritis but my vet told me it was actually her spine.  Have you discussed this problem with your vet?  Any conclusions?

Many years ago when my beloved shepherd/collie ^Jebu^ collapsed I didn't know what to think and rushed him to the vet.  It was concluded that he had a bacterial infection (which turned out to be Lyme disease)....and with medication it was cleared up - but eventually it recurred.

Please give Comet an extra hug for me...and I hope he's feeling better soon.

Laura
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Registered: 06-27-2000
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 7:20pm
Comet is 10. It seems more like occasional weakness rather than arthritis. I won't be able to get him in to see our vet before my surgery on Tuesday and then I'm going to be laid up for several weeks. I used to take my Aust. Cattle Dog to a vet who did acupuncture and it did wonders for him. I'll get in touch with her and see what she thinks. Thanks.

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 9:41pm

Oh how scary!  And especially when you will be unable to go to the vet for awhile.  I know it must be worrisome.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 1:28pm
Well I never had had that experience,, and thinking if it happened it would scare me also so I'd be off to the vet to see what to do. (()) Hope he's feeling better,,
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Registered: 06-27-2000
Sun, 08-26-2012 - 1:51pm

My vet is at a conference in Orlando, but he took the time to talk with me.  He thinks Comet may have had a mini stroke or vascular incident, like a small blood clot.  He wants me to start giving him 81mg of aspirin every day. 

We've done "fetch the frog/monkey/hedgehog/ball" a number of times since without the slightest indication of a problem.  I'm going to keep watching, but I'm not going to worry anymore.

Thanks for the support!

Barbara

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Registered: 11-21-2001
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 1:28pm

My vet in NJ was one of the first vets in the state to do acupuncture.  In fact, before we moved he had mentioned that perhaps we should have acupuncture done on my ^Valentine^ since she had been diagnosed with chronic kidney failure; but we lost her before we even got a chance.

I hope that Comet is feeling better.....and good luck with your surgery.

Laura
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Registered: 11-19-2001
Mon, 08-27-2012 - 9:43pm

Sorry I saw this so late Barbara.  I was going to say it's either a pinched nerve or a blood clot.  Meloxicam would do the trick I think and just bed rest.  Of course acupuncture is the best course of action but with your surgery that's out of the question.  It sounds like Comet is alright now.  As you said, no more games for him right now!  You just aren't mobile enough to handle any emergency trips to the vet!  Give Comet hugs for me and good luck with your surgery!!!

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Tue, 08-28-2012 - 10:10am

It sounds like Comet is doing fine now. How scary for you. Hugs!!