Hi, I'm new here. I've been doing lots of research trying to figure out what is wrong with my Boston Terrier. Candy turned 7 in Jan. At the end of Dec. 08 I took her to the vet along with a urine sample because she had wet my sons bed twice in her sleep. (She has slept with him for 7 yrs and this had never happened before.) They decided that she probably had an Estrogen Deficiency and put her on Proin 50, 1/4 - 1/2 tablet 2x's a day. Right away it seemed to effect her nervous system. She lost her appetite and would shake a bit. Otherwise she still loved to chase the tennis ball, etc. The Proin didn't seem to help the fact that she was then wetting her bed, now sleeping in the kitchen, whenever she slept. This past Tuesday, a month and a half from when the urinating started, she didn't want to chase the ball, but enjoyed following our other Boston while she chased it. All of a sudden Candy fell back on her bottom and tipped over as though she would have a seizure, but as soon as I started petting her she was fine and ran to the house to go in as if nothing had happened. I immediately took her off of the Proin. The vet did bloodwork, urine test and x-rays. Blood was fine, urine showed raised level of white cells and x-rays are waiting to be read by a radiologist because there is one vertebrae that is slightly lower than the others. Sometimes this week she would stand there and yip as if she had a sharp pain. She just prefers to lay on her bed to get comfortable and seems weak when she walks. Occassionally she seems to lose her balance and fall, twice even rolling completely over, then I help her to her bed. Tomorrow I am going to my vet to get them to do paperwork since I need a referral to go to a Neurologist. I had thought that this may be a brain or spinal tumor, but now have been reading a bit about meningitis. Hopefully I will get some answers this week. Candy has gone from an active, athletic wonderful 7 yr old dog to a dog that spends 95% of her day laying down. If anyone has any suggestion on what could be going on I'd love to here them. Sorry this is so long. Thanks! ********update********SAD!!******
***Edited By: JDinVA on 2/20/2009 6:47:14 PM*** Reason: ***update***
Hi so sorry to hear of your baby. Do you think there might be spine damage. Being 7 years of age they do tend to feel their age a little. Maybe she hurt herself when jumping off your sons bed. The running along and falling suggest this.
[quote]urine showed raised level of white cells[/quote]
This to me sounds like UTI. Did your vet say anything about this or give you any medications?
When all of this first started I took in a urine sample that came back fine. When I took one in on Wed. the white cell count was up so she gave me some Baytril for UTI and said that if it may upset her stomach. Well it did. So now they want me to bring her in for a shot. But she has had many symptoms going on that can point to several causes. Tonight she was laying on her bed panting so I took her temp. but it was fine. The muscles in her hind legs were twitching a lot. I plan to go in to my vets office in the morning and get them to ste up the referral. Thanks for your response.
I'm so sorry to hear about your baby. It sounds to me likes she neeeds the attention of a neurologist ASAP, and I'm glad you're on to that. Did your vet x-ray her spine? Some Bostons have an extra vertebrae, and she might be one of them. The loss of bladder control could easily be a result of the spine, if it's not normal. Please let us know how she is, and here's a ((big Smooch))for her little chops.
Thank you for your kind reply! Yes the vet did xray her spine. In it you can see that one vertebrae is slightly lower than the others in the middle of her back. The vet then told me that they are not radiologists & couldn't really tell if that was an issue :( But then told me that I can pay $70 to have a radiologist look at it, which I am doing.(ridiculous!) I am off to the vets right now to get them to do my referral. If they can't get me in today or tomorrow I will take her in as an emergency patient. She had an uncomfortable night, but after having her chicken baby food this morning for breakfast she seems perkier. I'll keep you posted :)
Over the years I've seen that dip in the backs of Bostons, and never knew what it was, until I went to a show years ago, and met a breeder of many years who was giving me a lesson on conformation (more like a running commentary). Any way, that's when she first pointed out the dogs with the dips. She then said, watch them from the beck, and I did ,seeing them both hop and skip and throw both back legs to the side. (a little hard to explain). Since then I've been loking out for that, and my favourite dog has it.I have not thus far, had the pain and lack of motion, that your poor little girl has, in my dogs. I wish you both the very best, and a quick solution to Candy's problems. My advice is to seek the advice and treatment for your dog from a vet who has a hot clue about Bostons, and brachycephalic dogs in general. In fact, I would definitely change vets, even with a neurologists advice. Good luck, and let us know what is happening. Just curious, are you in Canada, I know a vet who breeds Bostons?
That's very interesting about the movement from behind. When Candy runs after her ball she has always run a bit, then added some hops in there. I always thought it was kinda cute (ignorant me), because she has never shown back pain, until now. We currently have 2 Bostons & had two previous that lived very long lives. We got Candy from someone that had only been breeding for a few years. I know that any dog can have issues, but it really pays to buy from an experienced breeder that have raised generations with no major health problems. I now know a lady that has never had problems with any of her Bostons that she breeds & shows. By the way, I live in Virginia. I will be using this same vet to give my horse his shots, but otherwise I will be going elsewhere for sure. I have an appointment for first thing in the morning for Candy to see the neurologist that I wanted to take her to. My vet claims that this was something that she was going to suggest. (how did I think of it first?!) Thanks so much for your time and well wishes. We've had many dogs, and I hate to have favorites, but Candy is my very favorite dog I've ever had.
