Canine Poly Neuropathy

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Canine Poly Neuropathy

Post by Barb » Tue Nov 18, 2003 7:00 pm

I have a 5 year old Newfoundland who was just diagnosed with idopathic poly nueropathy. He can still walk, but as the days go by, I know he will be unable to walk in the near future. Does anyone have a pet with this disease? I'm desperate to talk to someone who has experience with treating this disease. We're going to Missoui Vet School, but they haven't been able to give me the answers on what to do once he can't walk.
If there's anyone who can provide some advice, please let me know. Thanks.

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I'm having 'puter problems at home, but you might

Post by critters » Wed Nov 19, 2003 7:00 pm

try merckvetmanual.com for more info. If I can get my mess sorted out at home, I'll try to look for links later.

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Post by critters » Wed Nov 19, 2003 7:00 pm

http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/index ... neuropathy

I found a most interesting article at Merck; I can't often link directly, but I put "polyneuropathy" into their search engine (hopefully the link will take you to the article, but I can't guarantee).

You said you're worried about when disability increases. Walking aids are available http://www.handicappedpets.com/belly.html , and wheels are a possibility when walking becomes too tough. http://www.handicappedpets.com/belly.html

For info about the most severe disabilities, see Debbie K's article about Sheba, who had DM.
http://www.handicappedpets.com/sheba/index.htm

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Post by Debbie-Spain » Thu Nov 20, 2003 7:00 pm

Another place you might want to read up or consult the author is Braund: he talks about polyneuropathy on these links (the same or similar texts)the second has his contact details:

http://www.ivis.org/special_books/Braun ... m.asp?LA=1

http://www.lakemartin.net/~kgbraund/neu ... loneuritis

As Critters says, probably the best place for practical aspects is Debbie K's articles about Sheba:
http://handicappedpets.com/sheba/

Here is the link for the Ty-lift wheels that Sheba used:
http://www.tylift.com

If you need help with more specific aspects, please do post again and we will try and come up with something... I was looking to see whether there is a hereditary link between Newfoundlands and some kind of polyneuropathy, but couldn't find anything especially relevant.

Debbie

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Re: Canine Poly Neuropathy

Post by justme » Thu Oct 02, 2008 3:57 pm

I am bumping up this thread because I just found out this is what my baby has.

Anyone else? The progression? The treatment? The rehab? I know no one can answer the progression question, but I'd like to hear what others have found helpful.

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Re: Canine Poly Neuropathy

Post by Bobey » Thu May 28, 2009 5:39 pm

justme wrote:I am bumping up this thread because I just found out this is what my baby has.

Anyone else? The progression? The treatment? The rehab? I know no one can answer the progression question, but I'd like to hear what others have found helpful.
I just found out a few weeks ago that my baby boy has Polyneuromyopathy. Can you tell me what you know about it? I'm trying acupunture, and although it seems to help alot at first, he is really doing bad now.

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Re: Canine Poly Neuropathy

Post by Bobey » Thu May 28, 2009 5:40 pm

I just found out a few weeks ago that my baby boy has Polyneuromyopathy. Can you tell me what you know about it? I'm trying acupunture, and although it seems to help alot at first, he is really doing bad now.Bobey

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Re: Canine Poly Neuropathy

Post by GabrielDeafBlindPupFamily » Thu May 28, 2009 6:05 pm

I was going to merck it but I see critters already did. Do you mind if I split this thread to the paralysis forum because generally neuros are under that forum? Just say if you want me to. Have you checked the links, especially Debbie-Spain's?
I am following critters link now to get a feel for what you are enduring ...hang on ... acquired canine laryngeal paralys which goes into polyneuropathy. Can you tell us pupper's symptoms?
Some affected animals have signs of a more generalized polyneuropathy, such as weakness and proprioceptive deficits. Diagnosis is based on laryngoscopy with the animal lightly anesthetized. There is a unilateral or bilateral lack of abduction of the arytenoid cartilages and vocal folds during inspiration. Management consists of identifying and treating any underlying disorder. Treatment of idiopathic laryngeal paralysis consists of surgery, such as laryngeal tie back. Surgery does not restore normal laryngeal function but is usually successful in diminishing severe inspiratory dyspnea. A potential complication of surgery is aspiration of food or liquid.
Wow! From what I read, you have a lot of reading to do!
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Re: Canine Poly Neuropathy

Post by Bandit&me » Wed Mar 23, 2011 8:16 am

My 11 year old Border collie mix, Bandit, became afflicted with this condition in 2009. His back legs are paralyzed and he has a doggie wheelchair. He was having a problem with severe shaking but this product really, really helped. I give it to him once a day as more than that causes diahrea:

https://www.realfoodnutrients.com/neuropathy/order.htm

He also suffers from some incontinence so I use pee pads for him wherever he is in the house, or when we go out to a restaurant whre outside dining allows dogs too.. He can't walk on his own, but he has a very full life in his 3rd year now of being handicapped. When I walk him around the yard it works best to hold his back end up by his tail and he does not suffer any discomfort from it.

I had him to several vets and there does not seem to be a "cure" for this condition. Even acupuncture. It seemed to help him the first time as he stood once again, but fell right back over. I stopped taking him because he showed no improvement and the shots were clearly giving him discomfort.

If this happens to your dog, please do not think his life is "over". It isn't. It will require a lot more care, I can't deny that. But if you love your dog like I do and you can afford to give him/her the care needed, it is a workable situation. People have come up to me and told me they had their dog put down for the same thing but after seeing how Bandit gets along now regret they did so.

He's not in pain and enjoys life still and so long as he has me to help him along, he is fine. He has sure taught me some lessons.

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