I am writing to hopefully find some information as to what is happening with my…

I am writing to hopefully find some information as to what is happening with my 11 year old Boxer, Finny. In August 2016 he became weak in his hind end and over a period of two weeks he became completely paralysed. We took him for testing at the University and they couldn’t give us a diagnosis and sent us home with Meloxicam and a sheet of physio exercises. All they could say was either a brain tumour or an abnormally presenting FCE. We managed to get him on his feet again over a six week period. He had Dexapent injection for 5 days and then we did physio at home and he had acupuncture, laser therapy and Traumeel. He has done pretty well since then with only slight defcit in his right side and he weakens over time, but when he has his acupuncture etc, he picks up again. Moving forward this last week. He has had 3 very strange episodes, all around 2pm. He starts panting and then when he tries to get up he can’t use his back legs.We have taken him to the vet each time and they did do xrays and blood tests but have no clue as to the cause. This issue has resolved each time without treatment within 2-4 hours and he can walk again. He is on Meloxicam,Tramadol and Valium. If anyone has any clues to help or has experienced this with their dog we would really appreciate the advice.

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Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

I agree with Laura. It is time for another specialist. I also would ask about cardiology. I’m sorry that this is so frustrating. It can be a long arduous process to find the diagnosis but it is out there. I’m sure they are going to talk to you about a CT scan. It might be time to consider it. Start with a neurologist. Ask about cardio. And go from there. Please let us know what they say.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello, I’m sorry but I still don’t know enough about your dog or your case to offer much advice. I will say that anytime I get a weird case I strip the pet of as many medications as I can so I can get a “clean” assessment. I am not a fan of tramadol. I rarely use it. Valium is only used for anxiety or seizures. The rest I can’t comment on because I just don’t know your pup. Keep a journal and give detailed descriptions of everything. Sometimes this offers helpful insight. And don’t hesitate to go back to… Read more »

3 years ago

Did they check for wobbler’s? Have you talked with an ortho specialist?