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My 7 yr old Boston has been struggling lately. A complete character change. Won’t come anywhere near us, just wants to be tucked away at the bottom of the garden. Can’t settle, yelps out of the blue and moves off again. Tries to shake but I can see he’s holding back and can’t really do it. Also trembling frequently. The vet can’t find anything and the bloods came back all clear…

He’s been referred to a neurological specialist for Monday.

Any thoughts?
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My mate got a spaniel pup about 3yr ago it was going great then out of the blue it started fly snapping when there was nothing there and behaving really unsocial, they where insured and the vet reffered it to a veterinary college for loads of tests all of which come back with no problems, In the end a vet tried some sort of anxiety/depression medication and it’s honestly sorted her right out, I’d never heard of such a thing? Shows it’s not always terrible news, Hope u get your dog sorted, :thumbs:
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piker al wrote: Sun Jun 16 2024 12:31 -
My mate got a spaniel pup about 3yr ago it was going great then out of the blue it started fly snapping when there was nothing there and behaving really unsocial, they where insured and the vet reffered it to a veterinary college for loads of tests all of which come back with no problems, In the end a vet tried some sort of anxiety/depression medication and it’s honestly sorted her right out, I’d never heard of such a thing? Shows it’s not always terrible news, Hope u get your dog sorted, :thumbs:
Thanks mate,

We’ve wondered about that as well. Wouldn’t be surprised at all. We’ve got two children under 3 yrs and it gets pretty chaotic at times. It’s just the suddenness of it that’s taken us aback. Hoping for a positive outcome
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try cbd oil for dogs .........ours has fits and is very nervous ......the oil on his food has made a marked improvement
i will find it and send you info ...thinks it a tenner worth a try and wont do him any harm
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stubbojo wrote: Sun Jun 16 2024 17:10 -
try cbd oil for dogs .........ours has fits and is very nervous ......the oil on his food has made a marked improvement
i will find it and send you info ...thinks it a tenner worth a try and wont do him any harm
Appreciated, cheers
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Bring the dog to a greyhound boneman, might have an alignment problem or might have a fracture.
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Consultant thinks it might be a disc issue as he screamed when he felt around the top of the neck. MRI on Thursday. Hoping he doesn’t need surgery as I’m pushing the Petplan…
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Could be arthritis
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The original post, resonates to one of my labs, that was a disc problem, not consistent but would have him walking like a crab at times if it caught him right, though the way you describe how your dog is behaving was similar, even down to avoidance as though you had just struck the dog and it was fearful... not pleasant for either I'm sure.
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Thanks for all of the comments. He’s had his MRI and Spinal Tap. We’ve been told that it’s suspected Meningitis. He’s currently pretty poorly so they’re keeping him in
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The great Gavino wrote: Thu Jun 20 2024 19:03 -
Thanks for all of the comments. He’s had his MRI and Spinal Tap. We’ve been told that it’s suspected Meningitis. He’s currently pretty poorly so they’re keeping him in
Good luck with it all Gavino, hopefully your pooch is on the mend soon, at least u know now what’s been bothering him
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Hi all,

It is indeed meningitis. He’s home now and a lot more settled. Strong steroids for the foreseeable future. He’s constantly asleep though. Seems a lot more chilled out since he’s been home but they said some dogs change a lot whilst on them.
The bill for everything is just under £4000.
Our insurance has a £4000 per condition clause.

Trying to figure out if this is a good thing or not. It won’t be if it happens again..

Many thanks for all of your comments
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The great Gavino wrote: Sat Jun 29 2024 15:47 -
Hi all,

It is indeed meningitis. He’s home now and a lot more settled. Strong steroids for the foreseeable future. He’s constantly asleep though. Seems a lot more chilled out since he’s been home but they said some dogs change a lot whilst on them.
The bill for everything is just under £4000.
Our insurance has a £4000 per condition clause.


Trying to figure out if this is a good thing or not. It won’t be if it happens again..

Many thanks for all of your comments
Well I'm glad you have a diagnosis and can see "some" improvement?

Your bill puts me in mind of my son's bill for a week long respiratory issue with one of his cats a few years back! My son had taken out a platinum insurance that covered everything up to a value of £8K! The cat's condition deteriorated rapidly and it passed away

(The Bill came in at £8050 face)
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Dave Horton wrote: Sat Jul 06 2024 15:13 -
The great Gavino wrote: Sat Jun 29 2024 15:47 -
Hi all,

It is indeed meningitis. He’s home now and a lot more settled. Strong steroids for the foreseeable future. He’s constantly asleep though. Seems a lot more chilled out since he’s been home but they said some dogs change a lot whilst on them.
The bill for everything is just under £4000.
Our insurance has a £4000 per condition clause.


Trying to figure out if this is a good thing or not. It won’t be if it happens again..

