katied Posted December 13, 2012 Report Share Posted December 13, 2012 Hi, I am new to this site and hoping someone can share experiences that might guide me on healing my beloved border collie. Gloria is 2 years old and an avid hiker...she has been my playful hiking companion for some time now. About 2 months ago, she seemed off one evening and whimpered after jumping off the bed. She ran and hid under the bed and when she finally came out, she was breathing heavily and seemed very sick. I brought her in to see a vet and he thought she had pulled a muscle in her back, gave her rimadyl and tramadol and sent us on our way. It made sense since she had done a rather crazy looking jump in the back yard while catching a frisbee a few days before. After a week, she was back to normal. She came camping with us, did a few long hikes, was as happy as ever and we thought she was back to normal. Then, about a month later, she was getting up from a nap and whimpered, then limped off and hid under the bed. The whole next day she was limping so I brought her in to see the vet. This time it was a different vet because a friend/acquaintance of mine is a vet (she was out of town when the first incident happened). She xrayed her, tested for Brucella and did a cursory examination of her neck movements. Everything was negative and she concluded that it might be a herniated disk or a pinched nerve and suggested cage rest. She is a rather sedentary woman and seemed to think that by taking Gloria on 5 mile hikes regularly and, when we have the time (which is about 2 maybe 3 times a month) longer ones (8-15 miles), we were just over-exerting her. I found this odd because this does not seem like excessive exercise for a human, much less a border collie. I do not own a cage but I did rest Gloria for 2 weeks , despite the fact she seemed herself again after a few days. She seemed very anxious and depressed not getting walked and when I finally walked her again (about a mile) she was bubbling with energy. We worked up to our regular distance, but I gave her days on and days off rather than every day hikes (although I do believe BC's need and like every day hikes). Slowly over the next month, she seemed to wax and wane, gradually becoming more and more listless. I noticed she was getting thin but she has always been a finicky eater. Finally one day, she seemed really off and was limping on a different paw. She kept coming to me and looking into my eyes and putting her paw on my leg and I called my vet friend. She suggested an MRI and chided me that I should have cage rested her. I decided to get another opinion so I brought her to a different vet. He did a very thorough exam and said she had a 104 degree fever, she had lost 8 pounds, was dehydrated and very listless. He told me she showed no signs of any cervical or spinal issues and he thought it was systemic. He kept her overnight, gave her IV antibiotics and fluids and she seemed to improve. He tested for Tick borne diseases and did a total blood work up. EVERYTHING was normal, saving a mild neutrophilia. A few days later, her fever was back and she was favoring her hind leg. He added more antibiotics to the profile and some rimadyl and tested for fungal diseases. The next day she was her peppy self, I took her for a walk and she was jumping up on me thanking me, wagging her tail seeming to be happy again. The next two days it was raining and I had to work late so she didn't go for any walks (but we have a large backyard). Today, she is listless and not eating again. The fungal panel came back negative. No one knows what is wrong with her! Has anyone else experienced this? And gotten a diagnosis outside of TBDs and fungus? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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