Cash needs a very understanding home


Hansom Boy, Cash
Hansom Boy, Cash

Cash just came in on May 25th. Cash is a beautiful stocky boy withourfavorite boxy head. He is 6-1/2 years old and still intact. With no issues. Very friendly and loving. We noticed the first day he walked strangely. We asked his owners and they said he has never had any issues, other than about 2 weeks ago he tried to jump into the truck and missed, falling backwards. So we thought he might have hurt something. But he seemed to show more signs of something worse that s sprain or strain. He was not tip toeing so we did not think ACL. We thought hips or spine. We were going to have him neutered right away but decided to have his other issues checked first to see what is going on. His hips, knees and spine x-rayed as fine. So now we are looking at a neurological source. We are starting to think he may have

Degenerative Myelopathy. He is sometime dragging his rear when he trips running and stands with his rear feet tight together which makes him wobbly. We have even seen him with his back legs crossed while eating. Also found it the x-ray was a hugely enlarged prostrate about the size of a tennis ball.

UPDATE: 6-15-09

     Cash, now being called “Cashew”, is doing better and we have seen much less of the weakness to his rear end, but still see some occasionally. He was neutered last Monday and acted like he never even noticed. We are hoping that the neuter will reduce the size of his prostate, the vet seems to think it will. He palpated the gland and felt that it was more hormone related rather than a growth. He has already been more regularllybeen able to poop, which is good. If Cashew is still here, we will have him re-checked via x-ray in a month.

Update 7-13-09

Cash is still here as no one has shown interest in him. We will have is his prostrate checked next week, but he is only slightly improved on his bowel control. He suddenly has to go without warning. When he feels it pass the blockage he will make a dash for the door but sometimes it catches him by surprise. He hate doing it and looks at us as if to say he’s sorry. He also has been getting the GUPLS once or twice a week. These are kind of like a combination of gastritis and a panic attack. We have learned to control them with Pepcid Complete and Gas -X and get him to relax and they usually only last about 10 minutes. They are just scary if you don’t know what they are. the first time we saw it, he was off to the ER, thinking it was Bloat.

3 Replies to “Cash needs a very understanding home”

  1. Hi-

    I am not sure if you remember me, but contacted you a few months back and sent in an application about rescuing a berner in the future with you guys. I remember telling you that our 10 year old berner had Degenerative Myelopathy, and after about 8 months after the first signs of dragging his toes started, we sadly had to put him to sleep on March 31st. It sounds like Cash is in stage one or two of D.M. The advice and help I would give you is to try and get a wheelchair for Cash now while he still has full function to get him use to it. We got our wheelchair from Making Wheels. It was very well made, but we feel as if we may have gotten it too late for Vader. You should talk to your vet about two different kids of of medication that helps slow the process down, Vader was on that as well. One is actually a naturally occuring chemical in the body, and the other is a med. If you want the specific types of meds please email me and I will look at my vet records for you. I did a lot of research on this horrible disease and just wished we would have known sooner. We did acupunture with Vader as well. I read many studies that Hydrotherapy works really well in slowing the process of the disease, we unfortuently in the Winter had no where around here to try that. Feel free to ask us any more questions about the process we have so recently went through with Vader and D.M. I hope that my experience and Vader’s will help for other Berners to be able to live a happy normal life longer with D.M.
    Take care,

  2. Currently we are trying to find either a Bernese Mountain Dog or a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog in our area. We live in California but are willing to travel upto 900 mi to find our dog. Everytime there is either of these breed of puppies they are adopted before we can contact the animal shelter. If you could help us find one of these wondeerful dogs we would love it.
    Thanks- Teri

  3. I hope you guys find a great home for Cashew it sounds like you are taking excellent care of him. God Bless

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