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#303828 - 12/22/13 08:07 PM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom]
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Originally Posted By: companionmom
Yes. He will have to have a blood pannel every 6 months

We are going in for a MRI tomorrow. For more dx, as if now from what can bee seen via radiograph its a cord injury. I know he was thrown after a convy inturruption on his last deployment.

So for now im sedating him and crossing our fingers and praying for a decent tax return for all these mounting vet bills

Oh wow. The poor boy has seen his share it sounds like.

I'm glad to hear that the vet is on top of the blood testing, etc. Many aren't, so we make sure to always mentioned it, just in case.

I will send good thoughts for him and your tax return - thank you for taking such good care of this boy!
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#303894 - 12/23/13 01:51 PM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom]
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Long day today.

Verdict is in

Pinched sacral nerve and extremely wrecked hips.

Yes will medicate with pain management, and titrate off as necessary-but for the pain...if increases beyond that we are looking at making a very difficult decision within the yr.

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#303895 - 12/23/13 02:35 PM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom]
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Originally Posted By: companionmom
Verdict is in

Pinched sacral nerve and extremely wrecked hips.

Yes will medicate with pain management, and titrate off as necessary-but for the pain...if increases beyond that we are looking at making a very difficult decision within the yr.

That is a very painful condition, in both dogs and humans, speaking from personal experience in both.

I would strongly encourage you to see a consultation with a certified chiropractor (not a VOM pracitioner). I have had the best experiences with those that are also chiros for humans, probably something to do with having more experience and doing this on a daily basis, though I fully expect some vet chiros are very good also. The right care could save your boy's life, and that's not being dramatic www.avcadoctors.com

hugging I'm sorry.

Did you talk about joint supplements and most importantly adequan shots?
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#303901 - 12/23/13 03:00 PM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: MaxaLisa]
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You are such a caring owner, you truly turn over every stone to help your dear boy. I am so sorry that he has a pinched sacral nerve. You are doing wonderful and kind things for him in your care of his condition. hugging

My suggestion would be a good veterinary acupuncturist. I have a pinched nerve due to a vertebra being out of alignment. Acupuncture brings relief. I am wishing you and your fella all the best!
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#304535 - 12/30/13 01:18 PM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: Braverhund]
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I know it's hard to arrange things around Christmas, but I really hope that you can follow some of the suggestions here and give Handsome some relief, rather than the opiate (?) or whatever painkillers. You paint such a wonderful place for him in your family.

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#305088 - 01/04/14 11:44 PM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: MaxaLisa]
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Sooooooo I have questions....

1.what in the #$@@ could be causing. Handsome to breathe so rapid all the time?
His heartworm test was neg. His heart is a little smaller than it should be, his blood labs all came back great, hhe breathes so darn fast and deep ....like he just got done running-but it's all the time. The Dr's say its bc of his back-but I'm calling bs.
Bc he does it when he's on his pain meds too. The only time he doesn't is when he take his p.m. sedative (ace-something rather) so he wont gain weight bc hes breathing so fast all the time-and he's normal otberwise. ..

My head hurts
And my wallet does even more so!

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#305091 - 01/05/14 12:44 AM Re: underweight, lack of appetite,rapid breathing [Re: companionmom]
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It could be pain, and if medicated, it could then be the drugs.

If the heart is undersized, the question is whether that is normal, or if that is from a different process, where the fluids in the body are not properly controlled by hormones and/or transmitters. This is sometimes seen in dogs with Addison's, but they should also see that the pulmonary vasculature (I think I have those names right) would also be not normal.

Chronic infection can make him pant more, such as a tick disease, or some of the diseases that we may not have tests for - may depend where he was before. Would be interesting to see his bloodwork.

I will say that I had a shepherd that had some issues like this. Ultrasounds, echocardiograms, xrays, blood tests, we never found out exactly what it was. I did find that this product helped the most: http://gaiaherbs.com/products/detail/5/Adrenal-Health- We had no explanation for why it helped, but we guessed it was either hormonal or a neurotransmitter.


Edited by MaxaLisa (01/05/14 01:27 AM)
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