Please help~ hind leg issues

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My girl is almost 5yrs. old. She recently had a small mass removed on her chest and shortly after she started having her back legs shake while she sits. Then it progressed to having difficulty standing up from laying position. She has very little appetite and is very sad. She has been to the vet several times with no real diagnosis. Blood work states no infection although she's losing protein in her urine. She is on two pain medications and now the vet thinks she may have a pinched nerve in her neck. Any information would be greatly appreciated as my baby girl has definitely changed in the last few weeks from hyperactive to lethargic.

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Dobie hugs from Minnesota!! I feel your pain! Our lex was found to have a slipped disk after X-rays were done and although he is "disabled" he is happy. Seeing one of your children in pain is the hardest thing by far!! Has your vet done X-rays? I would definitly crate restrict her. Give her the rest. If she isn't eating maybe try boiled chicken and rice with some added water to help hydrate her. Please keep us informed on her progress!!

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What is the medication?

I agree to restrict her activity while you are diagnosing.

dont put her on any form of predisone unless its your only option.

Switch to foods high in omegas (tuna) and if you can afford, ones with glucosamine.

This will strengthen cartlidge and ligament to stabilise nerve passages through the neck.

 

Keep us updated, hope all progresses well.

 

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No xray as my bank has been emptied. Unfortunately. She has allergies and we don't feed her chicken. What kind of rice or other foods?

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Boiled hamburger works too. And we used regular white rice. I'm sure wheat works too. We boil so that the fats are easily rinsed away.  With lex we do some message along his spine, heating pads and ice packs to help ease tension without use of too many pain meds. Something I did that my two legged boys thought was "so mom of me" was when lex was crate restricted we used furniture and lots of blankies instead so he wasn't as "confined" being the top was open and he was able to be petted while we sat on couch. I would also go in and sit with him and just relax with him while we watched t.v.  My heart wouldn't let me get passed the idea that when I can't walk well the last thing I would want would be to be caged away from the fam!!! 

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Thanks. I made rice with 1 cooked egg. She loved it! She was much happier today. My girl doesn't use a crate. She hangs out on the couch since she has been unwell and not her self. She was actually playing outside today. I'm hopeful.

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It's important to understand how Arachidonic Acid and other fatty acids work together. AA omega 6 is used to repair damaged cells but causes inflammation. Omega 3s are used in a specific ratio that controls the speed of repair and inflammation. Dha and EPA are used to reduce the damaging effects of AA. In English, you shouldn't feed them refined products like white rice. Boiling mince leaves only the protein, removing b12, essential vitamins including iron and zinc. My dobes love white rice like crack cocaine because it's pure carbohydrate energy and likely why your pup is showing better behavior but be wary of the underlying problem being masked. Hopefully it's all good news for you though from here. Get well soon.

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oh dear I keep reading these stories of health issues and I feel so bad for you all, I know the feeling of chasing these things and not getting anywhere, having to become your dog's detective - know you are all in my thoughts

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Update on Amy. She is now on gabapentin only. Not crying. She has gained 2 pounds back. She is having gourmet food. Rice, boiled hamburger, hard boiled eggs carrots and peas what a meal for a dog. More energy and happily wagging her little tail. Some good days and some bad. I really hope she comes out of this. Still has weak back legs,but we have seen improvements. Unfortunately we still don't know the cause of this. Thanks for the advice.

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Glad to hear she is doing better but sad that she is still having symptoms - is there anything else they intend to do to track down the cause??

PS - what was the result of pathology on the mass that was removed?

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Mass was fat cells,not cancerous. No further test will be done at this time. Still very weak/stiffness in hind legs

was her blood workup normal? Do you live in a area with Lymes? If so, I'd make sure they test for it. 

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Yes. Normal. She was tested 2 times for Lyme disease and test was negative

I know it is expensive, but I'd look at some diagnosis in order to either confirm or rule out Wobblers. You can start with x-rays, but the only true way to diagnos wobblers is by MRI or Mylogram.  

Beyond that, I'd look seriously at finding a vet chiropractic and maybe some acupuncture to see if it helps.