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pamala2132 May 15th, 2012 07:41 PM

Looking for help
Hi, I have a wonderful little friend named Yogurt. He is a mix between Chihuahua and Cairn Terrier. I rescued him from Fuzzy Paws and have had him almost one year. He is about 2 years old and very sweet. About a month ago, he suddenly appeared to not walk right, gained about 3 pounds, and not able to jump up steps like he use to do. I took him to the vet twice, and thought it was a bum front right leg. With x-rays taken, there was no apparent cause for this sudden onset of problems.
I have been watching him alot and it seems that his hind legs don't have the strength to allow him to jump up steps. He seems to be off balance at times and runs into furniture when he runs around the house.
I think it's a neurological problem but I don't have the dollars to run the MRI or CatScan that the vet talks about. I wonder if anyone has a clue as to what Yogurt and I are dealing with? Any suggestions would help.


hazelrunpack May 16th, 2012 10:18 AM

Just a thought, and it might be within your budget, even if it doesn't pan out. Mysterious lameness around here usually means a tick-borne disease. Many of them [I]can[/I] have neurological effects... The tests for them give a lot of false negatives, so our vets usually treat if the symptoms are there, even if the test indicates nothing is there. Maybe your vet would be willing to try a short course of doxycycline or other appropriate antibiotic to see if there is any improvement?

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