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Yana | 6 months ago
Hi Dr. Krista, My Name Is Yana And I Have Beagle Mix Charlie Who Injured His …

Hi Dr. Krista,

My name is Yana and I have beagle mix Charlie who injured his neck on 07/08/20 last week. We took him 10 flights of stairs for exercise and 30 min later he started crying in the dog park then yelping in the car and screaming at night. We took him to the ER and he was diagnosed with neck disc injury and prescribed Methocarbamol, Gabapentin, Tramadol and Caprofen. He seemed to be fine, not paralyzed but screaming 1-2 times a day usually on potty brakes. Then he started having episodes when he became more stiff and lifted his front paws…usually in the morning after sleep. We took him to a neurologist on 07/13/20 but he said he is 1 from 6 and not that bad. He stopped Caprofen and prescribed Prednisone, Fentanyl Patch and Acepromazine with other medications from the ER. So we were spacing out medications because we were afraid to give too much. He did not seem to be improving and we started all meds. He seems better after he screams like pressure relieved and he can lift his head and move more free.

Long story short, we placed him in a boarding hospital due to us living in a studio in highrise on the 10th floor, working from home and being 7 month pregnant. We are planning to visit another neurologist on monday and hopefully get x rays or mri.

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In your video with Hank he was paralysed and recovered in 17 days. So far I don’t see much positive progress in our dog and he is not paralized. How much chance do we have or what we should do moving forward?

October 2019 he had a similar episod and I took him to the vet, no x-rays were performed. Two reasons indicated neck or teeth. More towards teeth inflammation which I was focusing on by brushing and adding supplements. Medications prescribed Cephalexin and Carprofen. He got better in 3 days but his screams were not that severe. Should we try Cephalexin?

Any help, suggestion on advice will be highly appreciated! If we can bring him to your facility for boarding and recovery at least till he doesn’t have those screams we would like to do that! Please let us know how much it costs since it adds up quickly and I know that surgery is very expensive.

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Krista Magnifico
6 months ago

Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I’m also sorry but I don’t have a clear picture of what’s going on now or what you are worried about.
I cannot order advice on which medications to use as I don’t know him or his condition.
I have lots of videos on YouTube and lots of advice on my blog. Maybe they can help?

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Ana Garcia | 1 year ago
Hello. I Have A 15 Year Old Dachshund, Brody, Who Is Currently Suffering From A Cervical IVDD …

Hello. I have a 15 year old Dachshund, Brody, who is currently suffering from a cervical IVDD injury. This is Brody’s third IVDD injury in his short life, however, it is the most severe. We are not sure what happened this time since Brody was injured when we got home from work. Today is day 7 since Brody went down. While Brody is able to right himself from the lateral position, he does spend most of his time on his side. Brody is able to lift his head and look around, he can scoot himself from one position to another, he has a fantastic appetite, he has feeling in his hind quarters and only deep pain in his front two. My poor boy is not able to consistently empty his bladder and has required cathing; as of today, with the help of lactulose, Brody has been able to empty his bowels, incontinent.

Brody is not a candidate for surgery due to his age and other health conditions, so we are managing him conservatively. Brody has been seen by his regular vet where he was started on prednisone, robaxin, & gabapentin; he also takes CBD and I just started him on tumeric paste. Brody has seen a holistic vet where he had acupuncture done with electro stimulation.

My question is, how long do I give him before we decide that enough is enough? Brody is not in extreme pain, but he does have occasional neck/shoulder spasms that make him scream. I just am afraid of putting him through more than what I should just because I am not ready to let him go. Brody has been my guy for 15 years and I cannot imagine life without him, but I don’t want him to suffer. I have watched Dr. Magnifico’s YouTube videos about giving IVDD dogs time, but what is a realistic timeframe?

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Sarah
1 year ago

Good morning. I am so sorry you are going through this. I am a firm believer of “you know” as in, when it is time you will just know it. I think it differs for each individual pet and person. I feel that if your guy is still in general good spirits all things considered, and has an appetite- then it probably isn’t time yet. If he is still trying then there is a chance that things could improve. When the time comes where you feel you have to make a judgement call, he will help you. Best wishes for… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello, I have to say that based on my experience and my personal views I don’t know if there is an answer anymore. I used to say to wait 3 weeks before making a decision and now I am realizing that many pets can live happy lives as pets that aren’t quite perfect. It sounds like a few things might be helpful. Ask about Your dogs ideal body condition score and then work very hard to help your pup become a lean muscular athlete. I see this disease a lot in dachshunds, of course, but oversight dachs are especially troubling… Read more »

Jasmine
1 year ago

Hi Ana,

How is Brody doing now? I have a 15 year old
Chihuahua who just recently got diagnosed with ivdd and it’s only day 4 but I feel so bad for him. He’s
Constantly crying or whimpering when he the meds
start to wear off. I’m in the same boat as you . I don’t know when enough is enough. I’m constantly crying from seeing him in so much pain and discomfort.

