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About 2 weeks ago my 1 yr dog mixed breed...

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22 Aug 2019

About 2 weeks ago my 1 yr dog mixed breed started acting like he didnt want to be petted. He began to leave the couch if my husband touched him intermittently. Then it happened all the time. Now he acts disoriented and even growls when u try to pet him. Had been itching from fleas or allergies. Vet expressed his glands examined him prescribed apoquel for itching. Also Simparica i gave him tonight. Hes acting even more disoriented and growled. Need to get some input what could be happening here.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. Using the wrong medication for fleas can be dangerous. You should definitely talk to the Veterinarian. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Taz. Hes been on Revolution up til yesterday and the behavior symptoms have gone on several weeks just getting more disoriented and aggressive daily. The recent meds may have made it worse cant say. Vet exam didnt indicate any areas of pain. She prescribed apoquel thinking he may be allergic making him hypersensitive. But hasnt helped
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Taz?
Customer: Taking vetprofen starting yesterday
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22 Aug 2019

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Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
He was acting fearful and would run to me if my husband tried to pet him. Then tonight he even growled when i petted him. He was normslly a happy social animal trying to please everyone. Still gets along fine with other dogs just a little more subdued.
22 Aug 2019
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22 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years. Rest assured that I will do my best to help you today. I am very sorry to see that you have not received a response to your initial question before now. I’m afraid I don’t have any control over your wait time, but I will be happy to assist you moving forward. Will you give me an update on how your companion is doing at this time so that I can move forward with addressing your concern? Have there been any changes since your original post?

22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
No
22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Nothing else really.
22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Im fine with online consult
22 Aug 2019
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22 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

Do you have any guesses as to what breeds make up his genetic composition?

How much does he weigh?

Any vocalizations?

Can you share video of the disorientation?

When was bloodwork last performed?

When were x-rays last performed?

Is he on any medication but the Apoquel and Simparica?

22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Dna tests say mostly dachshund terrier mix. 23 lbs
No recent bloodwork or xrays performed yet. Does a rumbling growl walks away lays down in a location further away from whoever tried to pet him.
22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Just the vetprofen
22 Aug 2019
Dog Specialist's response
22 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

I must have answers to all the questions posed in order for us to move on. These remain from the last bank of questions sent:

Any vocalizations like yelping?

Can you share video of the disorientation?

22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Ia soneone going to reaspond with whar could be going on with Taz.
22 Aug 2019
Dog Specialist's response
22 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

You've not responded to my last post. I was waiting on you. Here it is again:

I must have answers to all the questions posed in order for us to move on. These remain from the last bank of questions sent:

Any vocalizations like yelping?

Can you share video of the disorientation?

22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Have no video juat description i gave. He is sleeping right now. No other vocaliizations except growling after we try to pet him .
22 Aug 2019
Dog Specialist's response
22 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy
Veterinary Nurse

Thank you.

I'm honestly surprised that your vet chose to put your companion on Apoquel without running bloodwork first. As well, growling is often a warning sign indicating discomfort. I strongly feel that your companion needs diagnostics at this point. If your vet does not, it's time for a second opinion at another hospital. One of the most common causes of not wanting to make contact and growling/behavioral changes in Dachshunds and Dachshund mixes is due to discomfort in the spine. This can be chronic or intermittent, which may explain why your vet was unable to elicit pain on examination. It's also important to note that pain is often not detected with gentle handling. We often need to palpate deep into the muscle to elicit pain. One condition that commonly plagues such breeds is IVDD or intervertebral disc disease. This often manifests itself as discomfort in the neck and back, resulting in behavioral changes and aggression in trying to warn others that they do not want to be handled due to discomfort. We can see symptoms as minor as intermittent tenderness and as major as full paralysis of the back legs. You can learn more here: http://sevneurology.com/articles/intervertebral-disk-disease-ivdd-in-dogs/

I would urge you to schedule a veterinary visit at this time with diagnostics. Your vet will likely recommend diagnostics such as x-ray, myelogram, CT or MRI. They will likely also place your companion on a canine-safe NSAID and muscle relaxers, as well as pain meds like tramadol. Strict kennel rest will continue for a few days to a few weeks based on their condition and if it worsens they may recommend more diagnostics or referral to a specialist.

If you have to wait, the best approach is going to be strict kennel rest with no risk of jumping or falling. Avoid playtime even if your companion seems improved. You’ll also need to make an immediate switch from a collar to a harness, this change should be permanent.

If your companion is not on any pain medication and you absolutely must treat from home, you can give aspirin in a pinch. Please see the following link for info about dosing and risks: http://www.veterinaryplace.com/dog-medicine/aspirin-for-dogs/ I would also recommend starting a joint supplement like http://www.glycoflex.com. If you have not already done so, I would urge you to look into pet stairs for your pet as jumping onto and off of elevated surfaces can certainly exacerbate this condition. One wrong landing and you may wind up going through this all over again, potentially to a more advanced degree. I do not want to scare you, but I want to be entirely upfront and honest about the risk involved.

If you elect to treat from home and the aspirin helps, you've confirmed pain and the underlying cause needs to be determined through diagnostics. I would also strongly recommend bloodwork to rule out conditions like tick-borne illnesses and thyroid dysfunction, both of which can cause acute onset of behavioral changes and aggression.

I also want to mention that Apoquel is not without risk, though it works well against allergies. I, personally, have skipped using this medication in my own household after visiting with an oncologist for one of my pets. The warning issued by the oncologist informed me that many animals were developing cancer (and existing cancer was worsening) on this medication. I feel it's pertinent to share that info since your companion is on the medication.

It has been my honor to assist you today, I hope this information has been helpful as I take a great deal of pride in my work. I will be standing by if you have any questions I did not address, please feel free to reply and I will respond further. Please be sure to leave a rating or issue thanks before signing off today so that I know you received my response above. It’s imperative for this to be done for the website to compensate me for helping you.

22 Aug 2019
Customer reply
22 Aug 2019
Thank you.
22 Aug 2019
Dog Specialist's response
22 Aug 2019
PitRottMommy
PitRottMommy

My pleasure. Good luck to you!

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