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Hi all, new to this forum and looking for advice. My 9 year old boy Charlie suddenly yelped and jumped up from him sleep Monday morning and then after that became very still and hunches his back and could not lie down or move very much. He was in so much pain. We took him to the Emergency hospital and when we for to the parking lot he could not even stand up anymore and was taken in on a gurney. they wanted to do an MRI,but the cost of that was over 7k and I couldnt afford that right now. The doctor said he thinks it is something to do with his spine/neck and nervous system. It could be anything from a slipped disc in neck or potential tumor on his spine that caused this.
we got him started on some pain killer meds and a NsAID along with some hemp oil to relieve some of the pain. He still cannot stand up or walk and it is so disheartening. I love my boy so much and I dont want to put him down but I think I may have to. He seems to get betterbwith moving his head/neck now and even barked earlier today. I dont want to put him down if he can somehow come out of this miserable position. Has this happened to anyone before? I am searching for any answers at this point. Thank you
 

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My first thought from the title was DM! As he is in that range. But there is no pain and It comes on slowly. . So it,s not that. And while I am Not a Vet, I am gonna call BS, on that Vet you are going to and say first ... Get a second opinion!

I don't understand why he need's an MRI, myself?? And as I say I am not a Vet, but many years ago ... I was as bad as off your dog! Let me explain about hmmm, 30 year's ago my Grandson came over he was a toddler then, I greeted him happily and liver him in the air and felt "something," give in my back???,

At that point ... I managed to slowly get him back safely to the ground and I was on the ground. On my knees and hand's and I could not stand up??? And I was now in a lot of pain! So with a lot of effort we manage to get to the ER, the next day, and they do an X-RAY, on me and say I have a "pinched nerve." And you know no big deal ,... Everybody can't walk at walk at some point in time?? Kinda ticked me off but yeah after about month or more I could walk and uh stand up without pain or pill's for pain!

I think it was at least a month thou if not two??? So step one is fine another vet! And as for an X-Ray, to check for a pinched nerve, that is what I had. Hopefully it's not a "Slipped Disk," which would be a bit more serious. In the mean time a heating pad on low would be helpful and sigh most likely you will need a fully body harness to help him through this.

Something like this.

And while I never did it myself Accupunture, I have heard it works. But I don't know if you can find it where you?? Ok working on a tablet here and not laptop so this is it for now. And sorry your guy is in pain but welcome aboard anyway.
 

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Thanks for the reply. I had went to two doff places one of which was a nuero doctor who recommended the MRI. I am not sure why they did not want to do xray all they said was that the MRI would show them exactly what is wrong and can tell them what they are working with. Prior to Monday, my dog might have yelped once or twice maybe and he went about his business as usual after that. The yelp and cry on Monday has set him back and now can’t walk or stand.
 

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I was wondering did they try other kinds of treatments like steroids' or heat and massage? I would seek another opinion from a regular Vet and explain you cannot afford an MRI a specialist is great but 7K is undoable for alot of people. I am not a believer in the CDB oil.
 

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I understand the costs are ridiculous and while a MRI would show the problem there are other alternatives to help although you could end up spending more int he long run. Do you have any Universities near you? Many have a veterinary program that will take care of animals for a lesser fee as the students are also gaining experience. This may be an alternative at more affordable healthcare. Otherwise I would go to my regular vet and ask for assistance. Perhaps putting him on pain medication and steroids for a short time to see if his pain is relieved. My vet also does acupuncture now, which is another alternative. I hope you let us know how it turns out as we all learn from others experiences here.
 

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That cost sounds ridiculously high. I would check around with other vets if they are available.

Really its the only way to tell if its a disc issue or something having to do with soft tissue.

Did they do an x-ray first? Thats usually the first step to rule out any vertebrae issues.

Not trying to scare you, but when a dog can't walk or stand, which is severe, if its not treated quickly, sometimes issues can become permanent.
 

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They did not do an Xray as they ruled that out completely and wanted an MRI first. I am assuming they think it is severe enough to bypass the xray and they think an MRI may be the best way to tell what is causing this. He is on pain meds, steroid and the hemp oil for treatment, but so far he is still the same and is showing no signs of improvement. He is eating and drinking on the regular and going to the bathroom is also not an issue. He just cant stand up anymore. I don't know what to do right now... i think he is still in a lot of pain when the meds wear off.
 

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I am so sorry its so frustrating when you don't know what's wrong with your dog. That's a lot of money for an MRI and an x-ray would be so much cheaper I would think it would at least show if there was some sort of tumor causing this or a dislocated vertebrae. I hope you will keep us posted on what you find it will help all of us. How long has he been on the steroid? Maybe give it some more time to work?
 

