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hurtbs
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Helpless  Posted: 2:33 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

I just got back from the vet. I have an 8 year old mastiff. She has always been in great health. She has a very high pain tolerance - broke her tail, didn't act like she even noticed, quick cut at groomer, walked around spreading gore and acted like she didn't notice.

Last night she was clearly distressed - panting heavily and pacing. I figured it was the stress of teh new environment so put her in her crate for the night. This morning, she didn't want food unless I brought it to her (she's highly food motivated). I came home to check on her at lunch adn she didn't even get out of her crate to greet me.

I just got back from the vet. They did a physical exam. It's not bloat (thank god). They don't want to do invasive tests on her as they're pricy and, well, invasive. So they gave her a steroid shot and some pain meds. I also left with referrals if she gets worse.

The vet told me that she may have injured her back and just need to heal. HOwever, it could be neurological, could be cancer, could be a myriad of things. Mastiffs don't live very long and when they go downhill, they go downhill fast.

I'm so worried and sad right now. There's nothing I can do but wait and see.


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Default  Posted: 2:47 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

(((Hurts dog)))

I hope she's feeling better soon and doesn't require anything more then the shots she got.

Do Mastiffs have hip problems like other large breeds?


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Default  Posted: 2:48 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

(((hurtbs)))

I hope it's nothing. I'll be sending good thoughts.


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Default  Posted: 3:02 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

(((hurtbs)))
Hopefully it's something minor like she was stung by something outside.
My first thought was bloat too, how did the vet rule that out? Did she possibly get some food/trash that didn't agree with her? I know my golden would get all panty/pacing when he would have a trash snack, and it didn't agree with him.

I hope it's nothing serious. Mastiff's are awesome dogs.

Hope she feels better soon.


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Default  Posted: 3:06 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Did they mention anything about her thyroid? My BFF's dog has thyroid issues and when she's not regulated, she gets the way you described. (((hurtbs))) I hope she's feeling better soon.


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hurtbs
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Default  Posted: 3:07 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Quite honestly, if it was bloat she would be gone already. She has no firm abdomen or other symptoms.

She didn't get into the trash. No visible stings or bugs.

Vet thinks it's either musculo-skeletal or bio-chemical.

ETA: The vet gave her a shot of steroids that should increase her thirst, but she still isn't drinking.
Mastiffs do have hip and joint problems, but she has had zero history of it, is a healthy weight, and it doens't appear to be a hip issue.

[This message edited by hurtbs at 3:07 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 3:09 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Sending positive thoughts to you and your furbaby.


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Default  Posted: 3:35 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Sending mojo

Hugs,

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Default  Posted: 3:35 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Sending mojo

Hugs,

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Default  Posted: 3:38 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

((((big lovable doggie))))

I hope she feels better soon.


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Default  Posted: 3:59 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

((((poor puppy))))


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Default  Posted: 4:56 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Did they do blood work or a urine/stool sample? That can rule out/in certain things or at least point you in the right direction as to what it might be.


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hurtbs
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Default  Posted: 5:01 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

NO urine/stool as it's a walk-in clinic. She also hasn't been going to the bathroom since yesterday (Probably because she's not drinking).

They declined blood work until tomorrow. If she shows zero improvement, we do full blood work and xray. The reality is, any problem she has that would show up on blood work causing these symptoms - her age, would be untreatable. :/

Right now, she doesn't even want me to pet her. At all. Not even on her nose.

[This message edited by hurtbs at 5:07 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 5:09 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

That's more than likely true. Our big girl (mastiff) passed this year , cancer. Although she ate like a horse up until the end. The big dogs have such short lives.. so they pack a lot of love in a short time.

I hope she's not hurting and the vet finds something treatable.

eta- is there a clinic you can take her to tonight that can do the bloodwork? If she doesn't want you touching her, that may mean she's in pain

[This message edited by unfound at 5:11 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 5:50 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

I'll take her tomorrow for the bloodwork tomorrow unless she deteriorates. The emergency clinics are so expensive and they won't be able to really treat her unless it's...

She's eating a lot. She won't eat standing up, but she's eating. It's freaking me out that she won't drink.

It's killing me cuz I'm in a new town and don't really know the area yet. Her old vet was so great - the most loving vet I've eveer had (he would call personally to do follow ups). She had to go to strangers.

She's resting quietly - no whining, yelping, or simpering. Just very, very quiet.