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Krista Magnifico | 1 year ago
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Dorie came in to see me as a walk-in emergency on Sunday. She is a 3 year old happy, healthy Greyhound. She was rescued from off the track about 1.5 years ago. When she first came to see me (for her new patient examination) we did an exam, gave her a microchip, reviewed her vaccine history and sent out a fecal sample to the lab. We send out a fecal (I feel it is imperative to send these to a lab and not do an at home test or do in the vet office as the lab gets better yields AND can help with issues like hers). She came back positive (3 plus A LOT!) for hookworms. Dorie was treated after her first visit with us and has been fine since. SHe has been on monthly flea & tick (credelio) and heartworm prevention (Interceptor Plus). Until last Sunday when she arrived back at my veterinary office with diarrhea. Every pet with diarrhea should have a fecal exam done.. every one. Missing the easy to diagnose is unacceptable in my opinion. I know lots of people dont want to spend (although I more often hear them use the word "waste" money or diagnostics, but I always say missing the most obvious and often very likely is just bad medicine. Start at the basics; diet, inappropriate food/treats/etc indescretion, and parasites for diarrhea if the pet is otherwise healthy (puppies I worry about stress, food, parasites and PARVO!).
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Arthur Leon | 2 years ago
My Cat Has Been Getting Frequent Erections For The Past 3 Weeks, Every Time He…

My cat has been getting frequent erections for the past 3 weeks, every time he gets them he yells and screams, He has also started to stay in his litterbox longer than usual. without going. Should i be worried?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I think it would be best to discuss this with your vet. I always worry about urinary bladder blaickage in a male cat who is frequently in the litter box. Please go immediately if he is in the litter box straining to urinate and not producing any urine. This can be fatal if their bladder is blocked and they are unable to pee.

Laura
2 years ago

Painful erections would be enough to make me RUSH to the vet. Your cat is in pain. Please get him seen.

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Jean Barreiros | 2 years ago
My APBT Was Playing In The Yard 3 Days Ago When I Herd Her Scream…

My APBT was playing in the yard 3 days ago when I herd her scream and then suddenly her back legs were paralyzed. As I was running to her she dragged herself across the yard and cut her legs and belly. The vet said it could be either a ruptured disc or fce. Only an mri could determine. However, the MRI is $3500 and due to the expense, I opted to wait and see. She is on prednisone, Gabapentin and Tramadol. She is able to get herself up (wobbly) and walk with a rear lift to pee. She hasn’t pooped yet, but the meds cause constipation. Her back right leg is very weak and can’t hold weight. That leg is knuckling less and less. My question is, should we be doing PT at this point or still resting?

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Laura
2 years ago

Hi Jean, I’d honestly ask the vet who saw your dog what they think. I’d also prepare to find an orthopedic specialist…if your dog has a ruptured disc, she’s in PAIN, and a lot of it. You don’t want to prolong that.

Laura
2 years ago

Hey, that’s great news! Thanks for checking in.

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Jade Jenkins | 3 years ago
My 8-year Old Shiba Inu Had Her Last Good Eye Enucleated This March (after Beginning…

My 8-year old Shiba Inu had her last good eye enucleated this March (after beginning a battle with glaucoma that took her other eye last March). The recovery from the first enucleation was perfect–but this time around, she developed a seroma. We had it drained via syringe in April after we realized that the eye “bulge” wasn’t the prosthetic eye but, rather, the fluid. Dog had also been screaming and pawing at her eye (more like rubbing alongside it, not directly clawing the site with her nails). The drain revealed it was infected, so she took antibiotics. Then the seroma came back again a few weeks later with my dog screaming and pawing at her eye. Had it drained again; wasn’t infected this time. Then she started screaming/pawing again a few weeks later once more, and we repeated the draining process for a third time. She’s been excellent since then–with the site looking more “sunken” like it’s supposed to (and not swollen). Until yesterday, when she started screaming/pawing again. My dog has now had this problem for four months, and today she screamed/pawed off and on ALL DAY. My vet suggested that I consult with the opthamologist who performed the enucleation about doing a possible debridement procedure, which I am tomorrow. However, I wanted to get other opinions on this before I/as I speak with them. How can we tell whether it’s a stubborn seroma that we perhaps never should have drained versus an issue where a surgeon left something behind in there, especially given that it’s not infected any more? Are there scans (e.g., ultrasound) that can be done to shed some light on this without going under the knife to see what’s up, or is that the only way? Money’s not an issue; just worried about pup doing surgery again given her age. Thank you!

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I agree with your vet. Follow up with the ophthalmologist. Start there. There is an answer to your pups discomfort and behavior. They can help you understand what is going on. This doesn’t sound like a seroma.

