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Please don't ignore this, sorry it's so long, but I'm so so desperate.

Hi guys, I'm new here so sorry if I'm posting in wrong areas. I'm seriously seriously desperate for help. My dog turned two on Valentine's Day this year and is the most precious thing in my life right now. He's a male Bichon Frise called Dave. He's the most gorgeous little dog and is the bright light in my family right now. We bought him at 12 weeks and we've grown the most beautiful bond. He's larger than most Bichon frise but seems to have come to and end of his growth. For the first year we had him, he was a normal excitable dog with the most beautiful playful attitude along with not being the brightest star in the sky. But we loved that about him. Around mid 2015 we noticed he started to stop doing some of the things he used to enjoy doing. An example of this is jumping on the sofa to watch the world go by everyday, when he'd hear a car door he'd run round in circles and would do puppy things. Both these he started to do less and was more interested in just sleeping all day. He stopped his playful attitude and his general approach to life. He hasn't been newted before you ask. This gradually got worse throughout the rest of the year and into the new year. Although we could see he was changing, there was nothing drastic and he showed no sign of any serious problems. However around a couple of months ago we noticed a real change in his attitude. He'd completely stopped greetings as you enter the house, started drinking a huge amount of water, started being sick and lastly our main concern, stopped jumping into the house. The step into the house is very short and is something he has never had a problem with. He's always had a strange way of walking but it's something people have been pointing out more recently. We thought he had a problem with his back legs however was confused due to the fact he's so young. It's been getting worse and worse to the point he cries when wanting to get in. HOWEVER, he shows no sign of pain, no shreaking no sign that he's in pain. We decided enough was enough and decided to take him into the vet. We took him earlier today and were preparing for something bad but not what he said. As he walked into the room the first thing he said was '' mr wobbly here '' he was amazed at how unstable and how he struggled to walk. He was amazed at how he was unable to use his limbs as he pleased was confused at how he couldn't seem to walk in a straight line. He said to us he's never seen anything like this and said he would be leaving work today to try and figure out what it could possibly be. He stated he was incredibly worried it could be neurological problems however stated it could be nothing like that and a mere lived problem or potentially diabetes. He's going for blood tests tomorrow and an MRI scan next week. That's everything you need to know other than the symptoms.
Here is a list of the symptoms:
1- incredibly lethargic- no energy, doesn't leave bed other than walks.
2- drink A LOT started to drink a lot more recently
3- incredibly instable, falls over frequently
4- vomits often 2-3 times a week
5- avoids some walks
6- change in approach to humans- not as Happy to meet people
7- no pace in walk - no running, used to run a lot, none anymore.

Thank you if you read all this, I'm so desperate, he means the world to me and my family, please help Dave :(
 

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Not a vet or a diagnostic but... The same symptoms you posted - when my dog got the attitude change with people and other dogs - became fearful, I knew he had issue with his thyroid, and sure enough, he's hypothyroid.

I would start with a full blood panel, including full thyroid panel. If anything serious is going on, it should show up there. Maybe get the dog tested for diabetes as well...

Good luck. Bichons, 2 year old in a dog suit, love them :)
 

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I too would ask for a full thyroid panel when you go to the Vet. BTW, Many dogs do not 'show' pain, they only avoid doing what is painful.
Hope you find out what it is and he gets well soon!
 
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I'm with @jagger and @LuvMyFluff about asking for a thyroid panel.

One thing to consider is treats, some chicken/duck jerky can cause similar symptoms, it's being investigated by the FDA.
 

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Lets hope the blood work yields some answers. Samantha, half bischon, half poodle, was desperately sick, some of the same symptoms, turned out to be reactions to flea meds, and a reaction to an antibiotic. took her almost a year to completely recover, but recover she did, and is now seven years old, and more playful then when she was two.
 

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If your vet seems unsure or not skilled enough to diagnose your dog I would suggest taking him to another vet, a specialist if possible. I don't know where you live but if you live in or near a larger city many have big hospitals with expert vets, specialist and top of the line facilities for diagnostics, treatment, surgery, etc. I hope you're able to get him help
 

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Thanks everyone, other than his normal dog food which he's been on for a long long time, he gets chicken whenever we have chicken and that's it really, we try keep it to chicken and rice which was recommended as treats by a vet and occasionally gets a small bit of tuna. He doesn't get many dentastix and because of the way he's been recently, he doesn't get any gravy bones or little treats of that nature. One thing I didn't state was that recently he's started to get a bloated stomach look, don't know if this helps at all, thank you so much for the replies
 

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How old is he? Did the vet feel his prostate?
You said he is not neutered, again not a diagnosis but he might have prostate problems, symptoms are almost the same
 

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Is he on any medications, like flea or heartworm. Some of those meds mess with the fleas nervous system. On one of those meds, Samantha was unable to control her back legs, and was very unstable and wobbly, like it was affecting her nervous system. I now use frontline for fleas, and heartgard for heartworm, she does not have reactions to either of those.
 

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He's been in for tests today, the vets called and told us we need to go in and talk at half 5. Fingers crossed its nothing to serious however it doesn't sound good. Will update with his condition as soon as he's back in my arms.
 

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Not great guys, blood tests have shown nothing but they're certain he's in a bad way. They're unsure if it's a tumour or maybe something he's been born with. They've ruled out any liver or hormonal problem and will know more when they've done the MRI scan. Vet is very very worried and has told us we should maybe prepare for the worst. Fingers crossed though for Dave.
 

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Even since he's been home which has been about 20 minutes, he's been falling over numerous times and just seems to be getting weaker and weaker. Fingers crossed for my gorgeous dog.
 

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So sorry, lets hope for the best. Is he eating and drinking ok? If so, lets hope that's a good sign, and he can regain some strength.
 

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He turned 2 on Valentine's Day this year, what makes you think it's potentially prostate?
Only that sometimes they can have an enlarged prostate, which is prone to male dogs not desexed , they can also feel not well, not excited about things/walks/people.


I hope its nothing serious, and Im glad the vets are doing all they can to help you find a diagnosis.
 

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Eating and drinking perfectly well, seems to have gained a bit of strength, got his mri scan tomorrow morning, very very nervous dad ?
 

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Lets hope he continues to get stronger, and the MRI shows nothing serious. I can certainly empathize with your being nervous, I would be a basket case if it was Samantha.
 
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