Many thanks for all of your comments
Well I'm glad you have a diagnosis and can see "some" improvement?

Your bill puts me in mind of my son's bill for a week long respiratory issue with one of his cats a few years back! My son had taken out a platinum insurance that covered everything up to a value of £8K! The cat's condition deteriorated rapidly and it passed away

(The Bill came in at £8050 face)
They're ALL c***s Dave..!!!

We had to take our 7yr ol sprocker to the vets on the Saturday before I came away (the following Monday) as she wasn't eating, and had been sick twice.

We took her to our local clinic and their VERY first question, before any treatment was, is she insured !

Anyway, after initial blood tests and scan (£900) the vet said it looks like pancreitice, and she will need to go to our emergency clinic in North Walsham. They wanted me to leave her at the clinic and they would send her over. I said no Im going home first and I'll take her.

Gets her to the clinic on Saturday afternoon and admitted. She's then hooked up to a drip with antibiotics and pain killers, plus another scan (we're now at £1500), plus overnight stay for the the night.
We get our evening update and the duty vet says she's still not eaten and they are concerned with her breathing as she's panting and looks to be in pain. We tell them, that after a previous operation on her heart and lungs when she was 3 (£10500 bill), this is normal.

Sunday morning we get our next update call, and she's managed to eat a small amount of grilled chicken, but they're still concerned about her breathing and pain. Again we tell them from what they are describing this is her normal breathing.
At this point they have now done another scan/xray and they believe she has either a cyst, fluid, or a tumour on her pancreas, so they need to take an aspiration and send the fluids off for analysis (total so far £2800).
Sunday evening call. She's seems to be more comfortable, but they've now got her on a CRI for the pain, instead of 4 hourly injections.

Monday morning, I am travelling, but get an update before I leave for the airport. She's had a good night and managed to eat a little more, still not a lot though.
As Im travelling all day Monday and out of contact till late that evening Im beside myself all day with worry (crying in an airport lounge is not a good look).
When I speak to the wife once I land she says she's going to the vets to see her Tuesday afternoon as the vet now says they need to insert a feeding tube, and she's probably going to need to stay for at least another 5-7days. We're still waiting for the results from her aspiration.

Tuesday morning, she's had another comfortable night, but they're still concerned about her breathing and she's still not eating.

Tuesdays afternoon, my son and wife go to the clinic and face time me. As soon as I see her I know they've (if not mistreating) not been taking care of her. She is covered in s**t, 3 of her legs have been shaved for IV cannulas. But worst of all she's absolutely terrified of going back into the clinic. They have taken her outside to see if she would play, and eat with them.
Every time the door opens she looks in panic, when my wife got her inside she was whimpering, and she has NEVER whimpered, even when she had the open heart operation and was in a crate for 5 weeks!!!!
She ate all of the treats, ham and grilled chicken my wife and son took for her. She played ball and ran about (apart from when she was looking at the door) and was obviously not in any discomfort.

I told my wife bring her home. There's no way she's staying another night there!

By now the bill was at £3500. When my wife arrived the receptionist asked what the limit of the insurance was. £5000, "oh thats ok then. We still have £1500"...!!!!!!

She's now been home since Tuesday, no pain, eating great, going for her regular 10k walks every day. And the wife got the results from her aspiration on Friday. But that was only AFTER calling the clinic and demanding the vet in charge return her call as the receptionist said they still had not received, despite them supposedly due after 48hrs.

I am in no doubt that if my wife hadn't gone and seen her the vets would inserted the feeding tube, kept her drugged up and continued charging. And I am also certain we would've ended up loosing her.

We are now intending reporting this clinic to the royal veterinary society, and the insurance company. As its obvious they were only interested in milking the insurance with now regard to our dogs well being....
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Bunch of thieving cnuts , charged me silly money for a five minute phone call when my black lab had essentially a bad case the s***s ( the wife insisted we called a vet🙄)and basically just told me to “ keep an eye on him”
They need looking at and independent thorough regulating imo
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Edward.P.A.C wrote: Sun Jul 07 2024 05:44 -
Dave Horton wrote: Sat Jul 06 2024 15:13 -
The great Gavino wrote: Sat Jun 29 2024 15:47 -
Hi all,

It is indeed meningitis. He’s home now and a lot more settled. Strong steroids for the foreseeable future. He’s constantly asleep though. Seems a lot more chilled out since he’s been home but they said some dogs change a lot whilst on them.
The bill for everything is just under £4000.
Our insurance has a £4000 per condition clause.


Trying to figure out if this is a good thing or not. It won’t be if it happens again..

Many thanks for all of your comments
Well I'm glad you have a diagnosis and can see "some" improvement?

Your bill puts me in mind of my son's bill for a week long respiratory issue with one of his cats a few years back! My son had taken out a platinum insurance that covered everything up to a value of £8K! The cat's condition deteriorated rapidly and it passed away

(The Bill came in at £8050 face)
They're ALL c***s Dave..!!!

