German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

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German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby Di » Sun Jul 01, 2007 2:44 am

Hello Everyone,
My name is Diana and my pet's name is Midnight. We took her to the Vet about two months ago when one leg seemed to be hurt. He said it was "not" her spine and gave her pain medicine. It seemed to help then one week later she was down in both legs and we took her and he put her on prednisone. Then after that was done we took her back and he said it was degenerative spine disease.

My problem is he diagnosed her without touching her the second time. The first visit he ran his hand down her back and said it was not her spine then he never touched her the next visit and said it was her spine.

Prednisone is not working she can walk and not scoot now but some days are better and some not so good like today.

Please help me figure out what is wrong. She is only 6 years old this month.

Thank you all for any help.
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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby CarolC » Sun Jul 01, 2007 7:32 am

Hi Diana,

You need a second opinion. It does sound like a disk problem, and if it is, the dog should be on strict crate rest and you should be thinking about surgery. A disk problem is not diagnosed by staring at the dog, and feeling the dog's spine may help some if the vet finds a painful spot, but it isn't definitive. X-rays are not the best way to diagnose it, either. You really need advanced imaging like a myelogram or MRI. I would either ask the vet for a referral to a specialist, or at least try another vet as your vet isn't being much help.

There is a condition that affects German Shepherds more than other breeds, called degenerative myelopathy (DM). Below is some info on it. I wouldn't think of that except that you said the prednisone isn't helping. How long was she on prednisone, and was she being allowed to move around while she was on it?

I think you need to rule out a disk problem (and do that ASAP) before you consider DM. With a disk problem, time is of the essence. Surgery can help but the sooner you do surgery, the better the chance of a positive outcome. Until you know what is going on, do not let the dog scoot or drag around, keep her in a crate, x-pen, or small room except to go potty. You do not want her to move around and risk making it worse.

http://neuro.vetmed.ufl.edu/neuro/DM_Web/DMofGS.htm
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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby Di » Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:38 pm

Hi
I really want to thank you for such great information. We have some Vet hospitals in our area about three or four of them and will call tomorrow and make an appointment.

I have tried to find out how much these tests would be by searching online so that I can make sure and have enough money in checking but can't find anything. Do you by chance know a link I can look at just for estimates? Or would you even know and don't mind telling?

I sure hope it isn't her back. It happened so fast and not exaggerating but it happend in one day only. It gets better some days and then worse some.

We just lost her sister last year. She had seizures since around age 2 and we didn't know she was going to have one and she drowned in our pool. She was my girl and I miss her so much and to lose Midnight now would just be way too much. She is just such a sweet girl. Good with people and loves to go visit my daughters boxer on the weekends.

Anyway I am rambling now but want to say thank you once again for your knind help

Diana
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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby Di » Sun Jul 01, 2007 1:00 pm

Carol,
Hi again,
I am sorry I forgot to answer a question. Midnight will be off the Prednisone at the end of the week.

Thanks again.
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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby puremutt » Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:57 am

Diana, you're not alone.
It happened with my mutt overnight as well.
I didn't need surgery, what the cause was I still don't know for sure.
I did give him months of REST, we used a sling to let him go in the yard.
I used ottomans to block off an area in the living room, put his waterbowl next to him.
I luckily work out of the house, so he always saw me around and I was laying next to him a lot.
REST HEAL!
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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby Di » Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:55 pm

Thank you so much. I am glad your furry friend got better with rest. That makes me happy :-)

I laid in the floor with Midnight and she moved LOL. I too am disabled and hard to get on and off the floor so not sure if I will try that again :-)

Maybe I spoiled her too much when my husband had surgery. I know German Shepherds are work animals and I kept her inside alot with me to keep me company. I hope I am not the cause.

She is such a sweetie pie.

I made an albun on this website if you would like to see what she looks like. You furry friend is soooo cute. :-) I love animals so much. They always give me a smile.

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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby puremutt » Mon Jul 02, 2007 3:05 pm

Diana, I bought a bed for my dog, it's especially for seniors and it's SOOOOO comfortable, I lay nex tto him and it's even comfy for humans too, you might like it:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/P ... 001+113680

can you click on this link?
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Re: German Shepherd suddenly lost use of hind legs

Postby Di » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:33 pm

Wow that is a great bed :-) I bet Midnight would love it. We were looking at those fluffy pillows for her but she is so big and likes to lay straight not curled but this bed you showed looks great for her. Thanks for the link. I am glad you posted it.

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