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|08-14-2018, 08:34 AM||#1|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Haven't been here for awhile but need my TY forum friends to provide some reassurance
My Barclay is an energetic nearly 11 year old Yorkshire Terrier- last Saturday he awoke and was his normal rambunctious self, following me around doing laundry, jumping up on the sofa to sit on the back of it to bark out the window and around 5PM I was in the kitchen and he came through the doorway with his head down, his back slightly hunched and was unable to look at me by turning his neck. He was walking very guarded in the evening and then woke up on Sunday and seemed OK - as the day wore on Sunday i noted that he was getting quieter and quieter and when was walking more slowly again and again guarded - I called VET but being late Sunday evening no one answered - we were at the Vets office on /Monday AM at 7:00AM - she examined him and felt that he may have injured his neck, probably jumping up or off the sofa. She provided a steroid shot to the neck area and prescribed some pain pills for me to provide to him starting Tuesday AM - . His diet is the usual Wet Food Science Diet Lite. However, whenever my boys is under the weather i will make him Chicken and Rice - so i boiled up some Chicken on Monday AM and fed him plain chicken during the day and Chicken in Rice in the evening - we went to bed at about 9:00 pm due to exhaustion from being up most of the night before (Sunday) he was pacing and could not get comfortable. Monday night he immediately went to his bed and dozed off. I fell asleep at about 9:30 and awoke at 2:AM to the sound of him vomitting. There was diarrhea (watery) all over the floor and he vomitted once chicken that was undigested (he last ate a 7:00PM) He had a few more episodes of dry heaves but then settled down after I cleaned him and the room up. I finally fell back to sleep at around 4:00 and woke at 6AM to two more puddles of diarrhea but no vomit. Again, we went directly to VETS and she provided SQ fluids and special food to increase the fiber and bulk up his stool. She two tubes of blood and I was able to get a urine sample to take with me prior to leaving so she is testing his urine. As a side note, he receives NO OTHER table food, he is watched 24/7 and very spoiled as far as a baby goes, because he is my baby. My house is neat tidy and no clutter, there was absolutely nothing he could of ingested. He has never had pancreatitis or any other health issues. My question at the end of this LONG post (sorry, just wanted everyone to have the complete story) is. . . . could a neck injury and the cortisone shot cause the diarrhea/vomitting? Has anyone had a Yorkie with neck issues? I am considering an MRI if it does't resolve within the 7 - 10 days of crate resting - there will be NO MORE jumping on sofa or bed and off bed FOREVER. . . . . Thanks for any help you can provide and guidance. I hate to see my energetic man so lethargic and down, i want my buddy back
|08-14-2018, 09:36 AM||#2|
Join Date: Apr 2008
Also, can anyone recommend a good set of dog stairs - he has never used them before but i know now that i need to train him to get up to my bed and off my bed, i miss having my buddy with me at night. My bed is high, approximately 27" high, i would also like stairs with sides on them so he feels safe, he is a good stair climber as I have a colonial two story and he has climbed up and gone down the stairs since he was a pup with no issues, and an awesome jumper as well, at least as of Saturday AM. . . .not sure he will be jumping again with the neck injury.
|08-14-2018, 12:17 PM||#3|
Yorkie mom of 4
Donating YT Member
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: LaPlata, Md
It could be the pain medicine that caused the stomach issues. They gave Joey and pain medicine once that made him extremely sick with diarrhea. I do hope he gets better.
My babies Joey, Penny ,Ollie & Dixie
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|08-14-2018, 12:25 PM||#4|
YT 500 Club Member
Join Date: Mar 2018
I'm so sorry you and your little one are dealing with all of this.
I do not have experience with the symptoms you mention and was never successful getting my little one to use stairs.
The vet is testing the blood and urine sample.
There is a neck condition known as "Atlantoaxial Luxation" that was recently discussed on YT. See the post, "Syncope? Myasthenia Travis? Liver shunt?Excitement brings on."
Wylie's Mom referenced the article on VCA's site, "Atlantoaxial Luxation."
I have no experience with that condition; the symptoms of that disorder seem to be weakness and difficulty moving. I don't see that vomiting and diarrhea mentioned.
When did the vet expect the test results to be in?
Thoughts and prayers out to you. -- KatysMom
|08-15-2018, 01:36 AM||#5|
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Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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It's possible the combo of the meds, food, *and* the pain itself could cause the vomiting.
Yes, I've dealt with neck/back issues in 2 of my yorkies who had IVDD - not uncommon in yorkies. The first thing you'd want are good xrays of neck and back to confirm IVDD or something else...I wouldn't be jumping into an MRI right away.
If IVDD is confirmed, then what most vets prescribe for 'flare ups' involves about a 10-day to 3wk regimen combining Prednisolone, Methocarbamol (muscle relaxant), and a pain med like Tramadol. And you'd always want that regimen on hand if there is IVDD.
Keep us posted and let us know what happens, hope he feels better soon!
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