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Post by mybigbaby on Mon Nov 27 2017, 13:44

Hi all im new here Smile ...
Im wondering if any of you have come across this kind of thing with your staffy before,
basically my 4 year old male staffy for the past 4 days has been limping on and off and just laying in his bed and not wanting to eat or drink or even go outside for a wee... so anyway i took him to my vets this morning and she did all the checks including up the bum poo sample Blushing and urine sample and checked all his legs and spine, she said she couldnt find anything obvious wrong with him apart from she found blood in his urine so she suspects a urine infection, and also that he could have a weak spot in his spine that causes pain and sometimes will flare up every now and again, she gave him anti imflammoterys and antibiotics and also injections of pain relief and antibiotics and said if he doesnt recover then it might be more serious as in and xray and an operation that could cost £4000 Surprised Crying or Very sad  ... obviously thats not something i can even afford worried , so was wondering if any of your staffys have had any problems like this and what it turned out to be?? thanks in advance Smile xx
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Post by -Ian- on Mon Nov 27 2017, 18:53

Sorry to read that your little fella has been unwell, a urine infection will certainly knock him for 6 but now he's on the meds hopefully he'll be fine soon enough.

As for the week spot, don't panic just yet, see how he goes on the meds. Without a scan or X-ray the vet is really just speculating so breathe easy and see how he gets on.

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Post by Jenc on Mon Nov 27 2017, 19:21

Hi from me & Katy, see how the meds do 1st before worrying Smile


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Post by Nifty staffy on Mon Nov 27 2017, 19:34

Hello and welcome from us.
Hope your fella feels better soon with the medication. You may well find that something like a urine infection can cause pain in the back and hence lameness - it does in humans anyway Blushing
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Post by Jnestie84 on Mon Nov 27 2017, 20:35

Hi there welcome to the forum. Keep us updated on how things go, hopefully he will be on the mend soon.


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Post by lexii on Mon Nov 27 2017, 20:43

Urine infection can cause all of what you describe so see how they are after the meds Smile
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Post by gillybrent on Tue Nov 28 2017, 10:42

Hi & welcome.

What a rough time he's going through at the moment.

I'd be interested to hear what your vet means by a 'weak spot'. I've heard of dogs getting spondylitis, but that's usually in older dogs. Maybe she means a slipped disc? If so, it usually responds well to rest & anti-inflammatories & afterwards restricting high impact exercise. Back surgery would be an absolute last ditch treatment.

Hopefully the anti-inflams you have now, with restricted exercise will clear the problem anyway. Big Grin

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