Saturday morning, my Jack Russell (Ellie) who is 8 years old did not get out bed. I thought she was just tired and did not think about it until about an hour later when I noticed she was still in the bed. I checked on her and she was not her usual chipper self so I picked her up and took her outside. When I put her down she just collapsed and acted like she was trying to get up but just couldn't. I immediately freaked and raced to my vet's office. They ran blood tests which all came back normal and after a lot of diliberation there best diagnosis was either a brain lesion or a pinched nerve in her neck. My vet sent us home with Predisone and antibiotics. Ellie over the next 24 hours just layed next to me and would not move. Sunday evening she seemed to be having a seizure since every muscle was just so tensed up and she would not respond to my voice. I again raced her to the emergency vets this time where the very nice doctor informed me that without an MRI there is no way to tell if Ellie has a lesion on her brain. I would need to take her to Washington DC which is the closest hospital that has this capability. She further said that should the MRI show a brain lesion or a spinal tap proves to be meningitis then the docs are going to prescribe the very same medicines that Ellie are on now and the outcome would not change. She said that Ellie will still most likely not improve. I am of course heart broken over this as my dogs are my children, they are all I have and I am all they have. Has anyone had to go through this that can shed some light? Ellie has always been a very active girl and to see her not able to stand and be the active companion she has been is breaking my heart. She is in no pain per the vet but what type of quality life will she have if she cannot move. Please help!
This will probably start a discussion, but if it is a pinched nerve, try a Chiropractor. I had an old lab that could not squat to pee, go up steps or barely get up and down. After two visits she was running up the steps, squatted to pee and was rolling on my concrete patio to scratch her back. I am not sure they could help a brain lession, but they certainly can help spinal issues. There is now classes that vet and chiropractors can take. It teaches the vets spinal manipulation and the chiropractors the bone structures of animals. My vet has done horses, lure coursing dogs and several of my dogs.