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Kasia's hind leg started to shake 10 days ago, just after her last set of vaccinations and it hasn't stopped since. Two different vets have observed her, but they haven't seen this kind of thing before and we are still in the dark about what it is and what to do about it.
Her history:
We took Kasia in from the street 2 months ago and she is now probably about 4 months old. So obviously tht means we don't know about her diet and what she might have got up to in her first 2 months. Since we have had her, she's seemed a happy puppy, playful, energetic etc. but still underweight despite the fact that we've followed the vets recommendations in terms of food amounts and supplements.
The problem:
On 9th Feb she received the last set of initial vaccinations and on the same day her leg started shaking. The vet came to see her the next day, established that it was a problem with the nervous system, but just localised in her hind right leg. There has been no change yet in the shaking, either good or bad. In the beginning she didn't seem to be in pain at all. A few days in she started to cry a bit, and to avoid using that leg when walking, and now she cries really often, and she is much less active, she has entirely stopped wanting to play/chew things...and her appetite is less (she takes much longer to get through her food, but she still eats), and she seems distant, not coming when we call or be interested in us when we go to give her cuddles. And since this morning she wants to drink all the time.
Treatment:
She has been taking corticoid, vitamin E vitamin B complex.
Two vets have looked at her seperately, both saying it is unusual and unable to say what it is. They've taken a blood sample and we should get results later today.
Observations and thougths from both vets:
still very thin, so can be related to nutrition, not necessarily related to vaccination. seems a bit dehydrated (dry nose and slightly dry gums)
aside from that and the leg, everything else seems normal.
We hope that the blood tests wil reveal something, but is seems so mysterious... has anyone else had a similar experience?
 

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That is kind of how the dog I had that got distemper started. He had uncontrollable muscle twitches, and it eventually weakened his whole hind end, so he could no longer stand. Did they take his temp? Has he lost his appetite, had a runny nose, or been coughing?
Just reread your post...I'd be very concerned about Distemper. Dogs with it can get hard dry noses/pads of feet. The loss of appetite/lethargy is concerning. Did your dog have a fever?
FWIW, my dog was vaccinated against it but exposed to it in heavy concentrations, unknowingly.

There also can be some reactions known as vaccination paralysis, that can occur after vaccinating. There are some threads on here about it. The dogs usually eventually recover.

Please keep us updated. Sending prayers that it is nothing major.

But you do need to go back to your vet and ask about Distemper and vaccination paralysis.
 

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Thank you for your message,
New developments are that the blood tests showed she had an infection somewhere in her body and a bit of anemia, so dealing with those two things. The shaking continues as before and she is crying more and more. The vet has tried various muscle relaxants and we are getting her tested for distemper tomorrow.
I have a feeling it might not be that, as we haven't seen any fever or coughing, apparently the initial signs, but that might have happened before we took her in (55 days ago now/40 days before the shaking started- would that be possible?)
We also have another dog, strong and healthy 10 month old. Should we keep them separated? The vet isn't worried about her, is he right not to be?
Anyway, we should find out about the distemper tomorrow, I will keep you posted.
There is a nervous system specialist in town next week, who will observe her and our vet has also suggested trying apitherapy (bee venom therapy)by an alternative therapy vet. I don't know much about this though. Has anyone tried this?
 

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Several things can cause anemia-
canine babesiosis
Erlichia
Intestinal parasites like hookworm

I'd probably keep the dogs apart for now, and don't allow your other dog to sniff where the puppy has peed/pooped/vomited/drooled. Keep toys/water/dishes separate. Just until you have a diagnosis.
I am leery of vets trying strange therapies when they don't have a diagnosis.
 

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Good news,
She is doing much better already and we've got a better idea of what it is:
It's not distemper, but it is probably a reaction of the nervous system to the distemper vaccination, which can happen, though rare.
So we're doing one week of cleaning out her system with 2 homeopathic medicines, then a week of fixing the symptoms if necessary, though her shaking has already diminished a lot, and finally some physiotherapy/exercise for her leg, as she will have gone several weeks without using it much.
We'll have to be prepared for vaccinations in years to come as it might happen again...but for now, it seems she's back on track! fingers crossed
 

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That's GREAT news! Thanks for updating. Vaccinations can at times cause strange things. There are several threads on here about people with dogs that had vaccination paralysis. The dogs eventually recovered.
 
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