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Postby KaylasMomJenn » July 8th, 2006, 4:43 pm

Chris (the ex) just called and said Marshmallow is having trouble walking. They are out in the fields about 2 hours from home, they were throwing the frisbee for her. It has happened on occasion Marsh would limp after running a lot, and she has a clicking noise quite often in the same front leg that she limps on, but this time, it is her back legs. He said she wasn't jumping, just running.
She is not moaning or whining, but very hesistant to get up and walk.

Do we give her aspirin? Do you guys think she might have arthritis and that's why she has the clicking noise? I think she just pulled a muscle, what do we do to make her more comfortable?

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Postby satanscheerleader » July 8th, 2006, 4:44 pm

I'd get her xrayed. Aren't all these signs of displasia?
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Postby mnp13 » July 8th, 2006, 4:44 pm

Give her an asprin and a couple days rest.

If she is having jont trouble, I'd suggest supplimenting her diet with glucosomine and MSM
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Postby Marinepits » July 8th, 2006, 4:47 pm

Being that they're so athletic, pits and pit mixes are prone to damaging their ACLs. Could also be arthritis or hip dysplasia. Best bet is to get her examined and x-rayed.
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Postby KaylasMomJenn » July 8th, 2006, 4:51 pm

Thank you all for the quick replies. I'll have him give her an aspirin and rest her the rest of the weekend and have him take her to the vet if it is still a problem Monday.

Thanks again.
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Postby satanscheerleader » July 8th, 2006, 4:54 pm

How old is she?
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Postby KaylasMomJenn » July 8th, 2006, 5:02 pm

2 in November.
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Postby KaylasMomJenn » July 8th, 2006, 5:05 pm

She is also shaking. He called his aunt (a breeder) she told him to give her an aspirin and cover her up. She's concerned it might be that she twisted her back. She said she's shaking because she's in shock. Now I am really worried.
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Postby msvette2u » July 8th, 2006, 5:08 pm

Just pain can cause shaking, not necessarily shock.
If she's shaking from the pain it might be worth a trip to the emergency vet.
ALSO be careful with aspirin because although "safer" than some other OTC drugs, it can cause stomach irritation.
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Postby KaylasMomJenn » July 8th, 2006, 5:11 pm

Hes going to give her about an hour to see if the aspirin helps. Thank god the vet is a family friend, and he lives upstairs from his office, so he'll be able to see her today if need be.

THank you all for helping, my day just turned to crap. If she had paralized herself would she be shaking?
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Postby Marinepits » July 8th, 2006, 5:19 pm

KaylasMomJenn wrote:Hes going to give her about an hour to see if the aspirin helps. Thank god the vet is a family friend, and he lives upstairs from his office, so he'll be able to see her today if need be.

THank you all for helping, my day just turned to crap. If she had paralized herself would she be shaking?


I wouldn't wait to get her checked out, then. The shaking can very often be a sign of pain.

If she had paralyzed herself, it's unlikely she'd be moving at all.
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Postby msvette2u » July 8th, 2006, 5:32 pm

I think she could shake if she was paralyzed, at least for a bit. If her spine is compromised, or a joint, waiting could be harmful. I know it's tough but the best thing to do would be to bring the dog to the vet ER...

eta: especially because bullies have such a high pain tolerance, this could be a severe injury, especially with her showing such obvious signs of pain.
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Postby satanscheerleader » July 8th, 2006, 5:32 pm

How are her gums looking? Nice and pink or pale?
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Postby msvette2u » July 8th, 2006, 5:35 pm

Oh yeah good idea - especially if you press on the gum, and release, is there good capillary refill?
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Postby SpiritFngrz » July 9th, 2006, 12:01 pm

poor Marshmallow!
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Postby Patch O' Pits » July 9th, 2006, 12:34 pm

How is she doing?
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Postby KaylasMomJenn » July 9th, 2006, 7:02 pm

I was having issues with my computer and was going to have Michelle update, but I restarted and now my browser likes PBT again, lol.

We took Marshmallow to Grand Island Emergency Vet Clinic. She tore her cruciate ligament in her left rear leg. They gave her rimadyl for the pain. They also gave her cephalexin for a rash she got down there from the grass, she thinks she has allergies. I'm not sure why she gave her an antibiotic, but she did mention something about not wanting the rash to get infected.

The surgery for her repair is going to cost 1400.00, I'm not sure how or when we'll be able to come up with the money.

She is still shaking a bit when she's laying down, but the medicine gave her enough strength to stand up and pee for the first time today. She still hasn't pooped, but I'm assuming that's because she's not very interested in food or water right now. That also means I had to shove the medicine down her throat and I feel bad when I have to do that. She has been very good through this, no whining or crying.

Thank you all for your support, I'll keep you all updated
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Postby msvette2u » July 9th, 2006, 10:01 pm

Awww poor girl. She must have been in terrible pain!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » July 9th, 2006, 10:42 pm

Poor Marshmallow. Give her a smooch for me.
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Postby satanscheerleader » July 11th, 2006, 7:30 am

Awwwwwwww........... poor baby. :(
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