newly adopted hav is yelping/trembling...experience with this?
We just adopted a rescue havanese. He's roughly 1-2 yrs old.
I had another dog, a lab/pit mix we lost to cancer earlier this fall (was her doggy mummy from puppy to 12 yrs old. we went through a leg amputation this summer, to prolong her life after a cancer diagnosis. we did all we could, but by October, she was suffering too much, and there was nothing the vet could do. I include this for two reasons: 1.) after going through that with my kiki, i trust this vet very much. 2.) we aren't posting from square one. we've been working on this issue for a couple of weeks, and consider ourselves pretty attentive dog owners. we don't hesitate to seek veterinary care, and have been working on this issue for nearly two weeks.)
our new guy, Zangy, is the sweetest dog. he's got all the great traits that havs are known for. he's awesome, and we fell in love with him right away.
the rescue group we got him from didn't know very much about him. he was picked up as a stray in california, and admitted into a high-kill shelter. the rescue group saved him, and transported him up to wa state (where we adopted him.)
we don't know his history, whether he was abused, came from a puppy mill, neglected, etc. i don't know how long he was a stray, and how traumatizing that may have been.
for the first couple of weeks, he was fine. he was healthy and adjusting well. then suddenly, he started to have yelping fits. obviously a serious cause for concern. we got him to the vet, and we can't get him to exhibit the behavior at the vets. we did xrays from different angles, and have run blood tests. the first set of xrays showed a bit of constipation, but no blockage. with some miralax, we were able to get his movements back to normal. we were hoping that he was just a vocal/sensitive dog, and the discomfort of constipation was the problem. no such luck. the second set of xrays show no constipation or bloat. yet he continues to have yelping episodes.
the vet does not see any indicators of hip dysplasia, joint inflammation, or spinal problems (discs, etc.) He's got that long hav back, and i thought it must be a back problem. nope.
no infections. no other symptoms (no vomiting, diarrhea, discharge anywhere.) blood tests don't show anything.
vet would like to do ultrasound or special blood test to rule out pancreatitis. it looks like we are going to opt for the ultrasound w/in next couple of days.
we spent close to $4000 on our other dog recently (even with pet insurance), as she needed surgery, and treatment. we aren't well-off, but we did use whatever money we could scrape up, and it financially exhausted us for awhile. my husband had been looking for a job that whole time. we really need to make good decisions about what to opt for, in finding out and treating what's wrong with our new little guy, so we don't spend money on the wrong tests if it can be helped. this is why i'm wondering if anybody else has any similar experiences, or suggestions? it's pretty heartbreaking to witness his yelping episodes. we want to do everything we can for him.
he's become withdrawn, and only wants to respond to me. his legs shake and he yelps. he rests his head on the wall, kennel, me, etc, almost as if he doesn't like to lay down. he's up to date on his shots.
we're going to keep ruling out physical diseases/disorders/injuries. could this be mental? do havs have a tendency to be very sensitive breeds? i'm just wondering if any abuse in his past can manifest as ptsd-like symptoms? what does everybody think? could it be some nerve-related disorder? i am asking these same questions of the vet, but any possibly relevant info from others is very welcome!
Last edited by cece1978; 11-18-2013 at 06:14 PM.
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