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Old 12-15-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Deputy (8yr old, 63lb, mix) was diagnosed last January with CCD. Has anyone else had a dog with this? And this "young"?

In June of 2013 we found Deputy had lost 3-4lbs between that visit and his last in January. Fast forward several months and Deputy had started "spacing" out and barking at random. I took him in the beginning of January 2014 and the vet did a full body check, tested blood, urine, thyroid and ran a fecal. He said it was either a brain tumor (the spaciness could be absence seizures) or CCD. He put Deputy on Anipryl, but we discontinued it after 4 months with no change.

Fast foward to this month. A week ago Deputy started walking in circles every so often and yipping randomly. He would yip if anything got near his head. He also started breathing heavy and shaking. Took him to the vet that afternoon and they did a range of motion test on his neck/head and xrayed from his tail to his head. Nothing was found. Vet put him on Tramadol and Prednisone, in case he was in any pain. Vet also checked thyroid and ran a blood panel, both negative. Plus he palpated his chest/abdomen and nothing appeared to hurt/be swollen.

Three nights ago Deputy lifted his leg and peed on a storage container, not just a "marking" pee, he emptied his bladder on it. When I said his name he looked at me like "What?". He honestly acted like he had peed on a tree outside. When we first got him he peed in the house that first night and looked embarrassed when called out on it. Thankfully, he hasn't peed on anything since. He has stopped signally to go out, so I just let him out every four hours.

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Welcome to Dog Forum! I am sorry your furbuddy is having so much trouble. Maybe it is like early onset Alzheimers? Sorry I can't be of more help. I know old cats can become senile. 8 years seems rather young for this. Is he getting gray?
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Welcome to Dog Forum! I am sorry your furbuddy is having so much trouble. Maybe it is like early onset Alzheimers? Sorry I can't be of more help. I know old cats can become senile. 8 years seems rather young for this. Is he getting gray?
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Eight does seem a bit young for CCD; I might be thinking more along the lines of a medical issue underlying this behavior. Did your vet suggest a consult with a veterinary neurologist?

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Eight does seem a bit young for CCD; I might be thinking more along the lines of a medical issue underlying this behavior. Did your vet suggest a consult with a veterinary neurologist?

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He thinks it is a possible brain tumor. Deputy has shown no other neurological issues (eye movements, altered gait, seizures).

He didn't suggest a consult, plus I can't afford it.

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He thinks it is a possible brain tumor. Deputy has shown no other neurological issues (eye movements, altered gait, seizures).

He didn't suggest a consult, plus I can't afford it.
I surely hope it's not a brain tumor but a cat scan or mri would provide better information. An xray is most helpful for diagnosing tumors and irregularities in other parts of the body while the scans can provide information about the brain. Perhaps you could ask your vet if these could be done for him. Keeping all good thoughts that this is resolved and your boy is feeling better very soon.

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Hi Sorry to hear about Deputy's problems it's important that a brain tumor is ruled out and if caught early enough can be treated. if you are having trouble paying for the scan(s)J JGlI has a list of various agencies that can you with the help at low cost hopefully she will post the links for you. You owe it to your dog to find out what is wrong. please keep us updated!
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The links are listed on this "sticky" thread:
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I will look into those links, thank you.

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