This is breaking my heart.

[This message edited by hurtbs at 5:51 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 5:56 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

((Hurt and fur baby))


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Default  Posted: 6:20 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

hurtbs, I'm so sorry you're going through this distressing situation with your dog. It's so upsetting when you know there's something wrong with them but they can't communicate it.

I'm surprised they didn't do an xray...unless my eyes skipped over that detail.

Wildly, wildly unlikely, but FWIW I'm mention that long ago I had a Golden Retriever (Jr. High age in dog years) in a partially furnished campus apartment.

She developed similar symptoms to your dog; it wound up being intestinal blockage due to pantyhose. I despise pantyhose, and they could not have been mine (I was single @the time, so no funny stuff going on).

My best guess is that she'd low-crawled under the middle of my bed and found (& ultimately devoured) them. She didn't start manifesting symptoms for several days post-consumption.

She had surgery to remove the blockage, and after recuperation she went on for another 11 years.

I hope this winds up being a worrisome -- but short-lived-- thing for your mastiff.

(((hurtbs)))


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Default  Posted: 6:33 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

This walk in clinic did not have an xray and the vet did not think it was intestinal or digestive - she could hear active digestive sounds and there was no abdominal swelling or tenderness. Nothing to indicate a blockage of any type or intestinal perforation.

She told me to do the xray and/or bloodwork tomorrow if she did not improve and gave me a 24 hour place if it takes a drastic turn.

She is not in emergent distress - i.e. she's got no temp, no blockage, etc. What she was showing me and talking about was that they fold her toes under and all but 1 foot, she unfolded it right away. The fourth one was delayed. She said that is either musculo-skeletal (in which case, the regimen would be what she has right now - meds and rest, no cast), or bio-chemical, in which case we were talking cancer or something nerologically degenerative in which case x-ray would be worthless and waiting 24 hours for blood would not be detrimental).

It's one of those things where I could throw $600 at it right now (blood and xrays) and still have the same prognosis, or I could throw $100 at it today and wait 24-48 hours before proceeding (barring a major downturn) to see if she responds to treatment before throwing more money at it.

I hate to admit it but it is the best move forward - least amount of stress on her (they would have to drug her for the xray). It will also let me conserve funds and spend them more effectively on whatever treatment is necessary to proceed.

[This message edited by hurtbs at 6:35 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)]


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Default  Posted: 6:35 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Oh hurt,

So sorry about your baby. I hope she's just a little under the weather and is better soon. My first thought was pancreatitis, but they don't eat with that.

I had a husky that had bloat, and once you've witnessed the signs, you never forget them. I'm glad the vet ruled that out.

Not drinking has me stumped. Perhaps blood work will reveal something. Hugs to you both, and keep us posted.


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Default  Posted: 6:42 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Sending love and mojo for your doggie hurtbs. I hope she's just feeling under the weather and it's nothing serious



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Default  Posted: 6:49 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

((hurtbs))
((big doggie))

I used to have danes.
I understand.


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Default  Posted: 7:03 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

My 12 year-old labrador had those symptoms and it turned out to be laryngeal paralysis. He couldn't catch his breath after taking him for walks and would pant for a very long time afterwards. They told me it was just from old age.


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Default  Posted: 7:26 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

(((hurtbs & doggie)))

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Default  Posted: 7:35 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

(((hurtbs)))

I honestly feel overwhelmed for you, so much has been coming at you lately. I hope life settles down and your dog is feeling better very soon.


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hurtbs
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Default  Posted: 7:38 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

Yes... it has been a really crappy month in so many ways.


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Default  Posted: 8:28 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

(((hurtbs)))

Sending hugs and doggy mojo.


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Default  Posted: 9:15 PM, August 7th (Wednesday)

She's drinking now, but she's struggling to get around. Largely, she has difficulty getting up. So once she lays down, she kind of stays there.I think that she has some type of paralysis or weakness in her hind legs. She is tripping over them...


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Default  Posted: 7:12 AM, August 8th (Thursday)

Hurtbs - It sounds like what my Golden had, there is a neuromuscular disease the larger breeds, and long backed breeds get, can't think of the name now, but basically it's compression of the spinal cord, and this causes pain, or decreased sensation, or both. It makes it hard for them to control the back legs, and they really struggle to get up.
Good news is they can usually keep the pain at a minimum, and they can develop their front half muscles to compensate. Kinda like when they get hip dyspasia when they are young. The one true diagnostic thing that catches it is they will walk with the effected toes turned under, usually just on one side, and progresses to the other.

