Neurological disorder in Chihuahua?

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Posted 10/13/2013 by FLCindy in NSBR Board

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Posted: 10/13/2013 2:22:12 PM
My Sister has a 9 yr old Chihuahua. The dog is overweight and according to my Sister, has a little bit of arthritis.

My Sister's dog is literally unable to walk w/o medication. We don't know the name of the medication.

Tomorrow, she is taking her dog to the 4th vet in 2 weeks. From what we know, the last 2 vets said her dog, "T", has a neurological disorder. My Sister refuses to consider the diagnosis for "T".

I've done a little bit of research and it seems quite possibly the dog could have such disorder. However, I thought I'd ask the WDTPT?

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Posted: 10/13/2013 2:40:31 PM
I'm a firm believer in second opinions, but there is a limit.

I have two resources here for top notch specialists. One is a specialty hospital where they have an internal medicine department, an oncology department, ophthalmologists, orthopedics, etc. In other words, it is not a place to go for a normal checkup. Not only does it have an excellent reputation both locally and nationally, our own experiences there have been excellent. (It isn't cheap.)

The other choice is one of the top veterinary schools in the country, about an hour and a-half drive from here. They specialize in oncology and heart. Vets from all over the world go there to study.

So, if you have a specialty place as an option - that she would trust - that might be something to suggest.

If she won't believe the diagnosis, well, there is nothing you can do, really.

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Posted: 10/13/2013 3:13:35 PM
I took my dachshund Bud, who is no longer with us, to a neurologist. She confirmed what my vet said and that was that they both thought that Bud had a brain tumor. Surgery was not an option for him at this point because neither thought that he could survive surgery so we didn't consider it. We treated symptoms only. Bud would sometimes start running in circles. If I didn't stop him and pick him up, he would run himself to exhaustion. He also would sometimes walk into the wall, usually a corner and didn't seem to be able to get out. He was also blind so that didn't help. He went blind suddenly when he was 5. At this point in his life, he was still a happy dog and lived a happy life with these episodes sometimes getting in the way. I started crating him when I left him alone.

Hans on left, Bud in middle, Gretchen on right

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Posted: 10/17/2013 8:50:15 AM

My Sister's dog has a problem with his neck. In order to correct the problem, the little dog will require ($5,000) surgery.

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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:03:37 AM

$5K for surgery on a dog? I know that I wouldn't be able to afford that. I'm sorry.

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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:29:04 AM

I thought I'd ask the WDTPT?

If it were me I'd look at the overall quality of life the dog had and if I felt it was poor or quickly declining I would euthanize. I have seen many animals suffer for long periods of time because owners could not let go. I have also seen people put themselves in serious financial positions for their animals. To me neither is okay.


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Posted: 10/17/2013 9:33:37 AM
What would I do? Spending $5K on a pet is not on the table. So I'd talk to the vet about quality of life and decide when or if I had to euthanize my pet.
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