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SYMPTOMS ON MY MALE SHIH-TZU
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Nancycaputo posted:
HI, I OWN A 17 POUND MALE SHIH TZU, HE IS A VERY ACTIVE DOG @ TIMES BUT I NOTICE FOR ABOUT 3 DAYS THAT HE NOT HIM SELF HE CLIMBS UPSTAIRS ONE BY ONE USEALLY RUNS UP STAIRS HE GROUNS WHEN PICKED UP UNDERNETH HIS TUMMY, HE HAS NO DIARRHEA OR VOMITING HAPPENING, IS THERE ANY HOME REMADIES THAT I CAN GIVE HIM HERE @HOME? I HAVE NO DEAL WHAT A VET WILL CHARGE FOR A VISIT AND IF HE WILL ASK FOR BLOOD WORK TO BE DONE AND HOW MUCH FOR ANTIBIOTICS,

YOUR TRULY,

NC.
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zapata26 responded:
I have 2 shih-tzu's. Has your dog been going poop? My dogs act the same way and a vet does charge alot for visit and blood work. what they don't tell you is any medicine humans take you can give a very low dose to you'r dog. It could just be an upset stomach. Try putting half a teaspoon of vegetable oil in his/her mouth and make sure you take them outside after a bit and see if that helps. Please contact me personally if you would like at c.zapata26@hotmail.com.. I would like to know if there are other symptoms..thanks
 
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Nancycaputo responded:
well its not a virus, he's going poop too. I went to the vet earlier this week and he said that it might either be a spinal injury or a slipped disk in the rear leg. the estimated cost from the vet is around 500 dollars. is there anything i could do to help relieve his back/ or leg? Also even though what the vet told me i still have a feeling that it might be something internal. .

Thanks alot

Nancy
 
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Kathy_Snyder_DVM_DACVIM responded:
Hi,

Based on what I can tell from your description I would have guessed a slipped disc as well. If that's what your veterinarian thinks, they're probably right. Slipped discs can slide up and push on the spinal cord, causing mild to severe pain and possibly even leading to complete paralysis. If they only have a partially slipped disc, they will sometimes show signs of intermittent pain--not wanting to jump, crying/groaning when being picked up, walking more gingerly or wobbly, and not wanting to climb stairs. On our examinations they'll often have an area of pain in their back that we can detect.

To rule out other possibilities for back pain requires further testing--spinal X-rays, myelogram, CT, MRI, or a spinal tap. All of these procedures except the X-rays require anesthesia, so your veterinarian may decide to not perform these tests (except the X-rays) before medical therapy has been attempted.

If a slipped disc is what's going on, treatment is either medical or surgical, depending on how severely affected they are. Medical therapy is indicated for dogs who are still walking and can be comfortable on pain medications. Medical therapy consists of STRICT cage rest--meaning in a crate all day except to use the bathroom--no running, jumping, or playing at all for 4-6 weeks. Combined with that we'll put them on a pain medication to help make them more comfortable. Ideally, any swelling they have in their spinal cord will go down during that time and surgery won't be necessary.

If medical therapy doesn't work or their signs get worse, surgery is necessary. Surgery involves removing part of the bone in their spine and removing the protruding disc that is causing the problem. It's a much bigger deal for your dog than medical therapy--requires an extensive surgery, post-operative healing and discomfort, and will take a hit on your pocketbook. Therefore, if your vet thinks medical therapy might work, then follow the advice given to you and be STRICT about the cage rest. No cheating!

Good luck!
 
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neha786 responded:
hello..I have a 15 pound shih-tzu and she has just started to have these problems as well..like about 4 months ago..my shih tzu(lilly) cant walk any more with her two back legs.. , cant eat by herself, cant go potty her self..and is totally on bed rest which was recommended by her Vet. For your shih tzu i would recommend that you take him to the Vet. please dont take too long to think about it..because it can worsen very quickly..watching lilly go through this is just heartbreaking..I could never imagine this would have happened just like your shih tzu lilly used to be very, very hyper always jumping around..and now she has a spinal cord injury it seems ..I will be taking her for MRI scan soon and hope everything will be okay with her..I will pray for your shih tzu..all of you reading this please pray for him as well as lilly.. Thanx much
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    dutchworld responded:
    If your dog does have a slipped disk the sooner you start treatment the longer and better fife your dog could have. I had my dog Odyssey (a german shephared) put down may 2009. The year before I woke up to him being paralyzed. I rushed him into the vet and the x-rys showed he had a 2 slipped disk in his lower spine. At that time he was 15.so both my self and vet knew there wasnt any chace of him going through major surgery. We started him on high does prednisone for 3 days and he begain to improve. After that we continued on with the prednisone, gave him a shot once a month called cartravin (spelling is not right). and had him on medicam for the pain. He lived another year and had a good year as well.

    It was to late for my Odyssey but there is this new treatment out here in north america made from Green Lipped Mussles. The Medical dog food has added it to there medical mobility food. It comes from new zealand and they have been using it there for humans since the 1970's. I did a lot of research on it and it has a lot of medical studies proving that it does work. It stimulates the growth of the healthy synovial fluid in the joints. IF your dog does have a slipped disk you should look into this. I've started taking it myself for my rheumatoid arthritis and someone else I know has started there 16 year old dog on it as well.

    Good luck to you and your dog.
     
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    blondeshedevil responded:
    I believe definitely a slipped disk, and shih Tzu's are prone to IVDD especially after age 9 or 10, mine is only 3 and a half and has a back injury, he is all healthy only now his back legs are lame and I have to hold him up to potty, and the heavier they are the more prone to IVDD they are and jumping around can cause it, we are trying medical therapy right now along with some mild pain meds and prednisone, if that don't work looks llike surgery, right now we ordered a doggie w/c for him as the rest of him is healthy and working great, his tail is wagging so that's a good sign that maybe with medical therapy this may resolve for now, but if he jumps the wrong way or runs and falls the wrong way will aggrevate it again. its sad I have cried all day as he is my baby now, my kids are grown I bought him as my empty nest present now I am going thru agony watching him and nursing him. good luck I know what your going through
     
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    blondeshedevil replied to neha786's response:
    looks like we all have a lot in common, my little boy was hyper also and ran around the house and jumped on bed and couches to look out window, ran to door every time I walked in now nursing him and he is on meds by mouth and strict rest also, and his back two legs are lame, so we ordered and doggie walker, hope it gets here soon before he gives up.
    will pray for you all and ur furry little babies.
     
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    blondeshedevil replied to dutchworld's response:
    do you have a web site to recommend to find this product
     
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    Hokie123 replied to blondeshedevil's response:
    Hi, hope you're still on this blog. I took my Shih Tzu to the emergency vet yesterday. After xrays and bloodwork, they determined its likely ivd, or a slipped disc. On meds right now with strict cage rest. This happened suddenly, no use of the back right leg. She was not able to move around. If she moved at all, the leg was dragging. When i brought her home last night, she drank some water, and i held her up to go potty. Just checking in to see how your baby is doing...i see your post was 2 months ago, so very curious to see if any improvement. Thanks!


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