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How do you say that?

Posted by laurie on March 18, 2014


This is Rick Glass, the neurologist/neurosurgeon who treated Clayton and has since become a friend of Phillip. If you don’t remember the story, here’s what happened. All of a sudden one morning while he was eating breakfast, Clayton began to scream in pain. We rushed him to the vet who suspected a disk problem and they sent us to see Rick. He had an MRI and everything looked okay, so they put him on prednisone and seven weeks of crate rest. The crate rest was very stressful for everyone but fortunately I was home during the day because I’d (unfortunately) been laid off from my job. So I was able to take him outside every few hours and carry him up and down the stairs (he had three crates in different rooms). He completely recovered until the next year when the symptoms recurred. Another MRI was negative but bloodwork showed that Clayton had eosinophilic meningoencephalomyelitis, an auto-immune disorder (and tongue twister!) affecting the central nervous system. The treatment, as it turned out, was Prednisone, which is why he got better the first time. The crate rest was not necessary. He had a few more episodes which we learned to catch early on because he would start to arch his back. The frequent prednisone had side effects, but he still made it to sixteen. Clayton was my first dog and taught me everything I needed to know.

19 Responses to “How do you say that?”

  1. harperlea said

    The look on Clayton’s face is priceless!

    I can’t imagine any of my current 4 on crate rest for 7 weeks! Okay maybe Bartles the Basset would be okay πŸ™‚ as long as we gave him lots of love and attention.

  2. Karen S. said

    For my dogs, 7 minutes of crate rest would drive them nuts.

  3. Joan said

    Those first dogs. I learned so much and went through so many traumas and dramas.

    • Susan in DE said

      I totally agree! Between Josie and Jordan, I learned all about medical things I had no clue about. Josie taught me a lot about their behavior, and Jordan taught me how to be patient, calm and accepting when there isn’t any more you can do for them. Now that we have Lady (#3), I don’t worry and fret as much. (I guess it’s just like kids, you aren’t as neurotic and don’t hover as much as you did with the first one!).

    • Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

      That’s the truth! When my mother-in-law was diagnosed with an adrenal gland problem, I asked the internist if she (mother-in-law) had Cushing’s disease or Addison’s disease, and mentioned if it’s Cushings at least it wasn’t pituitary-dependent (which would have made surgery a lot more iffy). The internist kind of boggled at me and asked if I was an RN. I told him no, just someone who had a dog with Cushing’s. Turns out an ACTH stim test is used to diagnose it for canines and for humans.

  4. Sue - Barney, Jodi & Huggy's Mom said

    I agree with everyone. Guess you’re right Susan, it must be like having kids. Clayton was one lucky doggie to be loved by you and C. Siding.

  5. Leah said

    I Loved Clayton.

  6. Kate Hammett said

    Clayton was one-of-a-kind! I love seeing “vintage” pix of his sweet face.

  7. Fanniemae's mom said

    My min-pin has been diagnosed with the same disorder which seems to have been brought on by a recent rabies vaccination. She is almost 14. Her balance is still off and one foreleg turns in. She seems to be holding her own but it is definitely disturbing to see her trying so hard to keep balanced. She is on Prednisone and I’ve been told she probably will have to remain on it for the rest of her time with me.

    • Linda UK said

      Oh bless her, 14 is a grand age. I do hope things stay on an even course for her now medically even if she is a bit wobbly!

  8. Jackson Pack - Tuscola Texas said

    Maggie and the Skunk!

    Saturday night I was playing a game at my computer when the pungent scent of skunk wafted through the dog door. In 13 years we have NEVER had a skunk get in the back yard let alone near enough to spread the stink inside! Just at that moment I heard Maggie barking her “I’ve got him mom!” bark. We both ran to the other back door – glass thank goodness and sure enough she had Mr. Stinker under the patio furniture and was determined to run him off. Now I ask you, what does a good dog mommy do? She opens the door and tells Mags to “get in this house right now!” My good little guard dog trotted in and the stink of a thousand years assailed us! Her daddy picked her up and headed to the shower while I headed for the skunk soap. What a mess. It took the entire weekend to get the smell out of the house…and somehow it was even in the pantry!

    • Linda UK said

      I am SO glad we don’t have skunks in the UK!!!

      • Julie, JB and Cassie's Mum in the UK said

        I agree Linda! The worst pong we’ve had is when Cassie rolled in a dead fish whilst out on a walk – it got into her collar as well as all over her, and it didn’t matter how much we washed her and the collar we couldn’t get rid of the smell. So the collar went in the bin and we rubbed her several times a day with doggy deodorising wipes until it finally went away. I can still smell it now!

      • Linda UK said

        I can’t think of a much worse stink, Julie 😦 I’ve heard tomato ketchup works well on fox poo (& of course on fish & chips! πŸ˜‰ ) but whether it does on dead fish?!!!

  9. Carol, Eddy's mom said

    Love love love Clayton. I remember when he was a young man. (Laurie, did you start Beagles on the Web around the time you adopted Spencer?)

    Hang in there Fanniemae’s mom, you and your min-pin are in our thoughts and prayers

  10. Linda UK said

    Clayton – such a lovely chap πŸ™‚ Dylan had Steroid Responsive Meningitis a couple of times when he was younger, would that be the same thing? Maybe a different name over here. . .
    Can’t imagine the nightmare of crate rest!!

  11. Julie, JB and Cassie's Mum in the UK said

    Love to Fanniemae’s mum and min-pin, hope all will be well soon x

  12. Cathy, Gomez, Lily & Mr. Peabz said

    I’ve seen that view of beagle + veterinary surgeon before, when Gomez’s arthritic hips were diagnosed. Same look on the beagle boy’s face.

  13. Dave D said

    Add me to the list of fans of that notch eared pooch.

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