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The vet at the teaching hospital in town has my 34 pound, 4

The vet at the teaching hospital in town has my 34 pound, 4 year old dog on 15 mg of prednisone every 12 hours as long-term treatment for a grand mal seizure my dog had 2+ weeks ago. They ruled out a bacterial infection as cause via blood work.we could not afford a MRI so did not pursue that diagnostic. My dog only had this one seizure. I have read some frightening potential side effects of prednisone and wonder if there is any chance my dog could be weaned off the prednisone after a period of time. My vet said we should check back with her in a year to re-evaluate. Does this seem a reasonable plan in your opinion? My dog acts virtually normal in some situations, e.g., chasing after a squirrel, with alert demeanor, tail fully up and animated. At other times, e.g., when standing relaxed, her tail will droop - unlike that of her brother's from the same litter. She seems to be tolerating the prednisone okay, but I wonder how much of the slightly less bright personality could be caused by the prednisone itself...vs whatever underlying problem there may be that caused her to seize in the first place. Your perspective is appreciated. Thank you. Kimball.JA: I'm sorry that only is feeling poorly. Seizures always look scary. Let's get you talking to the Veterinarian. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about only?Customer: the seizure was preceded by a general malaise, and overall weakness. In fact I took her to my regular vet prior to the seizure no knowing what could be wrong...X-ray and initial blood work was negative. She had the seizure shortly after returning home and prior to rushing her to the teaching hospital after she had the seizure.

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A Pug who always circles, never a straight line walker, I

A Pug who always circles, never a straight line walker, I know PDE could be a cause but what are the other diseases that could cause a 5 month old pug puppy to constantly circle.JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?Customer: A 5 month old pug puppy who circles constantly, never walks a straight line, PDE could be a cause, but what else should we be looking at?JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?Customer: No wounds, just circlingJA: What is the dog's name?Customer: Right now just puppy, he is in rescue and we want to adopt as we have had a pug who circled constantly but his started after vaccinations, he was a wonderful pug so we are thinking about adopting this puppy, but this time I want to see if PDE is the only thing that comes to mindJA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about PDE?Customer: It can only be diagnosed after death with a brain biopsy, so I would like to know if a different disease could be at fault.

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Are steroids common medication given disease, Pepper 11

Are steroids common medication given for vestibular diseaseJA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?Customer: Pepper 11 yearsJA: Is there anything else important you think the Veterinarian should know about Pepper?Customer: Takes enalapril 5mg once a dayJA: I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and connect you two.

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Our 8lb dog we believe has encephalitis. Has been on .6

Our 8lb dog we believe has encephalitis. Has been on .6 milliliters twice a day for 4 weeks and still isn't getting better. How much can we increase it 2. She is only 2 years old.

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I am having a similar issue as JACUSTOMER-e7mip1t with my 10

I am having a similar issue as JACUSTOMER-e7mip1t with my 10 year old beagle/dox/corgi mix. She is listless, lost 25% of her weight, having trouble waking. At this point we are spoon feeding & watering her and carry her everywhere.At the vet (first visit) we did a blood test, she weighed 22 lbs had a temp of 105. The blood work came back normal- no infection, thyroid low??, Lyme test neg. Vet treated her as if she had an infection. When there was no change after a week, treated her as if she had Lyme. After two weeks there was no improvement (actually she got worse), so we stopped the doxycycline. She now weighs 17 lbs. I also forgot the vet thought during one of the visits she had a heart problem (“dropping a beat”), the next visit her heart was normal but fast. EEG was normal. During the exam, she did not and still does not exhibit any signs of painPrior to all of this she was treated only for a few hot spots…steroid injection & some antihistamines. Late last year, she received a rabies vaccination from our township. Over the winter is when we noticed slight arthritic behavior (stiffness) & chalked it up to her age and the harsh cold weather in NJ. Our other dog exhibits no similar symptoms & received the township rabies vaccine also. (Different vial/dose?). Could the vaccine be the culprit? The Vet wants to get x-ray, CT, MRI…I am not sure she would survive the anesthesia….or that I can afford all of that.

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I took my 3 year old chihuhua mix to the vet because

Hello, I took my 3 year old chihuhua mix to the vet because she was drooling excessively this lasted for hours and then she lost control of right side. she could not walk. the vet did blood test that all came out normal but they did not find anything to cause this "episode" the drooling had happened before approx every 3 months but yesterday was the first time she lost the ability to walk. Today she seems fine like nothing happened.

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I have problem to interpret my ten year old cocker spaniels

I have problem to interpret my ten year old cocker spaniels behavior. She has some problems with her back legs. She will avoid to lift her self up in standing position, as if her back legs are to weak. When I lift her into the garden, she can walk a few steps without any visible problems other than a curved back, but then she will "sit"heavily or fall down sideways. She will then lie down, shaking. She has not urinated for 24 hours,or defecated for 48 hours, but then she drinks or eats almost nothing. I wonder if this can be a severe condition?

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I have a five year old male boxer very healthy. Not over weight

I have a five year old male boxer very healthy. Not over weight but the largest boxer I have had. Today he seemed totally normal then a few hours ago he began to act very confussed and began having just a few jerky movements. He started leaning on me kind of like a rag doll if that makes any sense. He is still acting very confused. So I took him outside to see if he needed to go potty and just watched him very closely. He began to walk very wobbly in circles and vomited several times. After he urinated he fell over. He got back up and fell over again. All the while he is still acting very confused. I have him resting on a blanket but he is still acting confused and keeps loosing control of bladder. (very small amounts) But he has never acted this way before. I am pretty certain he did not eat anything bad. No signs of redness around his mouth etc, What could be going on with him?

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My 9 yr old bulldog has head tremors and weight loss. He is

My 9 yr old bulldog has head tremors and weight loss. He is on thyroid med for hypothyroidism and tramadol and previcox. The head tremors started before he started taking the last two meds. Any ideas on what causes these?

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