Giant Schnauzer mom needs help

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Giant Schnauzer mom needs help

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Hello all. I am totally new to this forum and don't know exactly how it works but here we go: I live in Alaka with my two giant schnauzers, Bella and Magni. Siblings, that my husband gave me for Christmas 6 years ago. Bella is fine, but last year we went to Denmark for almost a month, and when we got back Magni was very thin. My20 year old son had been home with them and he told me that Magni didn't want to eat very much. I gave it a few months before I took him to the vet who examined him (didn't find anything unusual) and did blood work. All was normal (white blood count, liver, kidney etc) except his thyroid numbers were a little off. Thyroid bloodwork followed and showed some numbers that made her give him meds for it. It was supposed to perk him up right away. It didn't. Then we did x-ray on his chest/abdomen - nothing abnormal. Followed up with ultrasound - nothing except that his one testicle that had not appeard was nowhere to be found inside of him either. Summer has come and gone and he is now even more lethargic so I took him back in. She did xrays on his front legs because they didn't want to bend as much as Bella's. It showed arthritis in both knees so I got him on some anti-inflammatory meds. Didn't help - neither did a fetanyl patch. They we tried steroids which seemed to help a little, but it made him pee a million times a day and especially at night. Since getting him up 4-5 times every night and still have pee on the floor isn't ideal, we decided that wasn't an option. Then she thought it might be addison's and we did more bloodwork/injection/bloodwork. Didn't fit him either. She just took xrays of both hind legs and he does have arthritis in them too so we are trying adequan. Just gave him the first shot today. What have we missed? I feel bad that he ony lies around sleeping all day and I have to literally push him down the stairs and out the door to even get him to move outside. Even when Bella runs around him in circles trying to get him to play, he doesn't react. Oh I also have tried to give him cbd oil without any improvement.

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Re: Giant Schnauzer mom needs help

Post by zeta1454 »

Hello Dorte and welcome to the Forum :-)

I am sorry to hear about Magni's health issues and it sounds as though he has been through the mill with tests and medications which must be distressing for him and for your family especially when you are still not quite sure what the problem is.

Only a vet is legally able to diagnose and suggest treatment for animal health issues and should have the best means to do so. However, I can offer some information that may be of help to you (although without any personal experience of Giant schnauzers) and possibly a Forum member with experience of the breed may also be able offer some insight.

A few years ago I was lucky enough to be able to attend a seminar by Dr. Jean Dodds where she discussed Canine thyroid issues and highlighted the fact that many vet practices carry out a limited and generalised test for hypothyroidism which does not take into account variables such as age, breed etc. which may therefore fail to diagnose an issue with some dogs. I don't know how extensive the tests were for Magni or whether his symptoms justified looking further into this but I believe you can have a blood test carried out via Dr Dodds clinic which does give a much more in-depth analysis re possible thyroid issues: ... d-testing/ ... Dosing.pdf

There is a condition which is known in a number of Giant breeds including Giant Schnauzers called osteochodritis dissecans which is a kind of arthritic condition that can affect shoulder, knee or hips. The Fitzpatrick website link below states:

"The clinical signs are variable and depend on the joint affected and the size of the cartilage defect. The most common signs include lameness, stiffness, joint pain or swelling, reluctance to exercise or play, or general depression."

Both the links below give a bit more information: ... cd-in-dogs ... ecans-ocd/

If a dog is in pain when they move, it is likely they will become more subdued and less inclined to exercise. Many older dogs do develop some kind of arthritis in their later years. We have a small dog who is over 12 years old now and who was diagnosed by a vet a year ago with the beginnings of arthritis and recommended some supplements which have been excellent for him - his chiropractor was really impressed wth how fit he is on his last visit. We are in the UK but just to give you an idea of the kind of supplements he has. He has a daily tablet of Yumove, a daily tablet including turmeric and a drop of CBD oil with added turmeric. Turmeric is a good anti-inflammatory and our vet at the time recommended it for regular long term use over Metacam which can have serious side effects used long term. Turmeric supplements should include other ingredients so best either prepared by a veterinary herbalist or if you can purchase or make "Golden Paste".

There are some links here which give more information on the above supplements: ... -and-cats/ ... -for-dogs/

As said above, only a vet can diagnose Magni's condition but I hope the links give you some useful information. Do have a browse through the Board Index topics too as you may find a post or topic on Giant Schnauzers or Health that is useful too.
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