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Old 05-11-2011, 02:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone, hope you can offer your help.

Our male maltese Hugo has gotten quite sick recently.

Last Friday morning when we woke up we discovered that he wasn't able to walk properly. His legs seemed extremely weak and rather than standing on all for legs he would just stay sitting. When he attempted to walk you could tell that it was very painful for him. He didn't look in a good state at all, you could just tell by his eyes that he was in pain. Also his back looked more curved/arched.

We took him to the emergency vet who checked him out, checked his blood and did x-rays on him. She said everything was fine and there's nothing wrong with his legs and the blood was OK too. She gave him something for the pain when he was there and also prescribed some pain medication for us to give him with his food everyday.

He looks to be more stable and pain free now but he's certainly not better. He is stumbling around when he walks, looks very weak and doing a lot of sleeping. His mood seems OK though. He's barking at people he hears outside, sniffing around the kitchen floor for food...all that usual stuff. His apetite is OK.

The vet says to bring him back in on Monday and if he still isn't good they're going to do an MRI scan. I don't know. It's very worrying because we have no idea what is wrong with him.

Does anyone have any idea?

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Old 05-11-2011, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would not wait. I would get him rechecked now. I would be sure the vet does a thorough neurological exam.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It sounds like there is a history here as I read your previous posts. I would take him to a specialist ASAP. What part of the country do you live in? Has he had any parasites or other bites? How old is he?
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I would rush with him to a neurologist. The stumbling, arched back and tired legs sound like a neurological problem. He can run the risk of numbness in his legs or any other serioud issues. I would definitely not wait to see a neurologist and possibly get an MRI. Did the doctor mention the possibility of Syringomyelia/Chiari? I'm by no means and expert but its just something that popped into my head given some of his symptoms.
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Where do you live? I can provide you with a list of board certified vet neurologists in your area. I have a GME dog, and this sound scary familiar to me. Please get him some help ASAP.
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QUOTE=pammy4501;1920672]Where do you live? I can provide you with a list of board certified vet neurologists in your area. I have a GME dog, and this sound scary familiar to me. Please get him some help ASAP.[/QUOTE]
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Nigel, I hope you have been able to see a neurologist. My dog, Fonzie had the same symptoms last August. Turned out he had disc issues in his neck. He didn't respond to strict crate rest and medication, so vet did surgery to remove the disc material. Fonz was much better after a month to 6 weeks of PT and a gradual increase of activity. If surgery is necessary, it's better to have it done as soon as possible. So please get your pup seen quickly. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Phyllis
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Any updates on your pup? Please keep us updated. I'm curious to know what the vet says/suggests. Hugs to you and Hugo! I hope they can find what he has and heal him quickly!
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Thanks for the replies everyone.

Hugo's condition has improved quite vastly these past couple of days. He seems to be walking normally, sitting normally..etc. The only thing is when we pick him up to hold in our arms, he flinches and looks a bit uncomfortable. He seems to be hurting somewhere.

We spoke to the vet, we still want to do the MRI so that we can find out what's wrong with him once and for all. We don't have insurance and are worried about costs, but we're going to have to figure something out. I'm worried about his problem being neurological but at the same time convinced that that's the only thing it could be. If his problem is neurological, what is the outcome? what is treatment? It's just very scary. I don't know much about the different types of neurological issues, but they all sound/look pretty serious.

BTW, he is 7 years old.
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THere is no way to know the outcome without a neurological evaluation and probably that MRI. Maybe the specialist will let you do a payment plan. I wouldn't wait, even if he is a little better. He's still having pain.
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