Oreo is doing slightly better. He took a few, very slow steps the other night on his own. We took him for a walk in his wheelchair the other night, but his paws ended up being bloody. We had him in a kennel for 2 weeks and he did ok, but didnt have much progress while he was there nad was depressed the first few days home. He's back to himself, but progress is so so slow. He can sometimes get his right paw to lie flat on the ground when he walks. His let legs is still not very good and it gets tangled around the right leg making him fall back down to the ground. We had him at the vet a few weeks ago and he has lost 11 pounds. I assume it's all muscle. We can feel his hips bones. His right leg has some muscle in it and we are beginning to see his muscle bellies forming again on his right back leg. Still no bladder or bowel control. It's been 10 weeks. How much time and progress are other people seeing in their dogs? I know its going to be slow, I just dont know if Oreo is slower, on track, or not really progressing? I think the four steps he took was huge. But i'm just not sure how much more he will get back seeing how little muscle he has.
Would love to hear from all of you Karol
That being said, Chase our 4 year old chocolate lab, is now about month 7 since FCE. He is able to go for long walks (2 miles or so) and has learned to run (although) his back legs seem to act as one, kind of a hop run. He swims daily, now that the ice is off the lake.
It was over a month before he was able to hold an upright position for a few seconds (not stand but hold it when let down with a harness). It took about two months for bladder and bowel control to be complete. Almost 4 for him to walk without a harness. He can now poop on his own (without falling backward into it) but he will start to walk before he is done. He is still wobbly and when moving fast will skid out and fall. He can do a couple of stairs but not a staircase without assistance. He can't scratch at all (but he sure can itch). He does not jump up. He had knuckle bleeding up until month 5-6 but that is all healed now. He goes through periods where he will lick all the skin off a section of paw and then leaves it alone and moves to another paw or leg. Sometimes front sometimes a back one. He is better about it when he is kept busy but left for long periods by himself he will do it more.
He was shaved on his back by his tail and behind his neck for the spinal tap (to confirm his condition) and his hair never grew back on his back by his tail. After 6 months he still had a rectangle of bald skin as though he was shaved the day before. We went to the vet who finally determined it was low thyroid levels and received medication, after a month he is starting to grow some hair back (this may or may not be related to FCE). If he was not shaved we probably would never have noticed it though.
In the past month we have seen little progress, although he is getting better about finding alternative ways to do things. We really can't believe how far we have come. He is as lovey dovey as ever and we can't believe we considered putting him down, which was what our vet was preparing us for until we flat out refused.
Thanks to this board and reading about the quality of life handicapped pets have.. Joel, Betty and Chase Dog..
Muscle will come back with exercise. See if you can get him doing 20 minutes of weight bearing exercise a day on those back legs by next Saturday. The week after do 30.
Weight bearing exercise is standing, walking, or practicing sit/stands.
Still counts if you use a sling.
Do the exercise 2 or 3 times a day.
5 minutes morning, 5 minutes noon, 10 minutes at night--you're doing 20 minutes.
Work up from there--he'll get that muscle back.
Sara had her FCE a year ago. She still improves but you can only compary by months (not weeks or even days). She still has her better and worse days for walking. Sometimes she manages to walk 350 meters by herself and sometimes only 100 meters. You can compare her development on her websites by looking into the video section.
Be patient and hope for the best.
chase needed to have his bladder expressed for the first month or so. this required us to squeeze the area below (behind) his penis. The bladder when full feels like a pear. If we did not express he would leak constantly, as his bladder was overflowing. It sounds to me like he has an infection (but I am certainly not experienced there).
Regards, Joel and chase..
Hoping you can pass along some hope and words of advice. Our dog Riley was stricken by FCE a little over a week and a half ago on a walk not far from our house (thankfully). After reading the many posts here it looks like we've been very blessed in that she is already making great progress, going from not being able to use either left or right hind leg to being able to use both - although most frequently relies on the right. Last week we were unsure she'd be able to regain anything in her left leg, and thought she would be rather limited in her right. So we're counting our blessings.
Unfortunately, while she seems to have control of her bowels, her bladder is a different story all together - and frankly it is wearing us all down (Riley included). She routinely leaks at ever sitting in the house, sometimes minimal, sometimes much. And still is needing assistance to relieve herself when outside. The smell associated with her output (whether fullblown or leaking) is strong and extremely rancid. Did anyone else experience this? Our local vet doesn't seem to be able to make heads or tails out of it. Needless to say, our house is not one right now we'd like to invite anyone to, much less be there ourselves. Can anyone offer advice for how they dealt with the lack of bladder control while healing? And also comment on if this smell has been experienced by others? We've had a urinalysis done twice and nothing has come up. I'm taking a little encouragement by at least reading that healing could still be taking place....thank you for sharing and please share more....
Here is an article on MRSA in animals, though you will probably never know where she got it.
You can get swim diapers at Sam's Dog Hut to protect her when she's scooting on the floor in PT.
They do recommend expressing the bladder after the dog has been out in public, on a sidewalk or swimming in a creek. I do not know if that would have made any difference and in your position I would have assumed the water at PT was sanitized (the water in the treadmill is chlorinated, I don't know if that kills MRSA or not) and I would not have given much thought to the mats at the PT, if either of those had anything to do with it. I'm sure the staff or janitorial personnel walk through other parts of the hospital and then walk on the mats to some extent. Certainly other dogs are walked through the hospital and could track something in I suppose.
I know in humans they say a percentage of MRSA is community acquired, it's just out there in the community and you don't have to get it in a hospital, you can pick it up anywhere.
As far as the diapering, if she is soiling and getting it on her female area, it would probably be good to diaper her just to prevent regular infections. Dry stools would also be helpful. I kind of doubt she got MRSA from her stools, but that is a totally uninformed opinion, I'm not a vet.
I still don't know what to say, this is a shock. How long does she need antibiotics?
http://www.avma.org/reference/backgroun ... a_bgnd.asp
and it says don't touch animal feces with your bare hands. I confess, sometimes I do...I have 2 paralyzed dogs, doodles happen, sometimes it is quicker that way, but I always wash afterward. I also do not wear gloves when expressing my 2 dogs' bowels and yes, sometimes there is a little contact...it will be a pain to have to use gloves everytime but I guess I will. The article says MRSA is the 10th leading cause of death in humans in the US, I did not know it was that high. Thanks for your reply, I will be following this closely.