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Hi, my dog Salt has been having an issue for the past couple of months. I have taken her to 4 different veterinary clinics and none seem to find anything wrong with her. She's a 4 years old, 65 pound, white American Pit-bull Terrier. Usually high to mid energy and loves to play and be goofy.

Last night she was playing for a while and decided she wanted to go lie down. She NEVER gets tired of playing, but because it was way past her bed time I just thought she was tired. This morning when we woke up she was not her normal self and presented these symptoms:

White gums, trouble standing/walking, limping on right leg, hunched back, shaky throughout the body.

This clearly is a scare but this is the third time this has happened (I rushed her to the vet each time).

I rush her to the vet again and by the time we get there her gums are pink again and all symptoms are gone except for the limp. (this happened the first 3 times as well)

They run blood work again for the 3rd time and everything is normal. (keep in mind this is a different (4th) vet clinic) The doctor says, "Her blood work looks perfect and her physical exam doesn't show anything is wrong but she has a slight limp so we'll give her some painkiller. Just keep an eye on her and if it happens again, bring her back."

I have heard this 3 times prior and this has been going on for 4 months now....something is clearly wrong.

Has anyone heard of this before??? DESPERATE FOR ANSWERS
 

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This sounds really serious and I think you should demand a vet to do different tests... maybe urinalysis to look for kidney problems? Since they did blood workup I won't suggest anemia but maybe check your yard for antifreeze or other poisons your dog might have gotten into? Have you shampoo'd your rugs? There is the same chemical in rug shampoo as antifreeze... give your pup lots of water.... how does your dog's stool and urine look?
 

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Thank you so so much for responding!!! They did a urinalysis and chem test as well and it came back normal. As to your questions, I'm like a hawk with my girls, I watch them every time they go outside. There's nothing they could have gotten into without me knowing outside. As to inside the house, I clean with all natural products, Apple Cyder Vinegar (ACV) mainly and have been doing this for all their life so I don't think it's a chemical thing. Nothing new has been introduced to her enviornment and her diet has been consistent for several years.

Her stool is a normal color and solid. Urine looks and smells normal.
 

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There are some smart phones that are capable of making a short video. Next time the symptoms happen, video them so that your vet has a better idea of what is occurring.
 

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Definitely will video next time, but I think I will take kdyates advice and push for more testing in hopes to avoid another episode.

Thanks so much for the response!!!
 

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You may want to consider having chest X-rays done. Anytime we have patients presenting to us with exercise intolerance the heart tends to be involved in some way.
 

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I once had a dog named, Hey You, that had a pinched nerve in her neck that caused problems sometimes, I can't remember if her gums turned white but she did shake when the nerve gave her a spike of pain. Sometimes she would even yipp and take off at a run as if trying to escape the pain. When the nerve wasn't acting up, she was fine, didn't walk weird or anything.

It could be your dog has a back injury/pinched nerve thing going on...thus the limp and on and off way the shaking and limping has been happening...the increase in pain can cause shaking and probably the white gums.

You might ask your vet about that, if they haven't brought it up yet...because manipulating the leg the dog is limping on, might not show injury or do anything to bother the nerve in the back. ??? There are also doggy chiropractors out there if it does turn out to be something going on with the back.

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animalcracker had an excellent suggestion- dogs can often have hypotension (low blood pressure) secondary to cardiac disease (arrhythmias, pericardial hemorrhage etc.) and only a radiograph or thoracic ultrasound will pick it up.. also periodic hemorrhage in the abdomen can also result in shock symptoms, so an abdominal radiograph and ultrasound would be a good idea, too. Intermittent pale gums and weakness should definitely NOT be ignored, but unfortunately most of the causes of such symptoms are serious and need to be worked up if any success is to be had to treat them. A short video of the gums and your pet's presentation at the time of the pale gums is also a very good idea. Do not give up... you NEED to find out what is going on.
 
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