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Hi. I just joined this forum because I am at a loss and do not know what to do. I have never had a dog or a golden before so I am a new mom. Last Sunday, Cooper played like crazy. We live at the beach and it was beautiful so he was running around the beach and playing with my boyfriends 7year old golden. On Monday I woke up for work and he is always waiting by my bed wagging is tale ready to play and go out. On Monday he was not, I walked out and he was lying on the ground. When I tired to call his name he jut looked at me and did not get up. I had to help him get up, he was very out of it and lethargic. I thought he might just be tired. As the day went on, I knew something was wrong. We took him to the ER vet where they tested his blood for all the tick born diseases bc he had a tick a week earlier, they call came back fine. They also did an abdominal xray which came back fine. We were discharged and told to feed him chicken and rice. I was very frustrated bc we got no answers. He has been eating drinking and going to the bathroom. On Tuesday I woke up and he was worse than Monday. So lethargic and looked so sad. He is just a baby, so this has been really hard for me. We took him to our regular vet on Tuesday. They did a neck xray and saw inflammation on one of the vertebrae. We were given tramadol, prednisone and a muscle relaxer (cannot remember the name). Needless to say my poor Cooper has been out of it with all the medications he is on. He has gotten better but is still not himself. The vet did let us know that we may need to get a MRI. On sunday I woke up to find Cooper limping. He has not been having much activity as the medication makes him tired and I want him to rest. so I have no idea what he has done to his leg. He is much better but do you think the medicine is masking his pain. Should I get a MRI?? I have not really been given a full diagnosis and just want him to feel better.​
Sorry this so long and all over the place. I have not been sleeping much and am very worried.​
 

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Agree an MRI is probably a good idea at this time. It will show soft tissue and if there is any damage. He may have hurt himself while playing...
 

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Oh poor little Cooper! It is good they did an xray. However if it is more serious than just some inflammation, the MRI is the only way you will know for sure. Definitely the pain meds are making him feel better, so don't let him become too active. I know Cooper is young, and my experience is with an older dog - but we did have a ruptured disc. His symptoms were very much like you mentioned with Cooper. I always hesitate to write these types of things to scare anyone. But sometimes the longer you wait the more damage that is done to nerves, etc. The limping is part of the entire picture. It could be considered a good sign since he was not walking at all previously. I would say to stay in close contact with your Vet. MRI's are not cheap so I don't want to say "yes, run out and get one". Only you can make that decision along with the advice of your Vet. Since it has been going on for a week now, you might talk with your Vet about seeing a specialist. Please keep us posted on his progress.
 

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We are going back to our vet tonight for a check up and to see what he thinks we should do regarding getting a MRI. I will keep you all updated. Thank you so much for the responses. I have been so upset this week. I just want an answer. Do any of you know how much a MRI normally costs?
 

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Here in the Bay Area of San Francisco, I think we paid around $1400 for the MRI and that was about 2 years ago. Good luck! As I mentioned, you can always ask your Vet about seeing a specialist. My Vet is the first to admit when he has reached the point of his ability (don't get me wrong he is fabulous) and deciding when it is in all of our best interests to see a specialist. Good luck!
 

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In Chicago area I paid $800 for an abdominal mri 2 years ago. Good luck!
 

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I feel so bad you have this worry and poor Cooper!

Goldens are generally stoic so for him to be down for the count -especially at 11 months - he was probably in a significant amount of pain.

I would get the MRI. You can spend more in the long run - not to mention the time wasted - if you try treatments without the MRI.

Have you considered a specialist? If this is complex, or seems that it getting to be more than your vet normally handles, I would get him to a specialist.

you can search for a board-certified vet specialist on the ACVIM website:
Veterinary Specialists | Find a Board Certified Veterinary Specialist Near You

 

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THANK YOU so much for all the help!! Cooper had a pinched nerve in his neck. I am so thankful it was not something more serious. He is sill on his medications but he is getting better and better everyday! He is almost back to his usual self. We are still limiting him in his activities and are keeping him very mellow and low key. He seems a little depressed because he is so use to doing so many activities, but for a few weeks we are going to keep him from doing anything crazy!

Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
 

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Thanks for the update. Hopefully the problem resolves soon and he is back to normal. Robbie has a neck issue also, and when he is having a spasm in his neck it does make him limp on the front too. It's all connected.
 

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Thanks for the update & glad you know what it was that was bothering him. Did you have to move forward with the MRI to get this diagnosis?
 

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Glad he is doing well. The symptoms you described are exactly what happened to Lucy in September then re-occurred right before Thanksgivng where she was diagnosed with Steroid Reaponsive Meningits. If it reoccurs you consider SRMA I know it seems extreme but it happens for no reason in pups younger then 2 yrs and is auto immune. Sec d time Licy had neck pan she crashed really fast and it was very scary. They put her on ordinance and within hours she was much better. It took until just a few weeks ago for her limp to go away which is unusual but can happen.

I would never second guess the vet but just wanted to tell Lucy's story to you as your dogs symptoms match hers exactly and I was told it's often over looked.

Hop g your guy is 100% soon.
 
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