Pip diagnosis - Central cord syndrome

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Re: Pip diagnosis - Central cord syndrome

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Plus touch may come in handy 1 day if he should lose his hearing.

I guess you've tried gabapentin for that?
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That's an interesting question. :smart: Actually? No.

We have some on hand because he was on it for weeks after his surgery. But during that time, did I pay any attention to his spasms if touched? No. Really, did I try to pet him at all while he was on it? No. I left him alone to recover...
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I'd try it. Remember Buddy and his spinal cord neuralgia?
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Yeah, he doesn't seem to have zaps in that area of his back that I know of. Not biting at it or anything. But he overreacts to light touch. It's been over 3 years since his paralysis. He used to spring himself right out of his bed due to spasms, like a mousetrap going off and flipping itself up in the air. Possibly he was having zaps back then. He doesn't seem to do that since his surgery. He is kicking at his head/neck occasionally lately. That alone may have us back on the gabapentin.

Off the subject but this Spring I had quit making Knox blox for him because often he wouldn't eat them when offered. He seems to want them now that it's so hot. I've found a way to make the smallest recipe. Just

1 packet of Knox,
1/4 c cold water, and
3/4 c hot water.

That way we won't throw any out and he can have them fresh every 3 days. He turns his nose up at any left in the fridge after about 3 days. They look and smell fine to me but they must get stale or something. I'm glad he's eating them again because giving him soy milk twice a day is too many calories, even watering it down. We may not get everything perfect, but the least we can do is keep his weight.
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Pip jumped in his bed this morning!

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I heard him do it, turned around from getting breakfasts, and he was in his bed! Our morning routine is, I take him out to potty, bring him in, put him in the middle of the living room floor, and give him a sponge bath with 3 warm wet washcloths to start the day. Then I leave him there to either dry off while I get breakfasts ready, or he can walk around and settle someplace, or he can go number two if he needs to. I knew he went number two last night so he didn't really need to be on the floor (versus in his playpen where he has breakfast) but I hadn't changed the blankets in his playpen yet so I left him on the floor. Next thing I knew, he had jumped into his daybed! You can see it didn't have the towel laid in it yet, just the "mattress", but I left him as is. So proud of him! He still has pretty limited use of his front legs. He can use them to walk to a certain extent, but he must have done the jump into bed with nearly 100% his hind legs, and landed it right! Such a smart dogger!!!

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Funny seeing one of those boxes being used that way. Wonder if Meez would like one? Nobody uses them as litter boxes anymore, and he's SUCH a box kitty!
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Did you try it? Make one into a bed?

I've been doing something slightly different with Pip. Sometimes, and more often lately, he won't want his Knox blox. He likes them the day they're made, not so well the second day, often turns his nose up the third day. I dump any leftovers the end of Day 3. This makes me reluctanct to keep making them, only to throw them out.
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So I offered him soy milk one afternoon when there were no blox. He was fine with that. But I'm worried about the calories, plus I don't want him having too much soy and possibly becoming allergic to it or something. But he needs his fluids. So I tried mixing water into it. He can drink it watered down! The whole point of the soy milk was the creaminess, to help his swallowing issue. Possibly his swallowing is a little better now, and he doesn't need it as thick to be able to get it down. Really don't know, just glad it's working thinned. There's still the sugar and his teeth. I haven't tried him on plain water, since he never could drink it before. Wonder if it's time to give water another try.
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I forgot to see about a bed, but he’ll sleep in any box at all, so I doubt he’ll turn it down.

As I recall you tried water with thickener with Pip ages ago, right? Frankly it sounds vile. LoI I can’t help but wonder if he might be ready for plain old water; the last report I saw said there’s no danger to a little bit of good, clean water even if it’s aspirated.

If it went ok you might try him with water with a spoonful of meat baby food, canned dog food, or the like in it (I call it yummy water) to see how it went? That’s something that can get them drinking without too much fuss or mess, if it works. All your furs might like it!
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