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He is almost 10 and all of a sudden started holding his head to one side and yelping sometimes when you go to pet him. Also is trembling a lot. The vet took an X-ray and said he had an infused spine. She gave him steroids and pain meds but the steroids had him peeing and having diarrhea all over the house (even with diarrhea meds). They slowly weened him off them but we still gave him the pain meds which seemed to work then all of a sudden they didn’t seem to work anymore. They gave us a new med and he seemed better for a few weeks but now he seems to be in pain again. He just seems out of it. Kind of pacing, laying down, getting up etc....not himself. He eats fine though and still drools when he sees food and wants anything we give to him. He lost a few pounds though so the dr said to feed him an extra scoop a day which we have but last we checked he lost more weight (that could have been from a bought of diarrhea though). He was 76 lbs and as of a few weeks ago 69. We need to weigh him again. I just don’t know what else to do. I guess the next step is to check for cancer? They said his heart, kidneys, all blood tests he took last month were all normal. They also told me they loose a ton of boxers at age 7 of 8. Ours will be 10 next month. I know for a boxer that is old but some do live until 12.
 

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I'm sorry it's just not sounding good here. A long life span is saddly not really a Boxer thing. There are always going to be outliers, I do believe the oldest Boxer on record was 17 - 21??? It was something like that??

Struddell got struck down with DM at age 8 and I barely manged to dragged her across, the ten year mark with lots of effort. I hope it works out for you guys however, good luck and welcome aboard, sorry it's under these circumstances. :(
 

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Thanks. I don’t think it’s DM because that is painless and our dogs yelps like he is scared and in pain.
 

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Sorry, I was not saying your Boxer has DM mine did. :)

This maybe helpful and there is a link to (A) long lived Boxer, there also. I "thought" I saw another on "BoxerWorld" (hate that site) and that is where I got the 17 to 21 years of age.

Life Span of the Boxer Dog | Boxer Information Center
 

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Sorry to hear about your dog. Did they rule out pancreatitis, or an abcess of a tooth? I had a Boxer with lymphoma, and we did do x-rays to make sure there was no bone involvement. There was none. If you live near a specialty vet hospital you might be able to see an internal medicine specialist. These clinics often have board-certified radiologists who are skilled at recommending, and reading different types of x-rays or ultrasounds. Are they giving Tramadol for the pain?
 

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So sorry your boxer is going thru this. Its probably not related but I have a chihuahua that had a ruptured disc in his neck. He kept yelping and holding his head to the side. We ended up taking him to a ER vet for diagnosis as are regular feet really couldn't do much other then give him pain meds. The ER vet did surgery on his neck, $3000. worth. He was only 6 at the time and chi's re long lived. He is 14 now and has been fine since, only he had to be restricted from jumping and running with other dogs and no collars. 10 is a great age for a boxer and I hope you find a way to keep him with you. Since he doesn't seem to have a lot of the other health issues that boxers unfortunately have I would investigate further with vets if you can afford the $. Best wishes to your senior guy.
 

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So sorry your boxer is going thru this. Its probably not related but I have a chihuahua that had a ruptured disc in his neck. He kept yelping and holding his head to the side. We ended up taking him to a ER vet for diagnosis as are regular feet really couldn't do much other then give him pain meds. The ER vet did surgery on his neck, $3000. worth. He was only 6 at the time and chi's re long lived. He is 14 now and has been fine since, only he had to be restricted from jumping and running with other dogs and no collars. 10 is a great age for a boxer and I hope you find a way to keep him with you. Since he doesn't seem to have a lot of the other health issues that boxers unfortunately have I would investigate further with vets if you can afford the $. Best wishes to your senior guy.
Wow that happened to a Chi at 6???

That sounds both expensive and hopeful. Thanks for posting any pictures of the little guy???
 

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Wow that happened to a Chi at 6???

That sounds both expensive and hopeful. Thanks for posting any pictures of the little guy???


Yes it was all my fault. He was wearing a collar. Really never gave it much thought as he always did since I got him at 2. He also had a retractable leash. He would run around on the leash and this day he saw something and lunged for it.The retractable leash went to it full length and he came to sudden end, I'm sure this is how the damage was done. I tell people now get rid of those leases you lose control if they lunge like that and they will snap their neck. I'll take a picture he is never still enough so I never take them, lol. He was chocolate brown and now he is mostly white. Old age.
 

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If he is cocking his head and stiff, I would look into a tooth infection or salivary gland infection. I'd also have your vet scope his ears to see if there is any infection. Do a round of antibiotics and see if he improves, test for tick born illness as well.
 

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Dr told us to get and MRI. I was told and MRI alone can cost $1500-3000 and that is just for the MRI. The expenses are crazy. We have money but with so many other expenses not sure what to do.
 

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If your vet suspects it's neurological, can they send you to a neurologist? They can learn a lot by doing a comprehensive neuro exam, without ordering an MRI first. Many diagnostic x-rays of the spine require that the dog be put under anesthesia. Did they do that, or an ultrasound.
 

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They did an extra of his neck and spine only and said he had and infused spine. I weighed him and he has gone back up to 76 lbs since we fed him a little more. So that’s always a good sign I think? I just hate that he yelps and trembles and is holding his head cocked to the side.
 

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I don't know where you are located. I guess I'd ask the vet who took the x-rays to send them to a vet who specialized in orthopedics to review. That would include also sending all the notes about treatment, and symptoms.

The veterinary teaching hospitals that just do these types of consultations. I had a Boxer with chronic pancreatitis who had at least six abdominal ultrasounds that were read as inconclusive. Finally a board-certified radiologist took, and read x-rays, and ultrasounds. They found quite a few things. I think the more experience the better. Hope things improve.
 
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