desperate for some outside input. We have a 10 year old golden retriever- best dog ever! He is currently rapidly losing the ability to use his hind legs. Can barely get up and when he does has difficultly walking and tires quickly.
We were told by his vet (vet has been his dr. since birth) said that it was neurological. It has progressed E-X-T-R-E-M-L-Y quickly from about 3-4 wks ago when we noticed he started having difficultly getting up. About a little over a month ago (don't know if this is the cause but when things started going wrong)he got very, very sick one morning and threw-up several times, was drinking alot of water and didn't eat very much. Vet said it was probably a bug that he ate that stung him in his mouth. After that his appetite still wasn't great. Took him to the vet- in short, didn't like the sound of his heart- sounded weak- long story short, he had an abnormal left ventricle and noticed his difficultly- said he was losing muscle strength or could be hip displesa. Cardiac Specialist said it could be thyroid or beginning stages of a heart disease (the weak sounding heart) At the time he had a bladder infection. Waited for that to clear and did additional Blood work revealed that he had a slow thyroid. Was put on medication. This was about 3 wks ago and it was around this time that he started having trouble getting up. We went on vacation for a week- family members took turns staying at the house, said he had some difficultly getting up but nothing major. When we got home, he could barely get up and things have just got continuely worse. Vet was even surprised as to how far it has progressed. He has his good moments where it is difficult but he can do it and moments where he can't even get up. He is begining acupuncture and on some herbal/chinese supplements.
We were thinking about it last night and noticed all of this began when he "possibly ate a bug". Curious if anyone else has experienced this and if it is just age/breed or symptoms of a disease from a parasite?
Awww, unfortunately I don't have anything to add. I just felt rude to click out. Wanted to let you know that I read your post about your beloved baby and I hope all works out. He sounds great, I can tell you love him very much
Awww, so sorry to hear about you furr buddy, I had a simular problem with my GSD a month or so back, though on as severe as what you are going through nor is my dog as old as yours( 7), however, wh had just moved to TX and Max has always been an inside dog, I was staying with my daughter and my son in law decided to "let him out, he had never been just turned loose, I always keep him on a leash, that evening he just wasn;t acting right, lathargic, not wanting to eat, slow heart rate, when I tried to get him to get up he had trouble with his hind quarters, stumbling and so forth,decided to watch him for the night and call the vet ASAP the next morning, while grooming that evening(hoping to stimulate him a little) I noticed a spot on his tail up close to his rump that was oozing puss~ he had been bitten by something in their yard that was poisionus, we are still not sure what it was but the vet lanced it and put him on antibotics and antibotic ointment and after about 2 weeks he started showing improvement, Look your dog over (every inch of him) and see if maybe he has an old bite or wound~ it's just and idea, but at this point anything is worth a try, hey?
If people were more like animals the world would be a better place...