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Hi, I'm hoping someone can help. Our Boxer Mojo has been in and out of the vets for the past 3 weeks! We took her in after we noticed her drinking a lot more water, she ask for water 2-3 times a night and would then need to go out to wee as a result, she was also fairly lethargic and seem to stand slight hunched on her hind legs.

Our vets suspected Cushings and persuaded us to try vetoral after a HCTH came back slight raised! This then made her even more Lethargic (she would eat and drink but apart from that sleep),  after 1 week she was retested (HCTH) and her bloods came back very low, so we were obviously told to stop treatment immediately to avoid addissons crisis.

3 days later she went back  for full xrays and scans, more blood and urine tests, temperature, and neurological tests, and everything seemed OK apart from possible back problems (spondylitis), she was put onto pain relief tablets. Her Lethargy and water intake remained the same, after 1 week she went back to the vet and her medication was change to a different pain relief and cortisone  tablets, she was also given an injection of cortisone, within hours she picked right up, but she is only really back to where we were before the cushings miss-treatment medication!

Today we took Mojo to a orthopedic specialist who after examining  Mojo told us she didn't suspect her back as the problem! she showed no signs of being in pain when pushed and prodded! She has now referred us to a metabolic specialist! we await an appointment!

so to summarize; Mojo is still very lethargic,  increased thirst and urination, she has changed in the past month from being involved in everything we do, very playful etc etc o how she is now.

If anyone has experienced something similar with there dog please let me know!
 

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Welcome to the forum and I'm sorry you are going through this with Mojo.  :(  I don't have any experience with this but I hope you get some answers soon.
 

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Curious if they tested for T3-T4, kidney issues or diabetes?  Or if the Cushings HCTH Stim test was the only one?  Hope the specialist is able to point you in the right direction on this one!
 

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hi, yes they tested for kidney issues and diabetes and all seemed ok..... will report back after seeing the metabolic specialist.
 

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hi and welcome to the forum :) sorry about your babies problems, how old is she?
 

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Welcome to the forum, sorry for your frustrations, it really is tough..Hoping you can get some answers soon
 

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Hi.  I'm sorry to hear about your boxer.  Ours seems to be having the same type of problem.  
She's 7 years old.  About a month ago she started having trouble walking. She seemed stiff in her legs and was having trouble on the steps.  You mentioned yours being more of the back, but she seems more in her legs.  She wanted to be laying down all the time. The only time she would stand was to eat or drink and when going outside to go to the bathroom. She has had an increased thirst and appetite but she has lost atleast 5 pounds and is very weak. We have taken her to two different vets now. The only thing they have found is that blood tests have shown that her liver enzymes are high. She has had two ultrasounds done. The only thing that seemed out of place was that her liver was a little lighter than usual dog ultrasounds. But other than that, no tumors or anything seemed apparant. She is on a few different medications for her liver but she is going downhill. She has trouble just standing up.  The vet is trying to do what he can, but we really have no idea what the problem is.  I don't know if it's anything similar to yours, but the lethargy and increased thirst kind of seem like it is.
If you find anything else out, please let me know.  And I'll do the same for you.
Calli
 

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Hope you both find out what is wrong and please let us know on the forum also.
 

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Has your vet run a Spec-cPL test to check for pancreas inflammation?  Amylase and Lipase levels are not very accurate.  Increased thirst was a symptom of smouldering pancreatitis for us, and sometimes increased appetite went along with it.  A puzzling disease that can cause continued discomfort and pain.  Typical symptoms are not always present, and definitive signs are not always shown on ultrasounds.  An elevated Spec-cPL would show if this is a problem.  It would be important then to fast the dog, and fed a diet very low in fat.

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I'm sorry both of you are going through this with your dogs....it's so hard to see them suffering isn't it?  Please let us know if any news comes up.
 

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Hi to you all, I'm afraid we had to put our boxer to sleep yesterday, she started to show neurological symptoms on Monday and our vet felt it was probably a tumor putting pressure onto her brain, we were  scheduled for a MRI scan but she just went down hill too quickly and we knew it was not fair on her.

She meant so much to us and will really-really miss her. I wish I could give some good news and help you with Calli, I hope she pulls through.
 

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I feel so sad for your loss.  It is a terrible decision to have to make, one that surely shows how very much you loved Mojo.  My thoughts are with your family.

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I am so sorry for you..it's so hard to lose one of our babies.  If you need to talk...you know where a whole forum of boxer crazies are!
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss.
I don't even know what to say, I know how hard it is.  Pumpkin is still hanging in there.  We are trying to do whatever we can.  It's terrible though.
Sorry again.
I will pray for you and your family.

Calli.
 

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Duke is displaying insane thirst and urination now. He's even wetting his bed while I'm at work and also every night b/c I can't let him out every 1/2 hour at those times. He also just had a tumor removed from behind his right ear, so possible cancer scares me. These symptoms started before his surgery. The vet sent the tumor off to be biopsied at UGA; it appears to be a fatty tumor, but he said that a mast cell tumor sometimes hides inside of these. These posts are helpful, but scary. I'm calling the vet again in a minute to see if he would run the Spec-cPL on Duke today.
 

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Hi to you all, I'm afraid we had to put our boxer to sleep yesterday, she started to show neurological symptoms on Monday and our vet felt it was probably a tumor putting pressure onto her brain, we were *scheduled for a MRI scan but she just went down hill too quickly and we knew it was not fair on her.

She meant so much to us and will really-really miss her. I wish I could give some good news and help you with Calli, I hope she pulls through.
I'm sorry for your loss. Our family just went through the same disease with our nine year old girl.
Our girl was diagnosed with Cushing's disease, and when she wasn't responding to the medication, we took her back for a CT scan. The scan revealed a pituitary macroadenoma. They also discovered a large mass on her spleen when they took an ultra sound of her liver and adrenal glands.

She lost all interest in life the last few months. In the end, she couldn't chew her food, even though her food was soft home cooked.The specialist we took our girl to said the tumor was very large putting pressure on her brain. We had to help our girl to the bridge the day after Christmas. She was suffering so much.

Letting go is the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I know your pain. It's so heart breaking. But please find comfort in knowing you saved your precious baby from an agonizing disease.
My heart and prayers are with you.
 
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