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My Puppy has DJD

Hey it's been a while since I've posted about Sadie but I've been busy with getting ready to move to Austin, Texas, with finals, and finalizing things with graduating. However, I had to post once this happened. Saturday early afternoon Sadie (My 1 year old Beagle) was playing around like usual and being her crazy little self. Until afternoon came around and she was starting to slow down, she was grunting at us when we moved her and she seemed really uncomfortable. That night she slept okay and the next morning she was a wreck. She wouldn't get out of her bed and say hello, didn't eat, would barley move. When you picked her up she would yelp like crazy and she just looked lethargic to me. So being extremely concerned I brought her to the ER and she ended up being diagnosed with Degenerative Joint Disease, pretty much she threw out her back. The vet said because of her breed being a longer dog and being such an active crazy puppy that it could happen to her. My poor puppy had Xrays, a Lime titer done (neg!), and was sent home on pain meds and anti-inflammatory meds. I was wondering if this has ever happened to someone else before? My poor dog is in such pain, and will barley eat, barley move, and seems so uncomfortable. I feel HORRIBLE because there is nothing I can do. Somebody please post back and let me know what I should do. Its been only one day since she's seen the ER doc but she doesn't seem any better.

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Poor Sadie! I'm so sorry she's not feeling well. I personally don't have any experience with doggie back problems, but I know there are several here at BW that do. Hang in there, and I'm sure you'll get some feedback. Feel better soon sweet Sadie!
 

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I'm not sure about this but I wonder if your vet is a little confused or maybe I am - but I would think if a dog throws their back out then that would mean there is a problem with the spine such as Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD) whereas DJD or Degenerative Joint Disease refers to a problem with the joint such as knee or hip. There is also DDD - Degenerative Disk Disease which is what Shiloh Beaglebrat has (basically IVDD).

Did yourvet give you any exercise limitations - he/she should have. Also, it sometimes is best to switch to using a harness rather than a collar if you use one.
Also, I know we would all like to see almost immediate results but with something like this - it will take a few days to see a significant improvement.

Shiloh B's problem is in his tailbone - he has two disks in his tail totally gone, with degeneration in another - right where the tail joins the body. I have no idea how it happened but he likely got bumped the first time which may have bruised it severely. He has had only 2 episodes and he is 6 y.o., where he has really shown that he was hurting bad and carried his tail tightly tucked in. The vet told me if it gets really bad - if it causes severe problems then Shiloh B. may have to have his tail amputated and it comes to that point - I will get a second opinion first.

Hopefully others will chime in with more specific back problems. Sending out prayers for Sadie to feel better soon.

Oh, there is a supplement - Glucosamine/Chondroitan Sulphate & MSM however Cosequin is still the best. There is alot of good stuff on the web. I know I still need to do some reading.
 

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First... any dog that is longer than it is tall can be prone to back problems. Dachsunds being the worst.

Next, I am no expert, not vet, but the DJD conclusion makes no sense.

I have been through back problems twice with Summer and Murphy. Both requiring surgery, both with polar opposite results.

If its a back issue, Sadie should have been given pain meds and an anti-inflammatory. You should have been told she need STRICT CRATE REST for 2-4 weeks. X-rays usually do not show disk problems. Only a myleogram, MRI, or CAT scan can show that.

You should contact you regular vet and hear what they have to say, and possibly see a specialist, most likely a neurologist.
 

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I agree with Joe, see you regular vet as soon as you can. You don't want to move Sadie with a bad back, or to a new place when you might be able to see your reg. vet and get someone who knows Sadie.

We've had back problems before, and the treatment was always the same, rest, no steps, no running, little walking, no climbing and massage the area, keep him warm, along with pain meds and Gluclosamine and Chondroitine...which I take for my arthritis....

Good luck. And I think you'll like Austin, my son lives there, and he loves it...not so much the hot summers, but he's used to SD cold winters.

Give Sadie a gentle hug from the boys.
 
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