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doodlecrazy

So the last week or so my 2.5 year old setter has been having a difficult time getting up from laying down. I checked his pads/toes and everything looks fine. Took him to the vets and his temperature is normal and they performed various range of motion exercises with nothing abnormal. Last night when I get home from work he stayed on the couch and did not come to greet me; that's a first in the 2 years I've had him. When he did finally manage to pick himself up he hopped off the couch and his back legs buckled underneath him. I had to physically pick his back end up so he could stand. After he walks around for 10 seconds he seems totally fine, no apparent pain, eating and drinking normal, peeing and pooping normal. It's been so cold here the last few weeks I haven't ran him much but usually he rips around the yard when I let him outside, he hasn't been doing that lately either. He also usually follows my wife and I everywhere around the house but that has greatly diminished as well. Will be calling the vet again today to make a follow up appointment but just wanted to see what you all suggest I have them look at/consider. I'm perplexed and certainly don't like seeing my young boy suffering. Thanks all.

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Brad Eden

The first thing that comes timing is Lyme? Mine all test positive for the antibody despite all preemptive and precautionary measures but none showed symptoms.

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doodlecrazy
1 hour ago, Brad Eden said:

The first thing that comes timing is Lyme? Mine all test positive for the antibody despite all preemptive and precautionary measures but none showed symptoms.

That's what I thought too Brad but my vet said you usually see an elevated temperature and Morgan's was fine. I'm going to have them run a full tick test though to see if a tick disease is the culprit.

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Gunsmoke

In this part of the world you take a dog to the vet with those symptoms the first thing any vet is going to do is a Lymes test. Hmmmm.

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tut

Anaplasmosis perhaps.  Get the full blood workup for sure. 

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Brad Eden

Keep us posted.

 

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doodlecrazy

Will do Brad. Headed to the vets in 20 minutes for blood work/x-rays. Fingers crossed.

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doodlecrazy

Just got home from picking up Morgan. All his tick tests came back negative. Had x-rays done of his hips and knees and everything looks fantastic. What we did find looks to be a case of intervertebral disc disease. What I gathered is either through trauma or a genetic component, his vertebral disc is not acting like the shock absorber it's supposed to. We only found this between his L-4 and L5 vertebrae and it's not pushing against his spine so surgery is not required. He's on anti-inflammatory medication and a strict 6 week rest. The vet said it's similar to when you tweak your back. Resting should allow for scar tissue to form around the disc and hopefully heal itself. Obviously my concern is if this will hamper him in the future and if it has any negative effects on him as he ages. Hunting woodcock is hard enough on a dog, let alone one with a bad back. I've had pretty poor luck with my dogs health in the past and this one is especially heart breaking. My first lab, Gauge, had hip dysplasia at less than 2 years old that severely limited his hunting time and eventually led to putting him down when he was only 6. My black lab, Kobi, was healthy, minus the typical sticks in the eye/cut pads, until age 8 when he went through 2 ACL surgeries and is now retired. I really hope Morgan can be a healthy, happy, pain-free companion for as long as possible but this news really sucks.

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gunsrus

Man you've had some kinda poor luck . My Setter Tuukka had a major collision with one of the older dogs at 4 months old . He had similar symptoms but with rest and anti inflammatories at 4 now he is fine . Good luck . 

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Brad Eden

Sorry to hear it, but there is hope. Stay positive.

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dogrunner

Give him the rest longer than 6 weeks and hopefully it will help him.   My pointer had a bad front wheel last summer so took her to the vet he said rest and some meds once off the meds it came back.  Through the hunting season she limped after the hunt but she made the season, when it was over we took her to a Specialist, they said rest and it could take a year but he thought she would be fine. Ok no running all spring or summer, plus she was a jumper I moved her to a kennel where she couldn't do that as much. This season she was Fine, it took a long time but it went away. 

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DTB

Hoping for a full recovery.

Hang in there.

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doodlecrazy

Thanks all, seeing him this way just breaks my heart.

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VizslavsBird

If they said crate rest, from what I have learned its a crate just big enough to turn around and lay down.  Potty on a leash, no play.  Your pups life will suck for the crate rest period, but its better than his life sucking for the balance of his days.   Couldn't convince my wife of this, her dog might have to have surgery. 

 

Best mojo for Morgan.

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Dogwood

Awefully young for IV disc disease.

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