New to the forum, so hello to all. My pup Gunner is only 18mos. and boy has he had quite the ride.
New Years day of this year I came home to find Gunner laying on the couch looking about as pathetic as could be - 2 days, 1 spinal tap and hundreds of dollars later it turns out Gunner had Aseptic Meningitis. He was treated for a mild infection and put on Prednisone... the treatment lasted approx 6-8 weeks (I can't remember that far back) but since then he's been great.
Just a month ago I came home to find him in the same state. I had noticed three days prior that he was favoring his back right leg, but only for a quick min. I took him back to the vet who quickly decided that his meningitis came back and suggested we put him back on prednisone and amoxicillin (for any infection that could be there). This seemed to be working, that is until the prednisone ran out.
His drinking increased even after the pred. stopped, he didnt eat much and was starting to act rather lame, sleeping all the time and looking really lethargic when he was up and about. I decided at this point to do some poking around on the internet... after a very short hour I was pretty convinced that his kidney's were failing... so to the vet we go.
The vet seemed to think it was a little too rare for kidney's in a dog his age to fail.... but wait doc... how common is meningitis...TWICE??? Anyhow, the doc was convinced that we just didnt give him enough time on the pred. and that we should do a better job of weening him off. I asked, and he complied, for them to do a basic blood panel to check (if anything for my peace of mind). An hr later the results were in, all levels were normal.
Bringing him home from the vet that afternoon he started vomitting.. a LOT, but this only lasted just this night (which has been about a week now) since then maybe once a night I'll catch him belching and perhaps swallowing whatever little bit may have worked its way out of his stomach.
So... (I'm trying to make this as short as possible!, forgive me.) Got him back on Pred. and he's doing better. Great!... or so I thought.. started giving him the meds every other day (to start weening) and have noticed that he is in pain on the days without his prednisone. Yesterday seemed to be the worse... he didnt seem to want to put his back right leg on the ground... he'd keep it up while drinking/eating and limp on it when he walked. I figured I'd take him in, have him x-rayed and figure out what the problem is... well...
I wake up this morning to yet ANOTHER issue. Gunner is now walking on his back right leg... only because he can't walk on his front left... AT ALL!. He's trying to move around with only one front leg... I tried picking him up to set him outside and he was having no part of it... yelping in pain.
So here I am... lost... miserable... feeling helpless...
Anyone have any ideas????