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.