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Old 04-26-2016, 09:11 AM
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confusing symptoms… any ideas?

Hi everyone,
I've already been to the vet about this one, but the vet doesn't know what's going on. I'm looking for any ideas of what could be happening with my male, neutered, nine year old Italian greyhound.

He has had the same symptoms a couple of times in his life, and they've already resolved on their own. The vet can never figure out what's happening when it's going on.

The symptoms are:
- diarrhea (off and on) and soft stool
- pacing at night (pain/discomfort, I assume)
- more reverse sneezing than usual
- seems as though his back or neck is bothering him because he won't do the normal shake thing he usually does when he gets up
- unwillingness to jump up on the bed
- more peeing than usual but not more drinking
- worse at night, restless, clingy

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- in between these symptoms, he seems perfectly happy and normal, jumps around, plays with the other dogs, acts completely happy


This has happened three times total now, and the other two times the vet couldn't figure it out. It went away on its own. But this time has been lasting a bit longer. I especially worry about him at night when he does so much pacing around and can't seem to settle.

Any ideas what we should be looking at here? The symptoms just don't seem to match anything...
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:00 PM
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My guess would be a digestive reaction to eating grass or something else.

I display those same symptoms with an upset stomach myself!
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:20 PM
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Might be mild seizures. My Rio had two very mild seizures where he paced and panted all night, just wouldn't settle. It only happened twice and never occurd again. Next time your boy starts acting strange video it to show to your vet.
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Has your vet done any blood work or xrays to help diagnose the problem?
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Has your vet done any blood work or xrays to help diagnose the problem?
No, it always seems to go away before we get to that point… but I think that's going to have to be the next course of action.
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Bloodwork and xrays would definitely be a good starting point to figure out the cause of these symptoms. There are a number of things that could be going on, or even multiple things at the same time. Italian greyhounds are prone to pancreatitis, which can be very painful. Urinary issues can cause pain and even stress diarrhea. If you do have further work up done and/or get a diagnosis please let us know the outcome.
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Weirdness continues. Our vet encouraged us to keep him on special food for pancreatitis/gastroenteritis type problems. This seems to have helped. The stool is now solid, but still kind of soft.

But now there are other weird symptoms. After a couple of days of seeming completely normal, last night he was was very strange.

He was sitting on my lap, relaxed, when suddenly I noticed that he was swaying back and forth slowly. This continued for a couple of minutes, then stopped. He then seemed okay for a bit. Then began walking around the house with a strange gait that seemed to be favouring a back right leg. Then a bit more swaying. Then normal again.

Then super happy, playful, playing with toys, playing with the other dogs, everything totally great.

Then we went to bed, and he was a bit restless during the night, but slept most of the night.

Now this morning he has eaten normally and seemed happy, but just now he did another couple of circles around the living room favouring a DIFFERENT LEG than last night (a front one this time). And he just seems… weird. It's hard to describe but his behaviour is just strange. When he came to sit down with me he did not approach in his normal way. Instead he was tilting his head at a weird angle and pushing his face into me, while sliding along on his belly. These are not his usual mannerisms.

He definitely isn't in pain, and doesn't seem upset by his own weird behaviours. The swaying did not upset him (only me) and he seems normal in between these weird behaviours. We have another appointment for him on the weekend, but meanwhile I am wracking my brains trying to figure out where to even start in terms of figuring out what's going on…

Has anyone experienced anything like this before?
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I'd suggest calling the vet and giving them an update, specifically about the swaying and gait. My partners family dog exhibited some of these symptoms but not others, I remember the vet saying strange eye/head movement and gait were important.
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If you can get a video of him displaying the strange behavior that may help to rule things in or out. Personally I would definitely be starting with bloodwork, and expect possible xrays depending on what the bloodwork results are.
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I'm starting to wonder if there is a vestibular problem going on here… … We have a vet appointment tomorrow afternoon. He continues to be strange but happy. The swaying is less, but still happening. He is particularly strange when walking on the bed or other soft surface. There seems to be a coodination problem. It's very odd.


Symptoms (for my own memory)
- about a month ago he started behaving a bit strangely in the mornings. After breakfast, the dogs normally sit together on the dog pillow. Lately he has been hiding in his house after eating.
- two weeks ago he was having bouts of diarrhea. Switched to Royal Canin gastro food. Better. Still soft stool, but much improved.
- two weeks ago he was also having a lot of reverse sneezing. This has since stopped.
- two weeks ago he was acting like he had a sore neck or back… not willing to jump up on the bed… this has also improved
- but now, swaying from side to side, seeming uncoordinated or having weakness in his limbs
- but now also seems happy, good appetite, drinking water, playful…

What on earth is going on?

Okay, will report back if I get any further information in case it can help anyone else.

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