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Question My Jack isn't doing well

It has been forever since I logged into the forum. I was a regular for the longest time. I am relieved to see a lot of familiar names. Jack turned 10 in July. No health issues besides his wonky front legs which we have always known about and took care not to aggravate.

Suddenly at the end of August, he started not wanting to go on extended walks. Then his right rear leg started to lose stability. The vet wasn't sure if it was a pinched nerve or slipped disc but since he was still mobile and not acting in pain, we decided to go with anti-inflammatory meloxicam and restricted movement. Minor improvement. His hips moved freely but his right leg was weak.

Then we added physical therapy. He did the exercises really well but continued to lose muscle tone. This past weekend was horrid. Jack was uncomfortable and edgy. He couldn't stand for long and lost his balance a lot. Back to the vet again. His right hip is now frozen. New blood screenings. One of his blood proteins is very low (albumin) which could mean a kidney problem or worse. Also his ionized calcium level is too high which isn't promising.

Now we have added gabapentin for pain management. Xrays will be done on Thursday. We have an appointment with a neurologist on Nov. 2. I am trying not to burst into tears but it is starting to look dismal.

Do anyone have a similar story or can offer some advice?

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I am so sorry to hear about poor Jack. My Mia once had a disc problem and it did affect how she walked. She was ďoffĒ and appeared to be in pain. But it did come on gradual. The diagnosis was IVDD, however we never did an MRI which is really the only way for certain to tell. She did strict crate rest and anti-inflammatory drugs for 8 weeks and she made a full recovery. That was when she was seven and she is now twelve. She has not had another disc episode since then. However, she has been restricted from jumping on and off furniture and from doing stairs since that time since they said that increases the chances of it happening again. If you are going to a neurologist I would think that that would advise if they think it is IVDD. Of course your problem could be something completely different. I am glad you are getting it checked out and wish you the very best. I know how scary this is and I feel your pain.
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I am so sorry to hear about poor Jack. My Mia once had a disc problem and it did affect how she walked. She was ďoffĒ and appeared to be in pain. But it did come on gradual. The diagnosis was IVDD, however we never did an MRI which is really the only way for certain to tell. She did strict crate rest and anti-inflammatory drugs for 8 weeks and she made a full recovery. That was when she was seven and she is now twelve. She has not had another disc episode since then. However, she has been restricted from jumping on and off furniture and from doing stairs since that time since they said that increases the chances of it happening again. If you are going to a neurologist I would think that they would advise if they think it is IVDD. Of course your problem could be something completely different. I am glad you are getting it checked out and wish you the very best. I know how scary this is and I feel your pain.
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Iím sorry you both are going through that. I hope the X-rays give you some answers so you donít have to wait as long. Is the neurologist going to look at his spine?
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I’m so sorry for what you and Jack are going through!!!!! I can’t imagine how scared and helpless you must feel. It sounds like you are doing all that can be at this time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sweet Jack!
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Oh, Pam! I am so sorry! Iím glad to see you back on the forum, but not for this reason. Iíve never heard anything like this, but prayers and warm wishes coming for you and Jack!

Your vet has most likely already thought of this and done this, but Iíll mention it just in CASE it hasnít been considered... we are in New England and ticks do such strange things. Has he been checked for tick borne diseases?
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We aren't doing 'strict' crate rest. He is still wandering about the living room. Do you think we should be even more confining? Jack isn't really moving around much. It has been about 7 weeks, he has only gotten worse.

I didn't ask about tickborne diseases. I will. Jack gets the vaccine and we spray for ticks.
Thanks for the advice and virtual hugs...
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We aren't doing 'strict' crate rest. He is still wandering about the living room. Do you think we should be even more confining? Jack isn't really moving around much. It has been about 7 weeks, he has only gotten worse.

I didn't ask about tickborne diseases. I will. Jack gets the vaccine and we spray for ticks.
Thanks for the advice and virtual hugs...
Even if he gets the Lyme vaccine, itís not 100% effective, and it does nothing to protect against other tick diseases. I would definitely have them rule them out, just because tick diseases can be so wierd and can definitely present as strange unexplained lamness.
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