Posted : 3/13/2007 9:43:10 PM
My 19 yr. old mixed Scottie has weakness in his right rear leg. The vet thinks he had a stroke a few months ago. No one really knows what is wrong. X-rays do not show anything glaring like arthritis or bone compression so the vets think it's neurological. I've had him seen by 4 different vets.
Scottie is going for acupuncture once a week and it seems to help some. He is on Rimadyl 2x a day and has started on Adequin. The Adequin seemed to really make a difference. Oh, and he's getting a B-12 injection once a day. Those really help him feel better. He begins hydrotherapy next Monday and we hope that will help strenthen the muscles in the back leg. I take him for a walk everyday and go as far as he wants and then we come home. He usually can make it half way around a city block. He has a very difficult time getting up and sometimes can't. He's incontinent and goes where ever he is, standing or lying down. I don't think he can feel when his bladder is full. He still has control of his bowels and ask to go outside to take care of that, but doesn't go out to urinate. When I invite him out he urinates, but won't initiate it on his own. He was housetrained all of his life so I know it's not behavioral. I have to be diligent, keep him confined, or clean up after him.
If I had a vet tell me that he wasn't taking x-rays because it would be a waste of time, I would find another vet. My acupuncturist just told me last week a story about a patient of hers (a Great Dane) who she had been treating for what the referring vet said was arthritis. That vet had never taken x-rays, but the acupuncturist took his word for it. The client became increasingly worse so the acup doctor told the dog's owner to insist on an x-ray with her regular vet. Good thing she did. They found a huge tumor that had been growing so large that it eventually shattered the bone.
Last vet I had to tell me "something was a waste of time" didn't get any more of my business!! They are not God, only vets!! When I want a second opinioin from a specialist I get a referral whether they like it or not.