Hi all, I found this group by searching google. Im glad I have found it as Im pretty upset and confused about my sick boy Cooper.
I will explain briefly what has happend over the past week and a half..
He is a 6 yr old Corgie X Fox Terrier.
About 2 weeks ago he started becoming sore down the bottom of his spin and every time I pressed it he would yelp, then it started getting worse when I would pick him up he would yelp. He started to be a bit hunched over when he walked and would try find a spot by himself so I wouldnt pick him up and hurt him, he then wouldnt go outside or walk around very much. I was concerned thinking he pulled a disc or something in his back so I took him to the vet and they did an xray on him, the xray showed that he had something near the bottom of his spin but they couldnt say what it was. The vet was sure he was at the beginging stages of arthritis and his spine was inflammed, so he was giving a shot of anti inflammatory and pain management needle, she gave me some steriods to take home to give him over the week.
Over the week he didnt improve, he started getting more pain and it became worse, he was yelping if i moved his head the slightest bit upwards to give him his tablet so I took him back, this time I saw a diff vet, he did blood tests, urine tests and a medical examination, he said it was most likley meningitis possible, viral or bactrial or even Steroid Responsive Meningitis.
Now as the blood/urine tests showed no signs or infection does this mean it could still be meningits? The vet said it can be..I am confused as I dont think they REALLY know and Im very upset. He has been to the vet twice today to get more antibiotic (meningitis treatment) injection and pain relief needle too.
He is in his basket at the moment, with a blanket and the heater near him, he wont get up and walk and he has wee'd himself but I think thats because he is on pain relief which has made him sleepy and a bit un-aware of whats going on.
Im scared as I seen things on the internet about dogs dying from this....Does anyone know if Steroid Responsive Meningitis is caused by being given steroids in the first place? Does this mean my VET caused my dog to get sick? I have spent almost 300 dollars so far for seeing the vet and treatment, they are a well known vets and they have a good reputation. I dont want my dog to die I dont know what I would do, he is like a child to me I love him...
Please help with anything you know, I need some support.....
Thank you, sorry its so long but I REALLY hope someone takes the time to read this and write back.
Lauren, I'm replyng to your post in order to get it moved up so that someone with more knowledge might respond to your questions. I don't know anything about the condition you describe. I did have a ten year old dog that had similar symptoms but it was on her upper spine near her neck. After a round of pain killers to treat possible pinched nerve our vet sent us to a specialist who thought it might be a ruptured disc. The only way to have a diagnosis confirmed was to get an expensive MRI which did reveal an inoperable tumour. I am sorry to be telling you a discouraging tale but you may need to get a second opinion as a regular vet should be sending you on if his treatments are not working and he has no other ideas. It's hard to watch our 'babies' suffer. I hope you get some helpful answers soon.
Well on Saturday our family German Shepherd that was almost 10 years old was put to sleep because of his Meningitis he could not walk or stand and was in a bad way. Today is 2 days on and it is really hard to deal with but i have spent most of the day reading about Meningitis and all.
All i can tell you is dont leave it take him to different vets or specialists. Seeing my dog go was one of the hardest things i have ever done and i only made this account to msg you and tell you to get help dont leave it cause as i have read on the net is that you can treat it if its at an early stage. With my dog it was just too late and i dont want that to happen to you.
I hope you get it treated and your dog recovers. Goodluck
hey when i saw this problem i decide to send this message. You should try and ask the vet for pain killer and when you want to hold your dog then make sure that you have heat and then pick up his basket. When you go to ask the vet about pain killer see if you they can take some other test to make sure that it's the right problem.
Hi - I have a 1 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dog who does have steriod responsive meningitis... Prednisone is the only thing that helps him...He started with extreme pain in his back and neck...He would yelp if you touched his back..He would urinate and just lay there in it... Our vet started him on 20mg of pred. 2x a day and weened him off from there..We also started him on immuran...its an immunosuppressive drug...The dogs body is attacking itself...I know a lot about this and it sounds like what your dog has...The pred. is a miracle drug ...the effects take place usually within 24 hours your dog should be up, walking, happy, playing..ask your vet..
My York was fine at 10am and and a different dog at 11:30am...brought to vet by 2pm. Symptoms: unsteady..temp.103...body jumping when touched...head wobbling...lethargy...could not really walk..looked out of it. Dr thought meningitis, did blood test and wanted to send to vet hospital to neurologist for spinal tap... I described my financial situation and begged vet to put on meds..steroids and antibiotics immediately, if meningitis, dog will respond in hours. . She did hesitantly, and made me promise emergency care if condition got worse. My York was a new dog in a matter of hours!!! Thank god...and thank god I didn't have to go to emergency hospital, I would be about $3000.00 in debt right now. I understand the vets want to do all the testing to be safe and I have paid a fortune in the past, but this was not an option for me at this time. It's a terrible feeling to not be able to do everything possible right away. If anyone else finds themselves in this position, please beg vet to put on meds immediately and promise if not better soon you will go to hospital. My dog is still on steroids and doing great! I pray she stays that way.