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Vague symptoms –pain-lethargy
06-15-2016, 03:24 PM,
#11
RE: Vague symptoms –pain-lethargy
Dogs don't carry a neurosis home from a Vet visit for a month afterwards. They live in the moment. You can probably rule out a brain tumor, as the dog would be having another neurological problems (e.g. seizures, uneven gait).

Another poster suggested a pinched nerve to go along with the dog's current arthritis. A definite possibility along with the anti-inflammatory inducing a stomach ulcer causing periodic tarry stools, and potential abdominal pain. Again, discuss with the Vet about administering Prilosec, and/or another pain med as an alternative.

A good supplement add for doggy arthritis is Fish oil (not Flax!). The clear "Burpy" kind with the fishy smell for the dog's nose. The Omega-3s in the Fish oil have a very mild anti-inflammatory property. Give 3000 mg per meal for the 2 meals. There will be no effect on BM. Throw em into the bowl, and the dog will gobble them up. Also good for cancer puppies due to the mild anti-angiogenic property of Omega-3s.

A lot can happen internally in 4 weeks. Although you seem to be saying it hasn't progressed, or gotten worse(?). Still worth a repeat of the blood work to confirm. Especially if the pain is coming&going every week, increasing, or other symptoms start to occur.
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06-16-2016, 12:28 PM,
#12
RE: Vague symptoms –pain-lethargy
It sure sounds like something that grants further investigation, perhaps consult with a specialist if the vet isn't getting anywhere close to getting a proper diagnosis. You want pain under control and if you think your dog isn't acting right, listen to what your dog is trying to tell you. If your dog has been going through stressful times, sure that can have an impact. Consider that stress can stack up and have a cumulative effect if it keeps on lingering..look up "dog trigger stacking" for the dynamics behind the effect of cumulative stress.
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06-19-2016, 04:24 PM,
#13
RE: Vague symptoms –pain-lethargy
(06-16-2016, 12:28 PM)meba Wrote: It sure sounds like something that grants further investigation, perhaps consult with a specialist if the vet isn't getting anywhere close to getting a proper diagnosis. You want pain under control and if you think your dog isn't acting right, listen to what your dog is trying to tell you. If your dog has been going through stressful times, sure that can have an impact. Consider that stress can stack up and have a cumulative effect if it keeps on lingering..look up "dog trigger stacking" for the dynamics behind the effect of cumulative stress.
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06-19-2016, 05:12 PM,
#14
RE: Vague symptoms –pain-lethargy
Thank you for your replies. At this moment it seems she is feeling better. Her attitude is better, but I'm still watching her. She may have a pinched nerve, possibly. Her yelps have almost stopped but they seem to be provoked by the simplest small startle. Today she is doing fine so I'll try not to project anything on to her.
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06-19-2016, 11:25 PM,
#15
RE: Vague symptoms –pain-lethargy
Good to hear, paws crossed that she's on her way to recovery!
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