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Heather C | 3 years ago
IVDD : BEAGLE MIX I Am Looking For More Information And Support For My Fur Baby…

IVDD : BEAGLE MIX

I am looking for more information and support for my fur baby Willow. She is a beagle Chihuahua mix. She got diagnosed with ivdd. It is in her neck area. She is still using the bathroom. She is still eating (sometime’s cries with soft food but still eats). She is against water. So I’ve been mixing her food with water.
She is on medication. A pain reliever, steroid and an antibiotic. A long with cage rest for eight weeks. This all started yesterday morning around 10am. This is day two. She has rested some and screames when trying to move at times. That heart wrenching scream that just seems to last way to long. I have laid with her the last two days to try and comfort her. The more she cries I keep wondering if the wait time is worth it.
Is there a good chance of recovery in the neck? Should I get her a brace?
How long before I notice a difference after medications?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello, The first few days are the hardest and worst. Please ask your vet for more help with pain medications to keep her comfortable. Typically I add a morphine patch for the first 3-7 days. That might help. And also ask about methocarbamol. I have a lot of information on my blog at kmdvm.blogspot.com. And on my YouTube channel. Please see all of Hanks videos and read all of rhe blogs. I think I answeee every imaginable questions there. Don’t give up yet. I usually say give it two weeks. But understand the first days are very hard. Also ask… Read more »

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Sarah Rosten | 3 years ago
I Have A 2 1/2 Yr Old Black Lab Pitty Mix. We Got Her When…

I have a 2 1/2 yr old black lab pitty mix. We got her when she was 6 months and have been taking her to the park since she was able, and she’s been fixed since she was 10 months old. Recently there have been some aggressive or over hyper dogs at the park and she has been lunged at or almost attacked on almost 5 occasions now. The last time I had her on the leash and a dog came at us to the point where I had to scream for help for fear it would severely injur her or me for 5 minutes before it’s owner figured out what was going on and slowly walked over to get his dog while my dog was snapping and shaking between my legs in fear. Now when I take her into the park she’s very timid and defensive, and doesn’t trust new dogs. She is also more possessive and focussed on toys when she used to not care. What can I do to make her feel safer in the park? She still loves dogs one on one, and ones she already knows, but I don’t want this fear to progress into aggression.

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3 years ago

I would stop going to the dog park, to be quite honest.

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I think you probably need someone to help you manage her and the others around you so she can gradually become comfortable again. It is probably too overwhelming for both of you at this point to be back there. Maybe start with littler steps in a much quieter and less dynamic place. Like a quiet hike with fewer dogs and people. She needs to learn to trust and you need to be very gradual and controlled. Maybe start with a basic obediance class?

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Lindsay Miller | 3 years ago
Been Crate Training My 12 Week Pup. He Was Fine With Being In It While…

Been crate training my 12 week pup. He was fine with being in it while im home. He would sleep. But now while im away i put him in he went in yesterday. I left for work. Now today he wont go in and he screams when i leave after i have coaxed him in. Will this stop eventually? I feel so bad. I know it takes time for then to get used to it for sure

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3 years ago

Google “Crate games” and invest in the program, or at least use the few videos you can find on Youtube to train your puppy to love the crate.

Also, make sure your puppy is TIRED when you put him in the crate. Train before work. Try to come home midday or find someone who can let him out in the middle of the day, too.

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Lisa DeMasis | 3 years ago
My Daschund Has Cervical IVDD And Has Had Complete Crate Rest, On Steroids, And Pain…

My Daschund has cervical IVDD and has had complete crate rest, on steroids, and pain meds for almost 8 weeks.
Little improvement, now the pain meds aren’t helping to keep the pain managed, he is screaming constantly, is starting to wobble, and I am afraid that he has relapsed.
I feel he is in pain, and has now started to cry out at night, even though I get up to medicate him through the night.
He has gone through one episode 2 and a half years ago with conservative treatment and a FULL recovery.
The cost of surgery is not affordable for us, plus we have 5 other daschunds that do not have IVDD …including his sister.
I am hating to see him suffer, so what should I do?

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Julie Brader
3 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear this. I assume your Daschund haa completed 8 weeks crate rest? It sounds as if he’s relapsed. Surgery would of course be your best option especially as he has been through this before. Have you considered asking about a payment plan? Perhaps it would be worth making some phone calls to Neurologists to ask if thats possible. He obviously needs to go back to your Vet and put him back on cage rest until you take him. If he’s walking round, wobbling and in obvious pain, he could easily cause more damage to his spine.… Read more »

Julie Brader
3 years ago

Oh no…I am so very sad to hear this. My thoughts are with you. I agree though, you cannot let him continue to suffer like that. If nothing can help him, even surgery, you had no choice and he had to come first. So sorry for your loss…

Krista Magnifico
3 years ago

Hello,
I agree with Julie. It is either a relapse, more discs are degrading, or it may be something else like a spinal tumor. You should call your vet or a neurologist for help in establishing the diagnosis to help understand the treatment options. Also you can inquire about other pain options and medications. In cases of extreme pain I discuss methocarbamol and opioids.
I hope this helps. Good luck and let us know what happens.