Post # 1
So today i got the test result back for my dog bloodwork. I had a post few days ago about his dental issues. So bloodwork came back fine except they noticed that he has crystals/stones and suspect some issues with his bladder. So we will need to do an x ray on his bladder. Long story short, doctor advised me that we should have his bladder checked out first before proceeding with dental treatment as he will be put under anesthesia.
My other concern i had which i brought it up to the doctor during his exam. My dog has been experiencing weird cramps in his leg. I think it’s been going on for 6 months. At first i didn’t think much of it thinking maybe his leg fell asleep or something. But it’s happening more often now, maybe once a month. So it doens’t happen to only one leg, either front left leg and front right leg. We sent a video to his doctor for the cramps. I spoke with the doctor today and he said it could be seizures and that we need to bring him to see a neurologist. But doctor said he will check again when we bring him back for the x ray.
I’m not sure if my dog is in pain when he has the cramps. But he shakes a lot. I would pick him up, hug him, and massage his cramp leg. It usually goes away after few minutes of massaging him.
He’s an 8 pounds shih poo, 8.5 years old. He has not had any other medical conditions previously.
Below is a link to video of his cramp. Have you experienced this with your dogs? I’m kind of concerned about this. Any insights on this are greatly appreciated.
Post # 2
I just wanted to comment on the dental – bladder thing. My dog kept having bladder infections and we finally discovered she had to have some teeth pulled. The vet said because her teeth were so bad (and I felt terrible that we didn’t know it), the bacteria was going throughout her body and affecting her bladder. I was surprised that it’s all entertwined like that, but it is! So hopefully it all clears up once the teeth are taken care of.
As for the video, I’m afraid I’ve never seen that before. Poor baby. I hope you find an answer.
Post # 3
I’ve never seen that before either. Is he on any arthritis supplements? Maybe put him on that and see if it helps. Good luck bee!
Post # 4
I want to mention that poodle mixes, or small dogs, are very prone to something called Subluxating Patella. It comes in different stages of severity, but basically it means that the kneecap has popped out and then popped back in. My poo mix has it, and it’ll pop out, she’ll start to whine, limp, or act like she’s in pain until it pops back in. My last dog had it so badly it wouldn’t pop back in on it’s own. My current girl pops back almost immediately. We thought she had pulled a muscle at first, and two vets missed it – my hollistic vet is the one that finally cought it.
Also, some cranberry juice in their feed can also help with struvite crystallization of the bladder. Also, double check your dog food – is the calcium ratio balanced with the phosphorus? Is there a tremendous amount of corn / soy / gluten filler in the food? Is it preserved with any of the nasty preservatives that we wouldn’t think to eat ourselves? The vast majority of dog food contributes in large part to stones, arthritus, dental, skin/coat and ear issues. It’s really worth looking in to – some of the expensive brands aren’t as good as you’d think.
I am a certified dog trainer with the AKC, and I have a tremendous amount of nutrition knowlege if you’d like some help with anything. It’s my useless talent. Lmao.
Post # 5
Thank you bees for all your comments.
Thank you for bringing this up. I spoke to few dog owners, and they have mentioned about kneecap issue with small mixed dogs. I will bring this up with his doctor in the next visit. I think this makes more sense what you are saying. I didn’t quite agree with the doctor when he said that it could be seizures. The cramp was only in his leg and not anywhere else. He was still able to move and not suddenly just drop down. I will also look into his diet as well. Thank you for your advise.