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back problems

May 10th, 2006, 09:11 PM
If my pet was diagnosed w/ either a degenerative back disease or a slipped disc,(periodically unable to use hind legs, loss of bladder control once- was treated w/ prednisone)
would either condition contribute or cause frantic breathing? vomiting w/ blood?

thank u all for your support. Mr. Jasper did not survive.
Mr Jasper was a nin year old, chow-chow-newfoundland- mix. He was a big sweet puppy!

Lucky Rescue
May 10th, 2006, 09:16 PM
Difficult breathing and /or vomiting blood is an EMERGENCY and you need to get your dog to a vet right now.

May 11th, 2006, 03:16 PM
Yes, to the vet a.s.a.p. What type of dog do you have? I always immediately think Dachshund due to my personal experience. My first Dachshund was a pioneer in Dachshund back surgery - before that he had 3 episodes that were treated with steroids - and he did not exhibit symptoms you described. If a Dachshund and the problem is recurring, surgery might well be an option. Sometimes you are lucky and only one or two discs are affected instead of every single one. My second experience we went straight to surgery. Please let us know how your dog is doing.

May 14th, 2006, 03:45 AM
unfortunately Mr. Japer did not make it. I am still very confused as to what may have caused the abnormal breathing- what is separate from his back problems or wasit an asthma attack? thank u for you concerns

May 14th, 2006, 06:53 AM
Sorry for your loss:(

May 14th, 2006, 12:27 PM
I am very sorry for your loss had he been treated with any other meds other than the prednisone even something like aspirin?

May 14th, 2006, 04:52 PM
yes he was treated with the steroid-prednisone(which made him thirsty )on 2/18/06. His vet also prescribed-methocarbamol 2x a day.

After his initial occurrence,2/18/06, the meds helped significantly. It was hard to keep him restricted to the sun room. Moreover, I would come home on lunch, and find him sneaking from the 2nd floor:)

So we were really anticipating a full recovery. He went down again May 1st, we took him to the vet and she said based on his xrays- there was little that could be done and recommended the ortho specialist. Well again within 24 hours of his pred and metho treatment, we were unable to contain him. He was having a fit to go for a ride!

So for almost ten days he was his regular mischeivious self. until the day he suffered the irractic breathing and sporadic ability to walk.
I left to get his prescription refill and when I returned, he had passed.