**********UPDATE*********Sad Ending!**** Long Post, sorry!******* Just wanted to let you guys know that I took my Candy to the Neurologist on Tuesday. She said that her xrays look good (no hemivertebrae after all).When they checked her reflexes, it was obvious that something was going on in the left side of her brain because she didn't respond well on the right when the Dr. would turn her knuckles down on her feet while standing. On the left she would immediately put her feet back in the proper position, but on the right she would leave her hind foot in the position that the Dr. put it in. She also started pacing in circles in one direction. She did an MRI of her head which revealed a mass, just to left of center, in her brain with spinal fluid around it. She also did an MRI of her neck & upper back because there was some cloudiness in her spinal cord, which explained the back pain. She called it Syringohydromelia, which in short is when the cerebrospinal fluid is obstructed, in this case because of the tumor, and accumulates. They couldn't do a biopsy of the tumor because it would be too risky. They Neurologist thinks it was a Glioma. So, $3,000 later I took her home with 3 meds, one for pain, Prednisone & an anticonvulsant. Candy was happy to be home and seemed to not regress until 2:30pm the next day when she had her first, very violent seizure. I was to call the Neuro office each time she had one. From that time until 4:00am she had 6. Then she went 7 hours without one and I was starting to think the anticonvulsant may be working. Well, at 10:45 am she had a mild one. From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm she paced the kitchen floor without resting, no matter how much I tried to get her to stop, (except to have another seizure at 11:45). She finally stopped and I held her head in my hands and messaged her face with my thumbs for a minute and she fell asleep only to wake up after 15 minutes to have another seizure. The decision was made to take her to vet to have her put down. 10 seizures in 24 hour was just too much. Watching her go down hill so fast was heartbreaking! She was such a kind, gentle, lovebug. She loved all people & especially enjoyed it when my kids friends spent the night because they would pet her for hours & everyone wanted her to sleep with them. I will miss those beautiful brown eyes that always seemed to gaze so deeply into mine. We thought that we would have Candy in our lives for many more year. She was only 7. I've cried so much more over her than any other dog that I've lost. All of my other dogs were in there teens when they died, so I guess I knew that eventually that day would come. This was a shock. Having our other Boston, Mindy, is helping us through this. She is so different, Candy lived to be cuddled and pet & Mindy lives to play & give kisses. We hope that we are also helping Mindy with her loss. They were best buddies. I know that there are many people that have lost their pets at even a younger age, so I will be thankful for the 7 years that I had. Thank you to those that offered kind words. Sorry this is so long, so thanks for taking the time to read it.
***Edited By: JDinVA on 2/20/2009 8:27:24 PM*** Reason: correct spelling
I an very sorry this happened, i just went thur this with my boston bandit and we had to put him down as well. It's been a few weeks now i still look for him. Take comfort in knowing you did all you could and that candy had a great home for the time you had her.
Shermansmom, I'm sorry that you are going through the same thing! I am a new member, so I didn't see your post on Bandit, but I will look for it. I am curious to know his age because my husband doesn't want to get another Boston since he thinks that they have too many health issues. I have told him that any animal or person can get a brain tumor. I realize that this breed has certain health issues to watch for, as do most dog breeds, but if I get another dog I want the same breed. I've had several different breeds of dogs through the years and can't imagine not having at least one Boston. So far we've lost three, (two to old age). We've had Bostons for 18 wonderful years. We have never had just one dog in the house, so its quite different. This morning when Mindy got up (she sleeps in my bed) I asked her to go out, but she stood in the hall waiting for Candy to come out of my sons room. Its so sad. When I brought Candy home to bury I had Mindy come out to sniff her. I've had vets tell me that this can help them to know that the dog didn't abandon them. I think that she realizes that she's no longer here, but we don't know what goes on in their minds. I think out of habit, Min will continue to wait for Candy to go out with her in the morning.
Bandit was special he was blind. So he wasn't your average boston. He was 14 years old . He had a great life and was my best friend. I have 6 other bostons and all are fine. I think you should stick with them , they are great dogs.
I just read your posts about your Bandit, but I didn't realize that he was blind since birth. You sound like a very special person. Bandit was lucky to have you. I had a dog go blind from cataracts when she was about 12 and she did well for the last 2 years of her life, but later it seemed like she lost her sense of smell & direction and could no longer find her way around and kept bumping into things. I'm glad to hear that you haven't had health issues with your other Bostons. My son & I don't want any other breed. They are perfect for us. The personalities are perfect for us. All of our Bostons have spent so much time with my kids. Plus I'm home all day and have lots of time for them. We got Mindy when she was about 9 months old because the girl that had her thought she was too hyper! (What?? A hyper Boston Terrier?? Imagine that!! Actually, I don't think they are hyper at all, I think they are "enthusiastic".)They kept her in her crate all day, then when they got home she would be really excited, so they put her back in. Mindy can be very silly, but spends just as much time being mellow. Candy was actually very calm, but when company arrived she got excited.
***Edited By: JDinVA on 2/22/2009 10:00:40 AM*** Reason: add a thought
JDinVA, I'm so sorry about your little girl, Candy. I have not lost a Boston for a very long time, and right now, I don't know if I could stand it, no matter which one it is. Candy was a lucky little dog to have such loving parents, and you did everything humanly possible to save her. (((hugs))) ShermansMom, I'm so sorry about your loss of Bandit as well. I know how much you will both miss your dogs, they really do become part of your family. I'm thinking about you both, and sending hugs to Bandit's Mom too.
Thank you Pen2 for the hugs & very kind words! I do feel that I did everything that I could to find out what was wrong and to make her comfortable. It was a lot of money, but they are our kids, too. Plus, seeing the MRI's, I knew what was going on. My son thinks that Mindy is a little depressed, so he just went outside with her to chase the tennis ball (her favorite game). I'm so glad that I found you guys on this forum. Your replies help me more than you can know!