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About 2 weeks ago I noticed my 2 year old Saints (Decker) back legs were shedding a bit. I figured no big deal and brushed him. Well 2 weeks later most of the fur is gone off his back end, as well as his tail. Hes got a thin layer of fur on his back legs...but its not much. I can feel his skin when I pet him.  I'm not sure what is wrong with him. Today he is not drinking (unless I force him) and he wouldn't take treats (not not not normal)  He has an appointment at the vet tomorrow.

 Here is a pic so you can see what I mean...notice all the dog hair on the floor, I can vacuum every day but by the next morning it looks like I didn't touch it in 3 weeks.

Remembering those no longer with us. / Re: today we say goodbye...
« on: December 15, 2008, 08:16:13 pm »
So sorry about your dog...I know how hard it is to let a dog that you love with all your heart go....but know that he is happy running around with no pain, just like a pup again! Letting a dog go is one of the most selfless things you could ever do for him. He was a good dog to you, and you re-paid him by letting him go when it was his time. Be brave and strong...((hugs))

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 15, 2008, 05:10:36 pm »
Thanks. He is still my "little man" hes just got a wonky head now LOL.  He is still the best puppy ever tho :)  He can pee all he wants, I just clean it up. Not a big deal. I have been staying home with him most days, but sometimes I gotta get outta the house hehehe. Drive me nuts!!

I am gonna go buy him lots of fun toys tomorrow, to get him more excited about chewing. I know he loves to chew, so thats a plus for sure!!

My dogs sleep anywhere, anytime. Doesn't matter if its light or not. I'm sitting here in the computer room, with the light on and they are both snoring at my feet. I do leave the bathroom light at the opposite end of the house on for them in the night time...cause my house is really, really dark at night.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 14, 2008, 10:59:26 pm »
Heres some snaps of Decker I took minutes ago. I just got a new camera (today!) so I am not really that great at using it yet, so some of the pics are kinda junky and not in focus, but they get the point (of his head, hehe) across...

Hahaha, dont mind creepy Mack in the backround....h ahaha

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 14, 2008, 10:18:00 pm »

He is on the prednisone now, and it seems to be helping. It is making him eat like a beast!! Well more of a beast than usual. Also, he is drinking and peeing like a mad man. I left him (and Mack) alone for about 4 hours today and he peed 3 times in the house!! And he is 100% housebroken! I can usually leave them alone for about 5-6 hours before they have to go out for a pee break. I was looking at him good and hard the other day and hes got big time atrophy in his head, the poor guy. I'll post some pics so you can see for yourself...I can for sure see it!!


Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 09, 2008, 08:40:29 pm »

I was sitting at the computer tonight, after making Decker his dog food smoothie (gross) and trying to keep Mack from eating it (he wants "special" treatment too) I was just hanging out and I look over and Decker is chewing on a bone! I did a double take! Hes chewing!! So I gave him a cookie...and he chewed it right it!! OMG!!!! Did it fix it's self or what?! Whatever happened I am so happy right now I could bust!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 07, 2008, 09:46:35 am »
Thank you all so much. You have made me feel 10000 times better.  I am putting Deckers food through my blender to make it a dog-smoothie (thats love right there) I am going to call tomorrow and make an appointment at a vet in a bigger city, the vet my friend (who works at the clinic I go to) told me to call. She actually said there is no way in heck she would bring her dog to the vet she works at (nice eh) so I am going to try and get Decker in there. Hopefully I can. I am so fed up with all of this, it makes me so sad. Decker has gone from a happy, lovey puppy to a sad, sullen puppy in 3 weeks, its horrible....he just wants everyone to love him and he doesnt understand why he is in pain. breaks my heart.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 07, 2008, 08:06:11 am »
SO I can get this drug at a people pharmacy? Thats awesome! Cause I know the mark up that my vet charges me is INSANE. I am becoming quite fed up with them. I mean 350 bucks yesterday and I come home and find my own answer on the internet? Oh and lets not forget the time that Mack had mange and it was over 600 bucks to find out what that was (allergy testing, taking him off his food, ect) Oh and the time they both had kennel cough. That was another 400 bucks before they found out what it was. I am not impressed, but what do I do? I live in a small town and the vet I go to is actually the best out of the 4 we have. One of the other ones told me to put Mack down cause his hips are so bad (hes fine) the other told me Deckers mouth couldnt open cause hes got a puncture wound. And the last one (who I hear is really awesome with giants) is not taking new patients under any circumstances. So yeah, basically I'm screwed.

Oh and I just left along Deckers head, and yeah its sinking.   Do you think because it is still early that it wont take as long/be so severe to get his jaw going again? He can still lick his feet and stuff, but he cant chew. Ah my poor baby!!

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 06, 2008, 09:12:12 pm »
Thank you so much for the info!

I am going to go in and see the vet on Monday. She is new (Oct 1st she became a doctor) so maybe this isnt something she has seen before, but it sounds just like what my baby has. She was talking about puttin him on prednisone but wanted to hold off. She gave him enough metacam for a week, but I knew that was not going to do anything. He doesnt respond well to metacam at all. He has a softball sized fluid sack on one elbow and a gold ball sized calcium growth on the other, and he has been put on metacam before with no results. I am really becoming fed up with the clinic I take my dogs to, but we live in a small town and theres only 2 of them is not taking new patients and the other one is a big, big jerkface! Grrr!!

Are these prednisone pills expensive? He is such a big boy (145ish) that he will probably need a high dose.  This has only been going on for about 3 weeks now, so hopefully we caught it early enough that his recovery will not be too long or hard :)
Thank you for the help tho, it gives me a starting point to Im sure what is going to be many many hours of research on the net.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 06, 2008, 03:52:10 pm »
I looked up tetanus, and i don't think this is it...its been going on now for about 3 weeks. Nothing else is stiff on him. I even let him sleep with me at night in case he starts shaking....hmm m

I still feed both my Saints, ages 2.5 and 1.5, puppy food. I looked at the NI on the bag, and they are basically the same.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Lock Jaw in Dogs.
« on: December 06, 2008, 03:36:50 pm »
My Saint, Decker, has a problem with his mouth. He can not open his mouth more than 1 1/2 inches. It just will not open. When he tries to yawn he just turns his head down and to the side and chatters his mouth. I took him today for x-rays and they all look normal. Hes got no lumps or infections anywhere. The vet even tried prying his jaw open while he was asleep and it would not go more than an inch and a half. Has anyone ever had this? He is not chewing his food at all, just swallowing it whole. The trip to the vet today cost 350 bucks and I am no closer to having an answer for him at all.


Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: really upset...hygroma
« on: July 04, 2008, 02:15:17 pm »
thanks...ive called everywhere and no where carries it.....thank you tho.

Medical Conditions & Diseases / Re: really upset...hygroma
« on: July 04, 2008, 01:49:33 pm »
thanks very much. i have a human elbow brace for him. ive taken it off and put him to bed.

i was laying in bed with him, petting him and i notice that he doesnt smell right. i dont know how to explain it, but i know what he usually smells like and it is off. its not a terribly bad smell, but it is not his smell. also, under his the beginnings of what i think is a hot spot. its a line of red skin and theres yellow stuff in the fur. it would be right where his cone (that the vet put on, told me that they didnt have one quite big enough but this one "would do") was sitting. what should i do? i am going to trim the hair around it with scissors and see if that dries up the yellow stuff.

ohhhh deckie :'(

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