Puppy Trouble

18 Oct

He’s not a puppy, he’s 8 yrs old but to me he’s a puppy.  A Lhasa Apso and soooo smart! He’ s not doing well these days.  I can’t figure it out.  He’s shivering like he’s freezing, wanting out to pee frequently and acting like his legs hurt.  He wants me to hold him all the time. He slept on my head last night! This isn’t like him AT ALL.  He usually sleeps in the floor at the foot of the bed or on the end of it.

I don’t have the extra cash to take him to a vet so I gotta take care of him myself.  I did give him a flea treatment last night  as I have many times before and he does usually act a little strange for about 8 hours afterwards. This time, however, he’s been acting funny for 24 hours.

i found these common illnesses in Lhasas:

  • Patellar luxation—Limping, Hind Leg Held Up, Can’t straighten back leg.   Caused by an unusually shallow spot on the femur.  There are weak ligaments and misalignment of tendons and muscles that align the knee joint and allow the knee cap (patella) to float sideways in and out of position on the hind leg of the Lhasa Apso.  This can be caused by injury or be present at birth and can affect both rear legs.  It’s most common in small and toy dogs.   If your dog has trouble straightening the leg, is limping, or is walking on three legs and holding one hind leg up, look for patellar luxation.  Several of my dogs have had the problem and all I’ve done is reach down, massage the knee a little until they drop their leg, and we’re good to go for another 3 or 4 months.  Severe cases require surgery for a fully lame leg.
  • Hip dysplasia – Hind end limping, back leg acts lame.  Wear and time causes the femur to fit poorly into the pelvic socket with improper rotation causing great pain and difficulty walking.  You may notice the dog “hopping”” like a rabbit when running plus hesitating to climb stairs, all due to pain in the hind quarters.  The problem actually starts as a very young puppy with an abnormal formation of the hip joint and grows progressively.   A vet can locate this with a diagnostics test.

*                Renal cortical hypoplasia—Kidney failure coming from a number of causes ranging from hereditary to ingesting automotive antifreeze and also bacterial infections.  Once the kidneys become affected, there is no cure for the Lhasa Apso.  There remains a shortage of functioning tissue in the kidneys to cleanse the body.  Waste builds in the blood and the toxins cause vomiting, depression, lack of appetite and death.  Same happens if the dog eats a little rat poison, as one of mine did.

  • Renal dysplasia—Disease of the kidney.  Improper function of the kidney.  If you own a Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso or other breed prone to this, check twice a year with your vet for kidney function or…. sooner if you observe any unusual symptoms such as… increased drinking, increased or decreased urination, very little color to the urine, depression, loss of appetite, bad odor in breath plus any other unusual behaviors.  See vet immediately!

So, he acts like his legs hurt and he shivers and has to pee alot suddenly.  one of these things or more is going on with him.  i dont know what to do.  It scares me that it may be his kidneys..

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Posted by on October 18, 2011 in Uncategorized



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