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Old 05-23-2016, 11:03 PM
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Dog in "C" shape position

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My mom and I took our dog to the vet several days ago on Friday May 20, 2016. Since the visit, he is very crooked to the right side and canít walk straight, he kind of walked a little sideways but couldnít stand without support. His ribcage and everything is more prominent on the right side now and he goes in kind of a C shape position while standing or laying. He cannot walk at all at this point and is kind of stuck in this C shape position. At the visit, my mom asked the vet to check the progression of our dogís arthritis so the Vet moved all of his limbs around and stretched them out etc. The Vet gave him his rabies vaccine and cut his nails. After everything, they took him back to get an x-ray of his lungs since they thought he had a tumor in his lung over a year ago. The Vet said he doubts it was a tumor because it did not get any bigger and looks different, he thinks radiology may have been mistaking. Anyways, the Vet Tech brought our dog back into the room we were in with our other pet and the Veterinarian and our dog that got the x-rays and everything just laid on the floor during the rest of our time there. Our dog walked out to the car and seemed okay when we got home. He just laid there and did not get up at all to go outside or anything. The next morning, he was still laying in the same spot so I picked him up and tried to stand him up. He is very crooked to the right side and couldnít walk straight, he kind of walked a little sideways but couldnít stand without support. His ribcage and everything is more prominent on the right side now and he goes in kind of a C shape position while standing or laying. He cannot walk at all at this point and is kind of stuck in this C shape position. He is 14 and had a little trouble walking prior to the vet visit, his back end would be slouched down a little but he was still more than capable of walking around and lying in different positions etc. I called the Vet and told him that the dog was not like this before the visit and he said there wasnít much to do, it may or may not get better. Iím not sure if something happened when the techs took him to x-ray if he got dropped or something or if the Vet pulling on the dogís legs would have anything to do with his condition now. I was thinking maybe a muscle relaxer would help? Iím thinking that since his body seems totally pulled in one direction in his back like scoliosis looking could be from muscle strain and that muscle pulling everything to one side. He is currently on Prednisone for arthritis as well as Gabapentin and Tramadol. Please share any advice, feel so bad he canít move and I am not sure if I should leave him laying all day or pick him up every once in a while just to get him in a different position. He is urinating while laying and cannot get up to defecate. Thanks so much.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:34 PM
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Oh my gosh, that sounds horrible. I'm so sorry. I'm really surprised your vet wasn't more concerned, especially if the dog is so immobile he can't properly relieve himself. Hopefully someone wiser/more experienced than me will come along with advice but if I were you I would hound the vet until he does something or else contact or take the dog to another vet for a second opinion. Your dog cannot be expected to just put up with this.
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Old 05-24-2016, 12:39 AM
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Time for a second opinion from a different vet. Sounds like their manipulating his body may have done something to his neck or spine, at the very least I suspect that y'all need a second x-ray.

I'm so sorry that happened to your elderly dog and hope that you can get to the bottom of what's going on.
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Seconding the need for a second opinion, it's usually worth it.
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I'm so sorry this has happened. Also echoing the need for a new vet to check your baby out!
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:20 PM
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I agree, time for another opinion, but it sounds like he is in pain, which you don't want for him. Certainly something happened to him, maybe not related to the Vet visit, may it is, but you need to know what's going on with him.
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