|Barked: Wed Feb 4, '09 6:01pm PST |
|Im reaching out to fellow griff owners to see if anyone else has had the experiences I have had. My dog Ernie is 4 and half years old and he has developed odd symptoms that the vets cannot diagnose. It started about 4 months ago when he had the first spell which involved constant sitting, flipping his head backwards as if to tell me something was bothering him in his rear area, and loud frustrated sounding barks and crys. (Mind you my griff is too tough to be pitiful so he gets mad instead)
Initially thinking it was an anal gland issue I brought him to the vet multiple times, had xrays, and bloodwork done and still the symptoms remained. He ate and pooped fine. It came down to the possibility of it being a back issue or syringomyelia, or which he showed none of the other symptoms for both diagnosis, being weakness in hind legs for disc issues, and neck scratching and gait deficiencies for syringomyelia. Just as I was about to consuslt a neurologist and get and MRI for my poor guy he seemes to all of a sudden stop complaining. Mind you he had been on anti inflammatories Rimadyl and Tramadol for the entire duration. So that brings us to now, i thought he had an acute episode , hurt himself somehow, and i dodged at 3500 dollar bullet at the neuro. But he has a few days ago started to exhibit the same symptoms. Starting him on pain meds right away has possibly minimized the severity, but if i had to describe the symptoms they are ususally at first walk after sleeping. Morning, when i return from work they are most apparent. (also the times right before pain meds administered) And I have noticed that it affects his bowel movements in that he usually is quite the pooper and he has only been pooping 2 x a day. Seems to be most distured around bowel movement time and much more comfortable after. (But again these times overlap with just waking, and after work, and when pain meds are administered) So i could quite possible still be a back issue and not a bowel movement issue as strain is being placed on the lower back to pass a movement. Anyway im kind of at a loss of what to do to help my guy. Do i just wait it out again? Go for the big bucks MRI only to have them tell me its a back issue and suggest either surgery or pain management?
Basically im just reaching out to see if anyone else has ever encountered any of these symptoms. I mean my Ernie still jumps up on things, hump his stuffed girlfriend, and plays with my other puppy.....it just seems so unexplainable and frustrated the both of us . HELP!
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