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About four weeks ago Mitch started limping on his back right leg. Then I noticed his back was starting to arch when he walked or was standing. Days later, he started limping on the opposite front leg. I took him to the vets. They found no resistance in the joints or ligaments. He didn’t show that he was in pain. They gave me some anti-inflammatory and told him not to play too hard, run or jump for two weeks. The pills worked…for a while.

Just last week Mitch started limping on the left front leg (the same one as before). A few days later, he stated limping on the back right leg again. His back is arched even more. Sometimes, he will drag his bottom around (on it’s side/hips) instead of walking. He doesn’t want to do anything. He stopped eating.

My boyfriend took him to the vets today and they took x-rays. They didn’t find anything wrong. His knee, legs, and back are fine. From what they could see of his hips, they are fine also. He goes back next week to be neutered. While he’s under, they are going to get better x-rays of his hips. The vet said that if he doesn’t have a problem with his hips it maybe neurological. We would have to take him to a specialist. The visit alone would cost $1500, so my boyfriend says. The vet sent he home with anti-inflammatories.

When I come home, he comes crying to me and just wants to bury himself in me. Normally he wants to play. I’ve been hand feeding him people food just so he will eat something. I think he only eats it because I start to get very upset (sad) and does it to make me feel better.

Other facts:
Mitch is 10 months old
He would ran and jump off the deck (1.5 feet). No stopping him.
He weighs 40 lbs. He’s never been a big eater.
He loves to sleep and just lay on his back, like all bassets.

Please let me know if anyone has any info or suggestions on what could be wrong. I want to know if they could fix him.

I’m afraid to put him under next week for the surgery. If it’s a neurological problem, he may not wakeup. I don’t know if that would happen but it’s a fear of mine.
 

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I'm no doctor, but I know that "neurological" covers a lot of ground. And some of that ground is relatively benign, in the sense that rest alone will cure it. In addition, you don't have a definitive diagnosis of neurological --- just a "maybe".

What I would do if I were you is have him rest as much as possible over the next week and faithfully give him the anti-inflammatories. And wait to see what the x-rays say.

Don't let him jump off that deck anymore --- in fact, for the time being, don't let him jump off anything!

Good luck! Wish i knew more, but I don't.
 

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Thanks for your thoughts. I wish I could stop him from jumping. Right now it's easy. He's slowed down and I can catch him before he does it.
 

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Dean Wickwire-
At our first vet visit, the doc said something about that. Mitch has been at my father's house which does have deer ticks with the white spots on them. I told the vet I wanted him to get the shot but she (doc) wanted to wait. She didn't think it was lyme disease. Now that you reminded me about it, I think I will get him tested. The doc did say that the immune system of bassets would normally kill it off (for lack of better words). The doc said labs were more susceptible to harm.
Thanks

[ July 08, 2005, 11:40 AM: Message edited by: Mitch's Mom ]
 

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Ticks with one white spot on the back are Lone Star Ticks and may carry Lyme. Deer ticks are quite small and if you search the web, you will find some very good pictures. I have to disagree with your vet -- Elmer and Jason were both tested and had Lyme!! Several others respondede to the Lyme treatment - antibiotic for 3 days, if there was a definate improvement, continued for about 3 weeks. At that time the Lyme test was about $40 and even from the vet, antibiotics were $16. It was far cheaper to treat than test for Lyme.
 

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Mitch just got tested for lyme. It was negative. I don't know if I should be happy or sad.

Dean- I've never heard of Lone Star Ticks. I will definitely look it up. It was a small tick. I found one on a flower pot at my dads.
 

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That is a Lone Star tick-- possibly associated with Lyme. This means thry think it might spread Lyme, but have not been able to prove it yet
 

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at ten months pano is also a very real possibility especial considering he is male. It is one of the most often misdiagnosed causes of lameness in basset hounds.
 
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