My dog is a Fox Terrier pure bred, he was out on his regular walk which included a swim, close to home he kept stopping and was walking more slowly than usual, anyway his back legs gave out and he ended in a sitting position, since then he's been to the vet twice had multiple tests. The vet found nothing wrong with his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, his x-rays show no sign of spinal damage, he doesn't show arthritic pain of any kind, and his muscles are all ok.
He sprawls out when helped to his feet, and can't walk or stand for more than a few seconds at a time, front legs are bad too it's like he can't lift them. Apitite is normal and we've been keeping his fluids up...just his legs aren't working. So what could cause a perfectly fine dog to end up basically crippled in less than a week? Couldn't find any ticks either.
X-Rays will not show bulging disks in the spine, only an MRI or myelogram will do that. Therefore, I think it is necessary to take your dog to a referral clinic to be examined by a veterinary neurologist who can have an MRI performed on your dog and can treat or surgically correct a spinal problem.
The neurologist could also perform muscle biopsies, if necessary, and perform blood work for all the tick borne diseases: Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and also perform an ANA and other auto-immune diseases bloodwork.
At the very least, steroids should be administered to reduce possible inflammation of the spine or to help with auto-immune problems.
The vet says its a brain tumor and Ponty the dog has been getting progressively worse over the weekend, he has been scheduled for a long sleep tomorrow night, approx. 22hrs from now, we're celebrating his life tonight with a family gathering.
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