Our 7.5 yo, 45 lb male mix breed (our guess: most likely beagle
and shepherd mix) suddenly developed pain and weakness in his hind quarters about 2 weeks ago. We visited a local vet who took x-rays and determined that the dog developed some kind of sensitivity in his spine (pinched nerve?) that cause the pain and weakness in his hind quarters.
Vet prescribed prednisone 20mg for 5 days, then tapering down. Also added a muscle
relaxer and a stomach
lining protectant. Dog has shown several of the side effects, such as reduced bladder control, depression, trembling, more drinking.
We are now in phase 3 of prednisone and tapering down to 5 mg per day. However the dog is losing interest in drinking and eating, panting constantly (prednisone?) and at times, trembling significantly (prednisone?). Also , the pain is not gone and the weakness in the hind quarters seems to continue to increase.
This dog was healthy until about 4 weeks ago, when he first developed a sneezing
cough, maybe kennel cough
, passed on to him by a friendly dog we know.
We are looking for a prognosis and suggestions for what else could be happening that we may try to have treated.