Appointment made for this afternoon, will let you guys know what the vet thinks.
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to the rest of you for your input, sometimes I need a kick up the backside to remind me, that it doesnt matter what the world thinks, only my dog.
You know your dog not the vet. Always trust your own instinct.
I went through the same doubt with Darcy. Early last year she started acting differently, nothing you could put your finger on but enough for me to know something wasn't right.
She stopped sitting on command, any picture we took she always preferred to lie down. We had her hips X-rayed, all normal.
She then stopped getting up to welcome you and would just lie in her bed wagging her tail and wait for you to go to her, some nights she would go off to bed by herself, during the night she couldn't get comfortable, a few days she would stay in bed and not want to come out for walks then when she did she wouldn't always jump in the back of the car etc etc etc.
basically she started acting like an old lady.
During this time I took her back to the vets nearly every fortnight. She had every test you can imagine, all came back negative.
I then noticed muscle wastage on her rear, she was tested for cushions, again results were negative.
I know my vets thought I was this hypochondriac dog owner but I never gave up.
I new my dog they didn't.
Luckily one day I saw another vet. The day before I was sure Darcy's gait had changed although it was hard to tell as she wasn't exactly lame. The new vet read through her records and actually listened to me. She agreed that although Darcy wasn't presenting any symptoms the way she tried to sit wasn't right and said she was going to refer Darcy to a neurologist to do some further tests and a MRI. She suspected early wobblers.
The neurologist did the tests and ruled out Wobblers but again couldn't find anything that stood out other than the awkward way Darcy tried to sit.
She then got the orthopaedic surgeon to look at her prior to her going down for an MRI.
He saw that she was 2/10th lame in her r/h leg but she wasn't showing any pain when manipulating it.
He rang me and said that they were going to do a cranial draw but he was only going on gut instinct.
His instinct was right and she finally got diagnosed with Degenerative Cruciate Disease.
Basically her ligaments had been fraying slowly over the year.
It was only because she also had a meniscus tear that she was showing up as 2/10th lame.
So yes I am proud to be a hypochondriac dog owner and I am so glad that I listened to my gut instinct.
Hope all goes well at the vets for you and please never let what they think put you off taking any of your dogs. After all that what they are there for. Sent from Petguide.com Free App