|Barked: Fri May 10, '13 1:12pm PST |
|Let's try to post this again, shall we? I'm posting this to get ideas and opinions for a friend of mine. Her dog is a mix breed, seven years old, spayed female, with no prior history of health problems. Exercised daily, trained with daily, etc.
On April 29th, she was given Sentinel, a heartworm preventative.
On the 30th, she began displaying signs of ataxia(loss of motor control in legs, wobbling, etc. Was taken right to the Vet where they did a a blood panel. My friend asked if it could be a side effect of the Sentinel as that was the ONLY thing that was different from their regular routine(the dog had never had it before). The Vet denied any possible cause being the Sentinel.
They completed a neurological exam, which involved testing motor function via moving the dogs paws, which went unnoticed by the dog unless she looked down at her paws, or tried to walk. This was with all four paws. The Vets said if it had been a lesion on the spinal cord, it would only effect the back legs that way. They gave the dog some steroids, and the dog felt better for approx. a week, however, is back to wobbling uncontrollably(including when she's trying to sleep).
They want to send her to a neurologist and to have an MRI done, however, an MRI would cost thousands of dollars for the test alone.
My friend looked the night after, only to find that one of the adverse side effects of Sentinel is, in fact, wobbling/loss of motor control in the legs. The Vet STILL denies any possible connection.
The dog is still eating, drinking, acting normal otherwise, and still wants to play and is now building up energy from being cooped up. However, if she is taken for walks, etc, exercise diminishes her strength, so my friend is trying to keep her relaxed.
They go to see a neurologist on Monday.
Here's a link to the video if others have Facebook. My friend said it's supposed to be public: Leela
Any ideas on what this could be?
Edited by author Fri May 10, '13 5:53pm PST
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