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cocker spaniel mystery

Linda Kay
November 5th, 2006, 03:13 PM
We are about at out wits end with our 10 year old cocker. It all started with a hot spot about 4 months ago. Took her to the vet and eventually was healed. She then continued to be really weak and just not herself. Took her back, did more test, blood, ekg, and the ekg was troubling. Vet thought she had an enlarged heart. Took her to a specialist and could find nothing wrong with her heart, so we are back to square one. Now she is really tired all the time and she has tmj. We feel we have had all the tests done and the odd thing is also, some days she is really herself and then other days can hardly get up. Yesterday out of the blue she climbed our stairs and seemed fine. Today she has no energy. Has anyone had these symptoms, and if so what is wrong? Thanks for your help and I hope this post isn't to confusing.
Linda

Frenchy
November 5th, 2006, 04:07 PM
Hi Linda. First of all the hot spot has nothing to do with the other problem. Maybe your dog is just getting old. Have you notice on the days where she has trouble getting up if it's raining or very humid outside? Maybe some glucosamine supplement could help (unless she's already taking some)

hazelrunpack
November 5th, 2006, 04:12 PM
We feel we have had all the tests done and the odd thing is also, some days she is really herself and then other days can hardly get up. Yesterday out of the blue she climbed our stairs and seemed fine. Today she has no energy. Has anyone had these symptoms, and if so what is wrong? Thanks for your help and I hope this post isn't to confusing.
Linda

These symptoms are very common in dogs with Lyme's disease. Have you found any ticks on her lately? Or has she even been in areas where ticks are common? Did the vet do a Lyme's test? If they haven't, it's worth a shot...

We're in the thick of deer tick territory over here and the vets will sometimes treat for Lyme's disease if the dog is showing these symptoms with no other explanation even if the Lyme's test initially comes back negative. Evidently the diagnostic tests aren't always 100% accurate, and the problem is common enough here that the treatment is warranted. Not sure how common Lyme's is in your area--or other tick-borne diseases, for that matter...

Good luck! :fingerscr Please keep us posted.

PS What is "tmj"... I hesitate to ask, because I'm not good at abbreviations and sometimes they're so obvious as to be embarassing when I can't figure them out! :o

OntarioGreys
November 5th, 2006, 05:50 PM
Was she checked for thyroid disease?

As mention tick disease is a possibility, often symptoms do not show up till a few years after the bite from an infected tick

Linda Kay
November 5th, 2006, 09:15 PM
[QUOTE=OntarioGreys;311222]Was she checked for thyroid disease?

As mention tick disease is a possibility, often symptoms do not show up till a few years after the bite from an infected tick


Yes she was tested, the more I research on this forum I am thinking she may have arthritis in her back legs. After all, she is 10 now.
Thanks for your response to my question.
Linda

rainbow
November 6th, 2006, 02:49 AM
Yes she was tested, the more I research on this forum I am thinking she may have arthritis in her back legs. After all, she is 10 now.
Thanks for your response to my question. Linda


Please don't rule out Lyme disease as, quite often, it is very hard to detect.