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I ordered him the rear leg sling from this site - hoepfully that will help us walk him outside.
Hardest part is that he wants to be with us all the time - and barks and whines when we walk away. So we've been carrying him around from room to room. But he's trying to drag himself now - and I don't want him to do that. So I'm thinking of buying a cage - but I know he won't like that much. As the 1st vet said "he's not in pain. That's the problem - he feels nothing". So he doesn't realize he's down and wants to carry on!
Thanks so much for responding - it breaks my heart to see him like this ..
If he doesn't walk again, there are carts, and a paralyzed dog can do very well, especially if he can pee and poop on his own. So don't give up on him either way.
Pooping and peeing is DEFINITELY ahead of the game! Still, you don't want to push things.
A walking aid should make life a lot better. Until the official one comes you might try a homemade version, such as:
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I'm so sorry to hear that your dog is not feeling well. It would be interesting to know that the vet saw in the xrays. Did he give a name to the problem?
I can understand if you are unable to have an MRI on your pet. My vet told me it would be about $1,200, and we were unable to afford it. Surgery for a back injury is usually done within the first 24 hours, (but can sometimes be done later) inorder to have the best prognosis, and costs even more. Surgery alone does not guarantee a walking outcome.
My dog is paralyzed and unable to walk since February due to invertebrate disc disease (IVDD).Dogs can continue to lead a very happy life, despite paralysis. It might sound hard to believe but my dog really doesn't know that he is paralyzed.
The fact that your pet is not incontinent (can still poop and pee on his own) and can wag his tail may mean his injury is not as severe.
When you pinch the pads between his toes, does he indicate that he can feel it? When you scratch his back above his tail, does he know that you are touching him?
Until you know a more accurate diagnosis of his problem, I would kennel/crate rest him where he cannot drag himself around the house and possibly further injure himself. Try to overlook some of the whining and provide him with toys, or a bone.
I am NOT a vet, just a pet owner of a paralyzed dog. DO NOT allow someone to tell you that your pet needs to be put to sleep because he is paralyzed. If he has a good appetite, enjoys your companionship, is interested in life, and still grooms himself, his quality of life is still good. Many of us on this board have paralyzed pets.
It's the "no deep pain sensation" that worries me... does anyone know if it can be re-gained?
You can feel a hot spot on his back and my vet told me to ice it down... we started doing that yesterday.
I really appreciate all the encouragement - it means a lot! thanks.
Until you get a definitive diagnosis, I would not put him into a wheel chair for mobility. Rest is in order.
I have a 25 lb. doxie that is paralyzed. He has a box on the first floor of the house, one on the second floor in the bedroom, and one in the basement near my husband's workshop. We carry him *oh my aching back* so he can be with us.
Your idea of confining in a small area with a kitty gate sounds good, as long as he can't move around too much. Crating/kenneling is confinement inorder to give the back a rest and prevent further injury. If you don't have a small kennel, then use what you have. Toys or chewies will help with the boredom of confinement.
Is your pet overweight? If so, you will need to cut the calories of his diet to reduce his weight plus further reduce the caloric intake because he is less active. Cut carrots and unsalted cooked green beans make good treats.
It took us about 3 weeks to adjust to the needs of a disabled pet. Try to keep the household happy. Your pet will know that he is loved and that all is well.
I have a dog who got rear end paralysis from a spinal fracture (complete break) in September 2003. The two parts of her spine separated and one tried to leapfrog over the other, pinching the spinal cord in between. She had no deep pain sensation. She is walking again. Yes, deep pain sensation can return. It was several months before her deep pain sensation returned, but your dog is not that bad. Your dog has bowel and bladder control and can lift his leg--you're in really good shape. It could be a whole, whole lot worse! I am hoping that with the use of steroids and icing down that spot, and keeping him immobilized, you will see deep pain sensation return fairly quickly.
I certainly agree with what everyone has said about the importance of crate rest. Crate rest is serious business, no cheating!! Please click the link at the end of this message to read expert guidance on crate rest. You can't cut corners with it. It's going to take time. This isn't microwave cooking, think crock pot. Damaged nerves heal more slowly that broken bones, but they do heal with rest and care if you're patient. Healing is occuring right now, so you need to keep him quiet. If you let him scoot around now, Dianne is right, there could be further injury. And if you think he's a job now, I can tell you loss of bladder control is an even bigger complication. So I would surely keep him quiet.
Do you still have your 5-year old's crib around? If it is the kind with the side that comes down, that might be a good place to put your dog. He would be up at your waist level and taking him out would be much easier on your back. (He couldn't get his head caught, could he?) A playpen would work, too, if it's the kind where you can raise the floor--otherwise it is too low for bending over and lifting a 40-lb. dog. (Good to hear you ordered a walking harness.) Like Dianne, my dog needed two pens, one in the kitchen where she could be in the center of activity during the day, and a playpen by the bed so she could sleep next to me at night. I agree about the toys and chews. When my dog was on crate rest, we went through a lot of rawhide twists.
The dog with the spinal fracture actually didn't cry while on crate rest, partly because of so much medication. However, my golden retriever fell jumping into the car this year and had to be put on crate rest and prednisone, and he whined. I felt sorry for him because he didn't understand why he was in a cage, but I couldn't help that, and his whining began to wear on my nerves. I went to Wal-Mart and got a set of hearing protector ear muffs in the weedeater department and put them on when he was whining. They were a big help, and after a few days he whined less and I used them less. They helped me to be firm.
There are exercises you can be doing while your dog is recovering and is on crate rest. These exercises help him redevelop proprioception, which is the ability to feel his feet and know where they are in space. While he is lying quietly in bed, you can massage his legs, rub his feet, dig your fingers in between his paw pads and see if he'll kick. I did "This Little Piggy" with my dog and she thought it was funny. Stimulate his feet as often as you can during the day. Just reach in there and give them a little rub when you go by. His body needs to remap the pathway from his brain to his toes, and you are giving it more to work with. The other exercise you can do is also while he is lying quietly in bed. Gently bicycle each hind leg through the full range of motion. Do a number of reps on each leg, and do this twice a day. It will take about 5 minutes each time. This is good for circulation and it keeps his legs flexible.
Please do not hesitate to bring up any questions or problems. There are several people here with paralyzed dogs who have been there done that, whether it is toileting, hygeine, bedding, medication, whining, boredom, or whatever. Please be sure to post an update on how he is doing.
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The prednisone is going to make him extra thirsty (click link below for info) and he'll have to urinate more. The reason I didn't suggest a crate is because of his weight. Yes, a crate is the ideal thing, but with a heavy dog you don't want to be straining your back leaning into the crate trying to slide him out or change his bed. I guess you can determine whether 40 lbs. is something you can handle. When you look at crates, try to imagine yourself getting him out and see what you think. Good luck!
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