We had to take our 7yr ol sprocker to the vets on the Saturday before I came away (the following Monday) as she wasn't eating, and had been sick twice.

We took her to our local clinic and their VERY first question, before any treatment was, is she insured !

Anyway, after initial blood tests and scan (£900) the vet said it looks like pancreitice, and she will need to go to our emergency clinic in North Walsham. They wanted me to leave her at the clinic and they would send her over. I said no Im going home first and I'll take her.

Gets her to the clinic on Saturday afternoon and admitted. She's then hooked up to a drip with antibiotics and pain killers, plus another scan (we're now at £1500), plus overnight stay for the the night.
We get our evening update and the duty vet says she's still not eaten and they are concerned with her breathing as she's panting and looks to be in pain. We tell them, that after a previous operation on her heart and lungs when she was 3 (£10500 bill), this is normal.

Sunday morning we get our next update call, and she's managed to eat a small amount of grilled chicken, but they're still concerned about her breathing and pain. Again we tell them from what they are describing this is her normal breathing.
At this point they have now done another scan/xray and they believe she has either a cyst, fluid, or a tumour on her pancreas, so they need to take an aspiration and send the fluids off for analysis (total so far £2800).
Sunday evening call. She's seems to be more comfortable, but they've now got her on a CRI for the pain, instead of 4 hourly injections.

Monday morning, I am travelling, but get an update before I leave for the airport. She's had a good night and managed to eat a little more, still not a lot though.
As Im travelling all day Monday and out of contact till late that evening Im beside myself all day with worry (crying in an airport lounge is not a good look).
When I speak to the wife once I land she says she's going to the vets to see her Tuesday afternoon as the vet now says they need to insert a feeding tube, and she's probably going to need to stay for at least another 5-7days. We're still waiting for the results from her aspiration.

Tuesday morning, she's had another comfortable night, but they're still concerned about her breathing and she's still not eating.

Tuesdays afternoon, my son and wife go to the clinic and face time me. As soon as I see her I know they've (if not mistreating) not been taking care of her. She is covered in s**t, 3 of her legs have been shaved for IV cannulas. But worst of all she's absolutely terrified of going back into the clinic. They have taken her outside to see if she would play, and eat with them.
Every time the door opens she looks in panic, when my wife got her inside she was whimpering, and she has NEVER whimpered, even when she had the open heart operation and was in a crate for 5 weeks!!!!
She ate all of the treats, ham and grilled chicken my wife and son took for her. She played ball and ran about (apart from when she was looking at the door) and was obviously not in any discomfort.

I told my wife bring her home. There's no way she's staying another night there!

By now the bill was at £3500. When my wife arrived the receptionist asked what the limit of the insurance was. £5000, "oh thats ok then. We still have £1500"...!!!!!!

She's now been home since Tuesday, no pain, eating great, going for her regular 10k walks every day. And the wife got the results from her aspiration on Friday. But that was only AFTER calling the clinic and demanding the vet in charge return her call as the receptionist said they still had not received, despite them supposedly due after 48hrs.

I am in no doubt that if my wife hadn't gone and seen her the vets would inserted the feeding tube, kept her drugged up and continued charging. And I am also certain we would've ended up loosing her.

We are now intending reporting this clinic to the royal veterinary society, and the insurance company. As its obvious they were only interested in milking the insurance with now regard to our dogs well being....
That sounds sh1t Karl! Well I expect there's some nice and good ones but like politicians there's maybe NOT many?

Another tale of woe here. Many many years back I ran over a dog is it ran across the road. Despite my job (I think I probably did the wrong job for a man like me) I'm a bit squeamish and though still alive it wasn't a very nice sight. Anyways I popped it in the boot of the car (a passenger and baby seats filled the rest of the car) and drove to the nearest vets! I ran in clearly distressed and admittedly I did cut to the chase and urgently beseeched them to come help! The young girl at reception leapt from her seat and I figured she was coming to help!? NOOOOO! She was going to see the vet and inform him / her! A minute or so later she appeared with a form for me to fill in that said I'd pick up the tab for any treatment! By now I was a little agitated and again implored her to at least retrieve the dog from my car while I filled the form out!? NOOOOO she couldn't do that without the form being filled out! By now another young lady (a customer) recognising the urgency of the situation went out to the car to see if she could help while I hastily filled out the form! Eventually after many many minutes I'd filled out the form correctly and we went back out to my car only to find the young lady in bits and the dog dead as a fcuking Dodo and the poor cow had watched it writhe in agony and draw it's last breath!

I left the dog there and knocked them when the bill arrived and only when I threatened to go to the local rag with the tale of woe did they stop chasing me!

(Mercenary cnuts face)
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