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OK ... there does seem to a debate as to whether an X-Ray is at all "useful," ... among us "Non Professional's?? A real quick way to get a second opinion, would be to just Germanshepard.com, and ask them!

They have a crap load of Vet Tech's ... that would know! And trust me ... LOL, they know Boxer's. I talked with a few of them over the year's. But I can't ask for you cuz, well it's a long story ....

So for right now do what you can. And getting that "Harness," I linked to would be a big help .. for you and your dog! It can help you and help your
dog! It will/can help save your back and his! Cuz getting, what 70 lbs of dog to his feet ... much less in a car ... can't be easy???

It can/will help you "both," get thru this! "And nuero doctor who recommended the MRI??" Sigh "I don't know??" But hey if your Carpenter ... every problem look's like a "Nail??" And every solution need's a "Hammer!" Just saying.

Lindar's, suggestion of a Vet University ... is a "sound one." I don't know how practical that is, but I think it's an idea worth pursuing.

And I don't know but when my bad went out ... an X-Ray was good enough for them to diagnosis a "Pinched Nerve??" But again I'm "NOT" a Vet!
 

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Chip I had two herniated discs that needed attention. They were not picked up on x-ray because it was soft tissue, it was only diagnosed after an MRI. Trust me, anything having to do with discs and soft tissue around the spine can only be done with an MRI.(y)

A CT scan can also be used but I believe the MRI is much more detailed. It was pretty amazing seeing the scans from my MRI.
 

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I do know that an MRI would give the best results with anything on the spine as Matt has said. They told me to keep him on the meds and see if he progresses. I am noticing very small improvments but nothing big like being able to stand has yet to happen. The hardest part is him going to the bathroom right now. Just having to get him up and do his business is such a hassle and he refuses to pee when i hold him up he just rather lay down and pee. This whole thing just sucks right now.
And essanuel, I agree with you that the cost should not matter but when you also have 3 kids to feed and take care of money does become a factor. It is not easy man.
 

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I do know that an MRI would give the best results with anything on the spine as Matt has said. They told me to keep him on the meds and see if he progresses. I am noticing very small improvments but nothing big like being able to stand has yet to happen. The hardest part is him going to the bathroom right now. Just having to get him up and do his business is such a hassle and he refuses to pee when i hold him up he just rather lay down and pee. This whole thing just sucks right now.
And essanuel, I agree with you that the cost should not matter but when
 

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Trust me I understand that money DOES matter if you don't have it! You can only do what is best for your dog within your means because all the money in the world doesn't change what is happening to your dog. I would give the meds a chance to work if it is a pinched nerve the prednisone should help bring down the swelling around the area the down side to that is it will make him pee more I know you are in a terrible situation and I am sorry you have to go thru this. I hope he will still show some improvement I hope its a good sign he is improving some.
 

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Thank you for your kind words. Yeah at this point we are letting the meds take their course and hopefully we see signs of improvement.
 

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You have my sympathy too, I wish we all had the extra funds where money is not an object for caring for our beloved pets but unfortunately it is a factor to many of us who have bills to pay. I hope this works for your guy and do search around for a university that has a veterinary program. they were very useful to my friend when her dog was going thru cancer treatment, though still quite expensive.
 

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Just a quick update. We are on a week with the meds and Charlie has begun to get up on his own and even start walking and moving around. Especially when jt is time to eat he smells the food and cant wait to eat. I am calling the nuero tomorrow to provide an update. Stay tuned!
 

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Oh I am so glad you stuck in there with him those steroids' are probably doing their job! They are also making him hungry! Please keep us posted we are all pulling for you guys!
 

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Hi all, new to this forum and looking for advice. My 9 year old boy Charlie suddenly yelped and jumped up from him sleep Monday morning and then after that became very still and hunches his back and could not lie down or move very much. He was in so much pain. We took him to the Emergency hospital and when we for to the parking lot he could not even stand up anymore and was taken in on a gurney. they wanted to do an MRI,but the cost of that was over 7k and I couldnt afford that right now. The doctor said he thinks it is something to do with his spine/neck and nervous system. It could be anything from a slipped disc in neck or potential tumor on his spine that caused this.
we got him started on some pain killer meds and a NsAID along with some hemp oil to relieve some of the pain. He still cannot stand up or walk and it is so disheartening. I love my boy so much and I dont want to put him down but I think I may have to. He seems to get betterbwith moving his head/neck now and even barked earlier today. I dont want to put him down if he can somehow come out of this miserable position. Has this happened to anyone before? I am searching for any answers at this point. Thank you
I"m so very sorry to hear about your Charlie, so very sad. I hope that he continues to improve.
 
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