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Unread 04-13-2008, 10:20 AM   #11
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Glad to hear they found the cause of the indigestion and diarrhea.
Does the vet know why your doggy has a back sprain? Is this from an injury?
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IMO I wouldn't take him to a doggy chiropractor at this stage - you haven't got a definitive diagnosis apart from sprain. Just in case he's done something more severe it would not be appropriate to have his spine realigned or his underdeveloped bones and tissues wrenched an dpulled.

Yes, do put down extra rugs etc he can stand on and if he's struggling lift him up as he'll strain his back more and cause pain if he struggles too much. Depending upon his size you could make a sling for him with a towel (I used an old leotard for one of my dogs).

Massage won't do any harm if you know what you are doing and acupuncture would certainly help if he's in pain -

did the vet give you any medication?

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So things did not get better and we took him to MedVet. They think that he has dislocated a disc in his neck and it will be a surgical repair. What happened was that it was pressing on his spinal column and causing the paralysis in his back legs. They are doing an MRI today and if it is that and not something more serious they will do the surgery on Wed. It is sad that we are hoping that he has a dislocated disc in his neck because the other possibilities are not good. As far as what caused it we are not sure, but the vet said it was an injury. He loves to chase squirrels and racoons. The day that he was starting to act funny he had chased a racoon and we think that he just moved his neck the wrong way.

Doctors said he has a good to excellent chance of recovery. We are only concerned about his life afterwards. They said he may be limited on catch/fetch and playing with other dogs indefinitely. Does anyone have any experience with this?

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I do hope the surgery goes well. No experience of that type though, sorry.
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Poor dog - one of my toy poodles did exactly the same thing. He went bounding off after a rabbit. He prolapsed his cervical (neck) disks. He later went on to prolapse other disks but that's another story.

With regard to the cervical disks he was up and about within a week or so - i suppose if a dog has to prolapse disks the neck is a better place. He'll get pain killers for a little while and have restricted movement - the stairs are a bad place to come down, but your vet will advise you re. mobility issues. Let us know how he gets on.

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So sorry for the diagnosis, had hoped it was temporary. Wishing you both the best. When will he have the surgery?

Wu blew a disc this past summer, the vet said surgery but she was in so much pain I took her home and put her on crate rest with Ester C for a month. She's right as rain now...though I do watch her activity level.

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So sorry for the diagnosis, had hoped it was temporary. Wishing you both the best. When will he have the surgery?

Wu blew a disc this past summer, the vet said surgery but she was in so much pain I took her home and put her on crate rest with Ester C for a month. She's right as rain now...though I do watch her activity level.
Hi Daux - Wu was lucky that he hadn't ruptured his disk as he could have had paralysis if the nucleus (disk material) was pressing into his spine. You would think with medicine these days disk repairs would be fairly straightforward but I think we are still in the dark ages. Pain is good because it lets you know there is sensation still there; if pain isn't present that isn't such good news - e.g. if a dog starts wobbling or can't stand properly then you have to red flag nerve damage which can of course lead to paralysis if the disk material isn't removed.

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So Riley had an MRI yesterday and they had 3 doctors read it today. NOTHING! No disk, back looks good, neck looks good, hips are fine and NO TUMORS pressing on the spine! Their explanation for the wobbly back legs is that it is a clot that was pressing on his spine. They called it FCE (I think). It is very rare and flukey (if that is a word). It occurs in larger breeds of dogs mostly and will go away eventually.

He is already walking soooo much better. He is supposed to be in a crate at all times--we are bad though and are letting him lay in his bed and walk around (that's prob going to stop soon though because he is anxious). He's on prednisone and the antibiotic for his parasite. This has been a wild ride, but ended up well. I am very happy that he is home.

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Glad to see it has worked out ok, this far at least. When I first read the symptoms it sounded like poisoning.
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