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Also, I had no idea she was deaf. You were so nice to adopt a deaf dog!
That is just so strange. If someone has a dachshund (for example) that is diagnosed with a spinal problem, one of the treatment options for some dachshunds is 8 or even 10 weeks of strict crate rest. They stay in their small crate 24/7, only out to potty, and for toileting they are carried to and from the grass, and only allowed to potty on a leash with a minimum of movement, then right back in the crate. During this time of 2 months or more when they have no physical therapy and as little movement as possible, they do not slowly lose the ability to turn over or eat. At most they might lose a little muscle mass in their hindquarters. So I do not see how lack of physical therapy could cause a noticeable change like you describe in one month. Don't fault yourself, you have been doing a lot. I would lean toward thinking this is something with her and not with you, and I don't think she is doing it on purpose, so neither one of you is to blame. It seems like there must be some reason behind it. It's just not clear what it is.RedKat wrote:See that is the thing, she has done nothing but get worse. If you see the post in order you will watch her from walking to limping, to slowly moving, and at this point, she can't even roll over on her own. I water her with a syringe, I turn her food bowl sideways so she can "scoop" with her tongue. She can't stand at all she is too weak. A lot of this last month has been wasted on how to get her therapy instead of her having therapy. So she has done nothing but lay down.
Did the vet say she has a neck problem? Did he say anything about Wobbler syndrome?
It could be something temporary. Are you noticing any signs of a urinary tract infection, such as a change in the color or odor of the urine?
Also, did you ever get a chance to ask the vet about the crunching you noticed in her shoulder blades? I have never heard of that. I would really like to know what that is.
I'm sorry for so many questions. I don't know, I am just trying to figure this out. Maybe some of the answers are further down your fb timeline. I am going to keep looking at your fb page. I am not a member of fb and it keeps popping up the login screen and the videos freeze half the time, probably because of my wonderful internet connection.
I think it said on the fb page that she was on prednisone for a little while. Was she doing better on the prednisone? It would tend to decrease inflammation and might help her neck feel better so she could move better.
Just wondering if the reason she is lying down so much is maybe because it is uncomfortable or painful for her to sit up at the moment? I don't know. Sometimes anti-inflammatory meds or muscle relaxers help. Sometimes rest helps, but sometimes sensible light activity helps restore things. That may be why the vet recommended hydrotherapy.
I think different dogs show pain differently. Some of them will whine and cry and tremble. Some will become quiet and withdrawn and kind of hide it and keep it in.
Here is a list of signs of pain in dogs from the AKC.
I contacted Nancy at Walkin' Wheels to see if she knows of any adjustment on the wheelchair to make it easier for a dog with a problem in the neck or between the shoulders. Will see what she recommends. She'll probably know if there is anything that can be done to improve that. I think you might have been right to keep her out of it, at the point where you weren't sure it was helping. But it would be easier on you if there is a way to make it work.https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/general-health/signs-that-your-pooch-is-in-pain/ wrote: The most obvious signs of pain in dogs include:
More subtle signs include:
- Increased breathing rate.
- Increased heart rate
- Reduced appetite
- Reluctance to move
Your dog is lucky. You got her a wheelchair, a sports cart, a swimming tank, a flotation vest, a special bed, and even a cold laser. I don't know how many of your friends or neighbors have cared for a 60-lb down dog for 7 months, but I did it with my golden retriever, Merlin, who started out at 63 lbs when he went down. I lived alone and was 52 at the time with a previous back problem. I had to be really careful every day how I did anything with him. I dislocated a rib, rotated vertebrae, and messed up the SI joint, among other things. I found that taking Aleve took the edge off, and I wish I had tried it sooner. When you talk about aches and arthritis and your back, I believe you.
EDIT TO ADD: If she's had any kind of bite (even a small one) or puncture wound in the skin where it is squishy-crunchy, that could be a useful clue.
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