My Harry had it and canine lupus, but he had 10 great years, and 1 not so great. So when he got to where he needed help getting up daily we knew it was time.

Good luck today.


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Default  Posted: 12:05 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

One of my BFF has a mastiff about the same age and he had very similar symptoms. It was a disc in his back. Steroid shots, oral painkillers and a dramatic weight loss program has been all that brought him back. Plus, he can't jump on anything at all. No more jumping or stairs.... ramps for everything.

Good luck!


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Thinking of you and your furbaby. Hope today brings improvement for her and you. ((((hugs))))


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Default  Posted: 12:36 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

just thinking of you and the big guy today.

((hurtbs)))


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Default  Posted: 12:42 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

(((hugs))) to you and the big guy.

Thinking of you today.


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Default  Posted: 12:43 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

She's definitely not worse today - a little better, not hugely. She is getting up and drinking water, but still just laying down.

On top of it, my little sister (who doesn't own dogs) was giving me shit for not spending $600 on tests for the dog!


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Default  Posted: 3:44 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

Hurtbs,
I am a Mastiff mommy too. I have 3. One is 11, so I feel your pain. The other 2 just turned a year old.

Mine have done this in the past when they have gotten into something rotten and eaten it. (like a dead animal or something)

Mastiff's have a very, very sensitive tummy. And it seems even the slightest thing will throw them off.

Have you tried boiling some chicken (just plain chicken) with some plain white rice and giving that to her? Try that for a day and then gradually start to mix that with her dog food and see how she does.

*Edited to add

Never mind. I missed the post where you said she started eating.

[This message edited by sadtoo at 3:55 PM, August 8th (Thursday)]


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Default  Posted: 3:56 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

@sad - she doesn't have intestinal distress. She's got mild paralysis/weakness in her left hind legs.


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Default  Posted: 3:58 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

Got it.

It sounds like she has what my Stella has.

Has she been dragging her back paw nails? Like have you been hearing her back nails on the sidewalk?


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Default  Posted: 4:05 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

Stella has Canine degenerative myelopathy.

It's a degenerative spine disorder.

I began to notice something was wrong a few years ago when she wasn't picking up her back feet right. Like they were getting kind of tangled up or something. Then when she would get up and moving, the movement in the back end was exaggerated. Sometimes her toes turn over and she has a hard time getting them back on the ground.

There is no cure. But this started with her about 3 years ago. I started her on asprin and gluclosimine. And she went on a diet. Sometimes she needs a little help getting up, but for the most part she has been doing quite well considering.

When I read the part about your dog not "feeling" her tail being cut, I had a feeling this could be it. Stella has no feeling in her tail either.


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Default  Posted: 4:14 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

@sad - Yes, that is my thought and concern as well. What is so concerning to me, however, is that this "Malaise" came on so suddenly. Not a slow decline. Literally two days ago she was running and playing, then bam - she is hurting.

Until now, she has not had problems dragging her feet. Matiffs (due to their breeding) tend to have a high pain threshold.

I'm glad that she seems to be slowly mending... but I'm watching her closely. I hate that she can't tell me what's wrong with her.

[This message edited by hurtbs at 4:15 PM, August 8th (Thursday)]


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Default  Posted: 4:37 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

(((((doggie hugs)))))


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Default  Posted: 6:24 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

You know if I remember correctly, this seemed to come on quite suddenly for Stella too.

But the one thing that seems off is the pain. This doesn't have any pain involved.

But there is a mental frustration and fear that they suffer in the beginning when they realize they can't do what they used to do. Then it seems they begin to adjust.


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Default  Posted: 7:31 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

She definitely seems in less pain than yesterday


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Default  Posted: 9:15 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

I hope she continues to feel better. I am sure she is a wonderful dog. Mastiffs are the best doggies.


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Default  Posted: 9:30 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

It's very encouraging to hear that she is getting a little better...even if it's slow, it's going in the right direction.

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Default  Posted: 9:45 PM, August 8th (Thursday)

I hope that she continues improving. Sending good thoughts.

(((hurtbs & furbaby)))


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Default  Posted: 2:32 AM, August 9th (Friday)

Sending lots of doggie healing mojo.


