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It is very bad news!
Charlie had ruptured a disc. Just came back from the vet and he recommands us seeing a spinal specialist. Made an appointment for Monday, they are not open for weekends.
Started perhaps a week ago, I noticed him limping. Yes, I'm a bad mom, did not take him right away to the vet. Thought it was a reaction on his nails clipping. My husband is on my case too, yelled at me on the phone.
Charlie went to the vet with excitment, jumped in the car thinking of going an outing. But came back all distressed and in more pain than ever? Been to the dog park and walked within this week without a problem. I really do not understand. Thought of briefly mentioned about his limping to the vet during his comprehensive care. And look what he discovered.
It must be the squirrels in the yard he has been chasing even wanted to climb the tree for!
I shall know more on Monday, keeping all fingers Charlie's paws crossed. Any suggestions welcome.
 

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Oh no! Fingers and paws crossed that this will be a speedy recovery for Charlie. Poor thing, give him extra gentle belly rubs from us.

Don't beat yourself up too much, it's so hard to tell when it's just a passing issue that will quickly resolve or something more serious. I have no doubt that if you even had a remote thought that this was something serious, you would have rushed him to the vet. Please let us know what the specialist says. We'll be thinking of you both.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie. Definitely try not to blame yourself, as you had no way of knowing the severity of his problem. Please know you and Charlie are in my thoughts, and please keep us updated!
 

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Charlie is resting in his crate, pretty much a DND. Won't respond to my call and won't take his pills. Just threw up some water. In much pain.
What I do not understand is, he was fine before the vet trip, only limping. He played fetch with me almost every night running back and forth the back yard. His speed is incredible. Every time someone passes by the fence, arrrroo he goes with the speed he carries. He ran so fast in the dog park just 2 days ago, someone even made a compliment on it. Apologized that his dog put up a chase at Charlie.
What had happened in the vet office, I'm not saying they've done something. But he changed so much walking out from it. Confirmed with a x-ray of an ruptured disc!? I'm not doubting it, afterall he is in great pain now. Don't get me wrong, I trusted the vet Dr. Salinas, he is great. But can some body explain to me how he changed from an active limping Charlie to a sad looking Charlie.
 

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Maybe Charlie is in more pain because of the poking/pushing/feeling around the vet probably did during his exam? Did they give Charlie anything for pain? I hope tomorrow's a better day for him, poor guy.
 

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Rhoda, don't blame yourself. Charlie needs you focused. I'm sure the specialist will have more answers for you on Monday.

Gentle belly rubs and beagle kissed to Charlie from Chloe and me. Hopefully he will feel better soon.
 

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I am so sorry Charlie is in pain. You are a good mommy to Charlie and we all know you would have taken him right in if you thought there was a serious problem. Please keep us posted. I will be thinking of you.
 

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Oh dear poor Charlie and poor you. The vet probably touched the sensitive part and the pain was made worse. Surprised he didnt give injections against the pain. Is there an emergency centre near you? Try and keep Charlie calm and dont blame yourself.
 

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You and Charlie hang in there. Vinny and Miles are sneding some healing vibes Charlie's way.
 

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OK...Charlie needs strict crate rest. No playing, no anything except for potty breaks.

They will recommend one of two things:
1. Aggressive - Surgery to decompress the spinal cord. Followed by meds, and strict crate rest for 4-6 weeks.

2. Passive - Meds, and strict crate rest for 4-6 weeks.

The surgery fixes the problem, without it, it can re-occur.

My thoughts are with you and Charlie.
 

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Rhoda, I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie.
I'm sure what Joe suggested is the proper care right now since he's had so much experience with Murphy.

Don't beat yourself up over this. Sometimes, no matter how vigilant we are, things happen with our furkids.

Good thoughts coming your way, and please keep us posted. We're all pulling for Charlie.
 

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Poor Charlie! Please don't beat yourself up about this! Just focus on what you need to do now -- please listen to Joe (Murphy's Dad) -- he knows exactly what is the right thing to do for Charlie, especially until you go to see the specialist. Also, if Charlie has any trouble walking when you take him out to pee, please take him to the nearest emergency hospital. Hopefully, your vet gave you the x-ray. The specialist may well want to take his own x-rays but, if the one the vet did is clear, he may not need to repeat that view.
If your vet's office is open today, I would call him/her and advise them of the changes you see and ask if Charlie needs something for pain until you get to the specialist.
Healing thoughts heading your way!
 

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Fingers and paws crossed for you both. When we took Hunter after seeing similar signs,she wouldn't walk and would limp. They told us it may be a slipped disc, and after x-rays it was determined it was infected anal glands.She was put on antibiotics, and the glands were drained. Did they take x-rays for you already?
 

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Poor Charlie!
I'm sorry to hear he is in pain. Try not to blame yourself about this. This kind of injury can be baffling. I had a beagle(Callie- rainbow bridge) who injured herself jumping off of a table(how she got up there, I know not) and went from acting a little sore to being in tremendous pain within days. The outcome for Callie ended up being surgery, which hopefully won't be the case for your sweet Charlie. We just never know exactly how these things happen. Sending healing and calming thoughts to you and Charlie.
 

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I'm so sorry to hear about Charlie - and completely understand where you are coming from after going through a ruptured disk in Booker's neck six years ago which ended in surgery (which went really well and she completely recovered and was better than new afterwards) plus we are now going through it again with her and another disk lower down her back which, paws crossed, will calm down without needing surgery.

As for your concerns about how we went from being fine to being in such pain so quickly, when Booker's disk ruptured in her neck she went from being absolutely fine one day to lying howling on the ground the next - it really did come on very quickly and without apparent warning.

Paws crossed for you (we'll add them to our own) that Charlie can be mended without surgery, but also know that if he does have to have surgery it will do wonders so if it comes to that it will be the best for him. Charlie is also young and otherwise healthy so if he has to have surgery he is in the best position to do so - which is why I am really hoping our 11 1/2 year old Booker doesn't have to go there...

Good luck and thinking of you - please keep us posted.
 

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Thanks you all of you, and thanks Joe. I put him in the crate right away after reading your post. He was lying down next to me. Before that he was in the yard some what back to his old self, only slower. I tried just letting him out for business, but he'll lingered around and not going. So I let him stay for a while. Usually an hour later, he is done with his business.
During the day, he does not like to be crate, he goes there for his nap with the door open. At night I usually close the door, he still have accident at night in the house. He is ok now with the door closed, at lease he is not barking. Maybe he is drowsy being drugged.
Dr Salinas said the specialist may operate on him or may not depending on seriousness. He has 2 kinds of medicine for anti-inflamation. He is doing well besides the slowness, he whimpered last night before bedtime. Thanks
I shall know more on Monday.

Rhoda
 
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