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Old 08-19-2017, 12:40 PM
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Hello my name is Elizabeth, sorry but I am posting here for the first time in hope someone may be able to offer some advice in relation to a very recent and concerning problem my little 7 year old chihuahua Barney is experiencing.

I would firstly like to assure you that we have already been to the local vets twice this week and they have advised me that they are unsure how to proceed and recommended I make an appointment with a specialist vet hospital, 6 hours drive away. I have made the specialist appointment but unfortunately the next available appointment I have been able to obtain is in 3 days time.

Barney has always been a very healthy and happy little dog. He has been my best friend since I adopted him at 12 months of age after his elderly owner was unable to care for him. 4 days ago as I was getting ready for work, my usually active and happy little dog started acting very unusual. He was completely still, back arched with his head down and his neck was completely stiff (his neck muscles felt extremely tense). I panicked as this was something I had never seen him do before and as he appeared to be in significant pain I rushed him straight to my local vets. By the time I arrived at the vets (a short 5 minutes later) Barney was completely recovered. The vet checked him over and said that perhaps he just had an upset tummy (he has suffered with this in the past) and recommended to take him home and see if it happened again.

At home Barney has been acting completely normal until today when the exact same thing happened. Out of nowhere his back was arched with his head down, neck stiff with tense muscles, this time he was walking very slowly following me (as I ran to grab my camera to record the "episode" for my vet) I picked him up and very carefully rubbed his tense neck whilst my husband drove us to the vets. By the time we got there he was back to normal again.

By reviewing the video my local vet is unsure if the issue is with his spine or more neurological but has said to find out he will need to see a specialist and most likely have multiple tests e.g. MRI and CT scan to receive a diagnosis and decide on possible treatment options.

I realise none on an Internet forum will be able to diagnose him but I would be so very grateful to hear if anyone has ever experienced simillar issues? I am extremely concerned for the welfare of my little mate and just want to ensure he is comfortable and well looked after. Thank you for reading.
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:42 PM
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I think someone had a pup go through this and it turned out to be acid reflux, gas, situation after correcting the diet it turned out well.

What do you feed him?
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:45 PM
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I was thinking seizure until you said he was following you. From what I know, a dog in a seizure wouldn't do that. Did he make any sounds? Was he tense anywhere other than his neck? I assume there has been nothing as obvious as vomiting or diarrhea, or the diagnosis would be clearer. That is a tough one. I wish you lived close to me where the specialist vet is only 30 minutes away!
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I think a seizure too. A 'partial' seizure might be the answer as to why he was able to follow you. So sorry you are experiencing this problem. I hope the specialist will be able to find out the problem. Start with less expensive tests first---like skull x-rays to check for brain tumors, before you go for MRI's etc. Keep us informed please, we all care.
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I don't have any answer, but want to say I sure hate you and he are going through this. Keep us posted.
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Thank you for all of your replies and suggestions. Unfortunately there has been no improvement in my poor little Chihuahuas symptoms. He has had multiple tests with xrays, abdominal/chest ultrasounds, urinalysis, heart echos and full bloods all returning perfectly normal but sadly he is certainly acting far from his normal happy, active self. We have even attempted a couple of acupuncture sessions and surprisingly he did improve slightly for a day or two after these treatments but the symptoms all returned.

I now believe he is experiencing some type of partial seizure as many people above have suggested. Due to my beloved little Chihuahua’s age (7 years old) and the fact they started suddenly, are occurring very frequently and the fatigue he is experiencing after them the vets all seem to think it is most likely caused by some type of deteriorating neurological condition and there has been a lot of speculation around brain tumours.

I am really at a bit of a loss as to where to go from here. The vets seem to think he is not in physical pain during the episodes and that he is more frightened than anything but I know my dog very well and I feel that he is in quite a great deal of pain during them as he will seek me out and need comfort each time they occur. As soon as it starts the only way to stop him is to pick him up and take him to a quiet area where he can snuggle in to me and go to the sleep. After a good he sleep he seems to wake up normal but continues to be quite exhausted.
The only other test I have available is an MRI but as you are probably aware they can be extremely costly and I am unsure if there will be much benefit to my poor little dog anyway as I unfortunately think what they are looking for is not a treatable condition. The vets have recommended he commences on a corticosteroid drug called prednisone to see how he reacts but from my hours and hours of research online reading various websites, veterinary journals and forums this appears to be more of a palliative care treatment and I really do not feel prolonging his suffering is something I could do to him. I realise it is a different thing entirely but I have recently lost a very close family member after a very short but brave battle with late stage cancer and really would never put a poor helpless little dog through anything like that but than in a way I feel I am letting him down my not investigating every type of possible treatment. I just feel so terribly helpless.
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Good morning please dont be discouraged my little female chihuahua 3 and a half years ago suddenly stopped eating out of the blue. To make a long story short we had numerous xrays and blood work and consultations even from a neurology vet. They wanted to charge me $5000 for an MRI and she had already lost half of her body weight when I asked the neurologist what do you think this is really? She said steriod responsive menegitis and i asked how would you treat her. She said with steriods so I opted to start the steriods. At the beginning they put her on 2.5 mg every day and she started eating immediately. We slowly decreased her and three and a half years later she is maintained on a quarter of a 1 mg table every second day. She has been maintained on this for the past 2 years and she is a happy loving little girl. My family vet is old school and has two dogs of his own on prednisone and although we dont do any vacinations to rock the boat he yearly takes her blood and every six months gives her a check up. I visit him every month to cut her nails. At the beginning she did have a lot of hair loss and the first week some diaharrea but switching her dose to mornings instead of evenings did the trick. So please dont rule out the steriods to help your little one.
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