Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: northeast Arkansas
I have another thread detailing the odd attack Chanti had 3 days ago but wanted a new one to discuss EPM itself and the testing that was done, different treatments,etc.
The day after the attack she got in to see the vet and since Tuesday she has seemed 100% normal.
At the vet I had them do a chem panel which showed absolutely nothing wrong or abnormal.
The physical exam showed that her heart, lungs,etc was normal.
She noted lack of resistance when she lifted her tail to take her temp then she had me turn her in a tight circle each direction. Then she had me trot her while pulling on her tail. There was more weakness to the right, which is the side that is lame too. She also crossed her front feet over and Chanti put them back.
I just do not see how the vet could definitely say there's a strong suspicion it is EPM based on those few tests.
First off, Chanti was in standing heat the day we took her and even earlier that day any time I touched her rump or tail she'd lift it. I did the same test yesterday and she was much more resisting. In all the neuro exams I've seen or read about from EPM websites the vet does the tail pull at a walk, not a trot, plus they do a whole list of things.
Out of the long list of symptoms Chanti could possibly only have one. She's lame in her right shoulder that I think is due to toeing out and she also hit that leg when she had her attack.
She doesn't "hop" in the rear, she gets her leads every time, no problem going up or downhill, doesn't drag her toes any differently than she's always done, no back pain, no stumbling except when she has long toes and hits a rock or something, but it's all normal.
I have to go now but will add more later. I got a couple videos yesterday and pics and want to try getting a couple more videos.