Thank you so much for you kind comments, prayers and well wishes concerning Miles' health last week. There have been a lot of tears shed over this little pup and his scary condition, but we're doing much better now.
They diagnosed him with Immune Mediated Polyarthritis. Which basically means his body was suddenly attacking his joints causing severe pain and flu-like symptoms (high fever, lethargy, stiffness, ect.). It was terrifying. More than once I wasn't sure if my 10 month old puppy would make it.
We started him on a treatment of B3 vitamin complex and Doxycyline. Saturday afternoon we hadn't seen any improvement. I called the vet asking for further help and she prescribed Prednisone. We were hoping to not have to resort to a steroid, but we needed a solution fast. He received his first treatment late Saturday afternoon and by bedtime, we already noticed improvement.
Sunday morning, he got up on his own, ate all his food, and his ears and tail perked up. He's still very tired and weak, has lost some muscle mass, and his tail still isn't entirely curled, but it's better....so much better.
He'll be on this treatment for a while and we'll carefully monitor him for side-effects, but with a good diet and proper rest, we should be able to taper off the drugs over several months. What a relief.
We've been overwhelmed with love from our friends and family as well as the blogging community. Steve and I were completely helpless not knowing what was wrong with our sweet puggy. Knowing that so many people cared and were praying for Miles and our family was wonderful.
Thank you. You are seriously THE BEST. xo