I have a 14 year old daughtson female. She has had a lump on her tummy for a while now. We just didnt have the finances to get it removed especally at her age. I have lyme desease so we are strapped. She now has maybe 8 tiny lumps on her tummy. This last month she has been drinking water like shes dying of thirst. She drinks to the point of her belly swelling up. Now for the last two days her back legs wont work one side worse than the other. Yes the side that had the large golf ball lump. She is eating and drinking. I take her out to potty i have to move her because she will sit where she wet. But she cant have a bowel movement. I have tried to hold her up but she doesnt understand what im doing. How can i help her go potty. I know if she dont i will have to take her to the vet. Im so afraid they will want to put her to sleep. Being sick myself im just not ready to do that. But will if i have to. She dont seem to be in pain. She pants when she needs to go. Any ideas how i can help her go dirty.
With all the love in my heart, your girl has worse problems than having to poo. Something is very wrong, with the lumps and all. I do understand being strapped for cash, but in this situation she really must go to the vet. She is not ok!!! It sounds as if she is very, very sick, legs not working is no small issue. Even if your option due to finances might be euthanasia, it could be better than what's going on.. In the least, the vet could make you aware of what is going on so that you can make decisions. I know that you say she doesn't appear to be in pain, but legs not working? If there is ever a reason to absolutely need to visit the vet, this is it. She desperately needs medical attention, now. This problem is not going to go away because she has a bowel movement. I wish all the best.
Edited to add-- I do not mean to sound preachy or judgemental, and I really do understand not going to the vet unless it is an extreme emergency-- I have been there myself. But your girl's situation is an extreme emergency if I ever heard one. Like the title of your post says, your dachshundneeds help!
***Edited By: shinyblackpit on 11/16/2009 1:02:39 AM*** Reason: added
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Like Shiny, I am also empathetic to your financial situation, but agree with her and LPN. Contrary to our grandparents' beliefs, a bowel movement does not cure everything. You really need to get your girl to a vet. You have so many issues with her health that there is no other way to properly care for them.
What you are describing could be a series of minor issues, easily addressed with a change in diet, medication and time or they could be serious issues or even a combination of both. There is no way to tell without a vet check.
The lumps may be totally unrelated to her other issues, could simply be "fatty deposits" or cysts or they could be something entirely different and far more serious.
You have a breed well known for disc/back problems. Back problems equal leg problems. Heavy panting to let you know she needs to go out is not usual or the norm.
Rest assured, the last thing a vet wants to do is to put someone's much loved pet to sleep. If it is something they suggest, it is only because they feel that the pet is suffering greatly and there is no hope of correcting the problem by prolonging his/her life.
Don't feel that because of your girl's age, that would be the vet's first suggestion. A decision like that is based on the animal's health, quality of life and well-being.
Good luck and let us know how you're both doing.
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The lumps could be fat tumors called lipomas. They in themselves are not life threatening...However something else is going on here. If the dog cannot eliminate, that would be some sort of blockage due to either a tumor, or constipated beyond normal...have you tried a laxative? a mineral oil enema or glyceryn suppository might help here. a very SMALL dose of ex lax or milk of magnesia? If so and still no poop, then I would think a tumor is blocking the path, your dog will get toxic and die a most awful death...there is no shame in putting down a dog because of finances.You are not failing your dog or taking the "easy way out" you are giving it the final gift, to eliminate the suffering... I'm so sorry you're ill and yes, the compounds your illness. Hopefully this will resolve itself, but if not, I'm very sorry. This is a tough decision to have to make.