This morning I had a happy, energetic, dancing, squirrel chasing cockapoo. Tonight he is paralyzed, unable to control neck movement, sit or stand.
Here's what I know:
We went out for his usual morning walk/potty break at the usual time in the usual place. He did his usual thing & stopped to sit, sniff the air, scoot along the grass when he suddenly was panicked. He had difficulty standing. Tucked his tail between his legs, dropped his ears and stiffly walked toward me. I consoled him best I could. Checked him out. Saw nothing alarming. Half an hour later he couldn't move his hind end. I called for the vet.
We arrived at the vet with a dog able to sit up, happy to eat, willing to drink & unable to breath deep enough to bark loudly but trying.
Three hours later we left with clean blood work, a mega bill, a cortisone shot, weeks worth of prednisone and a completely immobile dog with no appetite or ability to relieve himself.
We know he wasn't poisoned.
We know it will cost $400.00 we don't have for x-rays of his middle spine & that no-one was willing to speculate as to possible method of care or estimate cost of care.
What do we do?
What is the legitimate thought?
What is the reasonable course of action to take?
What would you do?
Right now I've got the 'beat yourself up for not having enough money to have this' & the 'feel like poop cause your dog may die because you paid rent yesterday' bit covered.
Oh, I am sorry to read about your poor cockapoo! (You didn't tell us his/her name).
It's easy to be wise after the event...If only I had done this or that or the other (including pet insurance). I understand how you feel.
An x-ray of the spine seems an essential step. It sounds like disk problems to me. Only an x-ray will tell you for sure.
If you can't get the money for that, I suggest a fund-raising site to appeal for money from dog lovers around the world - e.g. youcaring(dot)com, fundly(dot)com, gofundme(dot)com. These do not charge fees to fundraise.
If appeals don't raise enough money, then perhaps you could borrow the rest from friends and relatives. Good luck! Please come back and tell us how your dog is getting on now.