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I was a model patient ...

July 7th 2011 5:15 pm
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Hi everyone. We just got back from the vet. He is a very nice vet too. I only yelped once when he wanted me to stand up and tried to pick me up. I don't like being picked up. The rest of the time I was quite comfortable. He did a few tests on me but no needles or thermometers up my butt. He talked to Mom for almost an hour and a half. (I even had a snooze during that.) He was really good in that he had read all of the reports that my other vet had filed about me.
From all that information, Mom telling him about me and from this visit, he is pretty sure it never was a tick after all. He is in agreement with most everything the other vet said it might be if it wasn't the tick. The only thing that he didn't agree with is having me take both meloxicam and prednisone at the same time. So Mom will stop with the meloxicam.
What he thinks that I have is a lesion in my cerebellum or somewhere near there. If that is what it is, we will never know why it happened. But the good news is, I probably won't ever get as bad as I was when it first happened. He said Mom could think of it like I had had a stroke, damage was done, my body has adapted a bit so I can move around better than I did that first day and we have to manage it with prednisone. He would like to see me on a much smaller dose since I will have to be on it forever. So, we are going to slowly cut that back. I also have arthritis in my lower back. We already knew that. It isn't bad but it for sure doesn't help with this other problem. It adds to it.
He thinks that it would be worthwhile to try laser therapy. Have any of you heard of that? He says that might help my mobility and make it easier to lower the prednisone dose.
He discussed all kinds of tests they could do, other rare possibilities, but as far as he is concerned, there is something constricting my spinal cord (a lesion?) and affecting the nerves running to my rear legs and even my front. With the prednisone's anti inflammatory characteristics, it reduces the constriction enough so that my front legs work good and my rear legs work enough so I can walk. I guess the hot days made things worse and that must be why I scared Mom by getting worse this last while.
Anyway, we left the office thinking that I will be making my prairie trip and maybe even another one next year!
Everything is still a bit of a mystery but Mom is feeling much more confident that we can manage this and nothing is growing in me that will make me get real bad real fast. That is what she thought. That I had a tumor. It is still a possibility but the vet didn't think so. He also noticed that my right rear leg was a bit worse than my left. He is definitely a good vet. He must have commented ten times on how handsome I was! And how I was in great physical shape. He couldn't believe how good my hips are, as in perfect! Every vet seems worried about my hips and elbows until they examine me. They are perfect. I guess it is common for a big GSD like me to be prone to hip dysplasia.
The lady at reception was also going on and on as to how handsome I am. She even took my picture and petted me, cautiously! And she brought me a bowl of water while we were waiting.
And other people in the waiting room were pointing at me and saying, oh my God! Is he ever big! and good looking! I was just waiting patiently and laying on the floor. The other dogs were all tugging at their leashes and making a nuisance of themselves. I cooperated when it was time to get weighed. I usually don't. I actually liked this vet clinic.
Mom thought I had gained weight, but I actually lost ten pounds. It makes no sense because I am eating like a pig and not running around like I used to. Must be the prednisone.
There was a 4 month old GSD being carried out wearing a cone. She was really cute. She had cut open her belly on barbed wire. I winked at her and told her about when I sliced open my ear on barbed wire. I gave her a few pointers on how to spot that nasty stuff in the future and avoid it.

Mom and I truly appreciate each and every one of you for supporting us through this latest fright.
Mom is feeling 100% better today after what we learned. Trying another vet and vet clinic was for sure good advice. Mom still likes our regular one, but it is good to know another super good vet.
If anyone know anything about this laser treatment, we would like to hear your opinions.
Lobo, and Mom

Barked by: ♥Sophie Claire CGC (Dogster Member)

July 7th 2011 at 6:31 pm

Lobo, we think this is very good news. We don't know anything about the laser treatment, but you could go to the forums here on Dogster and ask. We will continue to have you and your momma in our prayers and I think you are a real hunk! (Sophie Claire blushes and runs out of the room).
Barked by: Lobo - RIP (Dogster Member)

July 7th 2011 at 6:38 pm

(Blushes too!)
Thank you Sophie!
I like playing with the kitties laser toy so maybe laser therapy will be good for me?
Barked by: Puff (Dogster Member)

July 7th 2011 at 7:52 pm

Momma and I have happiness tears in our eyes. Sometimes our humans think the worse will happen and it turns out not to be so. Having a vet that actually listens and takes the time to analyze all the information is a real good thing.

I don't know what laser treatment is but I did have the acupuncture on my back right after I damaged my spine and I loved it. Momma had never seen me so relaxed. I only got to go to one treatment because the vet who did the treatments was far away and right afterwards momma lost her job and could not afford them any longer but it is worth looking into for you.

Barked by: Molly Morris (Dogster Member)

July 7th 2011 at 8:34 pm

We are happy to hear how happy your mom was with this vet and visit. He spent a lot of time with you and talking with your mom! So glad your mom feels better about this! Dont know about the laser treatment but try Yahoo groups. We belong to the ortho group (cause of my HD) and it is unreal the knowledge on there and there is certain someone on there that has had this treatment. You have to request to join and they will approve you and then you will have access to all kinds of info. Good Luck!
Woof Woof, Molly
Barked by: ♥ DarlaMae ♥ (Dogster Member)

July 7th 2011 at 11:02 pm

{{{{Lobo}}}} Keeping you covered with PAw,prayers and love pal. SO glad you had a good visit and Mom is happy with this Dr. Praying all goes well with a return to health & activity in every way. Hugs & POkes,Darla xoxoxo
Barked by: Abby - Forever Loved (Dogster Member)

July 8th 2011 at 7:09 am

Lobo, thanks for the update. So pawsome it looks like you can now make your prairie trip. Hmm, I wonder if I could convince mom to go to P.A. when you are there! I do not know about laser therapy, but I also belong to the Orthodogs group on Yahoo that Molly mentioned, and there is always somebody on there that has answers for most anything. Continued positive thoughts and prayers coming your way. Hugs! (I agree with Sophie Claire, you are a hunk!!)
Barked by: Lobo - RIP (Dogster Member)

July 8th 2011 at 8:56 am

Thank you everyone! We will check out the Ortho group. That would be cool if we could hook up on the prairies Abby.'
You are all so sweet! I haven't blushed this much in one day ever!
Barked by: Riley (Dogster Member)

July 8th 2011 at 10:34 am

This is good news indeed.

I'm sure everything will be able to be managed and you and Mom will have a great trip in September.
Barked by: Flicka ~ CGC (Dogster Member)

July 8th 2011 at 1:17 pm

I am totally with the "think this is good news" and the "tears in my eyes" !!!!

The association with it being a kind of stroke always has made alot of sense. Knowing that there is no tumour.. and also knowing that having been so loved and kept SO well and fit and healthy has actually helped you survive.. and in some part adapt well to this is a great weight off your Mum.

Aging isnt for weaklings..... and dont we all know it ! Lobo... all will be well..... things may change a little... but change isnt always so bad.

Love and hugs to you and yours...... many friends hold you and your Mum in their hearts !


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