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Default  Posted: 8:29 AM, August 9th (Friday)

Hope your sweet girl is feeling better today.

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Default  Posted: 3:43 PM, August 9th (Friday)

Is your girl doing better today?
I had a rottweiler that had a similar experience - in fact 2 times over the course of her life. She just couldn't get up, had no use of her hind parts. The first time was before she came to us and the second time she was boarding at the vets while we were out of town. They did everything and couldn't get her up for almost 2 days. The vet said she was too big a dog to live with partial paralysis, but we were not willing to give up so easily. We got a dog sling and got her up a little at a time - which won't be easy with a mastiff. Our girl seemed grateful to be able to do her business away from here bed. We gave her tons of love and encouragement, gradual lengthened the walks and after about 2 weeks she was walking again - was probably a month before she could walk more than a quarter mile at time. She was also on meds for pain ( Tramadol) and arthritis (not Rymadil - I can't think of the name right now), as well as Cosaquin. She was about 8 when that happened and lived another 2 years before passing away of something else entirely.
So good luck and hang in there!


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Default  Posted: 4:22 PM, August 9th (Friday)

She is doing so much better today!! She's still having mobility problems in that foot but is not in pain. She is getting up and walking around!!! I'm so relieved right now I could cry.


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Default  Posted: 4:59 PM, August 9th (Friday)

That's a good update!!! Glad she's doing better.



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Default  Posted: 5:23 PM, August 9th (Friday)

I'm so glad to "hear" this!

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Default  Posted: 6:51 PM, August 9th (Friday)

AWESOME news!!!


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Default  Posted: 8:19 PM, August 9th (Friday)

wonderful news

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Default  Posted: 10:52 PM, August 9th (Friday)

It really, really is such good news! She's still not sleeping on her bed - she wants to be in her crate or, if she comes to the bedroom, the floor. I'm guessing it eases her symptoms or maybe it's easier for her to stand up.
Her back foot is still... delayed.


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Default  Posted: 6:09 AM, August 10th (Saturday)

It could be aging/Arthritis. When our Large breed dog was about 8 we added a daily glucocimin supplement to help his joints stay limber and got a prescription for Rimadryl on days that he over did it and needed a pain reliever. When he turned 10.5 he needed Rimadryl daily until he died close to his 12th birthday. Also when he was 8 we stopped all really dangerous joint activities like fetch and frisbee and replaced with walking and swimming. Your baby is well into middle age and our larger breed dogs may need extra tlc and supplement boosts to keep their joints healthy and avoiding injuries which it sounds like your guy might have. I am convinced we got an extra two or three years of life with our dog by simply making adjustments to a senior dog citizen lifestyle. Good luck!

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Default  Posted: 10:29 AM, August 10th (Saturday)

No, it's not arhtiritis. I've seen arthritis in dogs and this isn't it. Arthritis can be pain, stiffness, slowness - but not paralysis or sudden onset.

She's continuing to improve in terms of the pain. She still has some paralysis and slowness in her hind leg.


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Default  Posted: 10:34 AM, August 10th (Saturday)

Sounds like maybe he had a small stroke.


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Default  Posted: 4:38 PM, August 11th (Sunday)

I hadn't thought about a stroke... it is possible. I haven't seen strokes cause pain... but maybe it wasn't pain she was feeling, but being "out of sorts?"

Daily update: She is acting like she is in zero pain (yay). Still having trouble with her foot. No longer dragging her toes, but it seems... delayed.


She is eating and drinking and pottying normally. I think she was having some trouble evacuating her bowels, and had to clean up her rear. Her anal glands have been leaking (she has had problems with her anal glands). That smell...


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Default  Posted: 10:23 PM, August 11th (Sunday)

(((hurts and doggie))) just saw this thread and am happy to see there have been some improvements. I hope she continues to improve and not decline. Your dog is understandably important to you and I can understand why its causing you so much pain as well.


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Default  Posted: 10:29 PM, August 11th (Sunday)

So glad to hear things are improving.


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Default  Posted: 10:53 AM, August 12th (Monday)

My mom's Dane had a stroke and she acted like that too.

Her paralysis improved each day and is barely noticable now.

Her vet gave her Vicodin to keep incase it happens again (which it has).


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Default  Posted: 3:09 PM, August 12th (Monday)

I'm she's starting to feel a little better. Are you able to have the vet take a look at her in case she needs anything to prevent it happening again or help her heal?

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