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Posted: 01/23/21 09:53pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We previously had a doxie with a back problem. Both time it got bad the vet injected steroids to reduce swelling, bed rest other than potty and meal time and no jumping up or down and no steps. The 2nd time he couldn't walk at all, but it worked and he was still walking when he passed from old age. The problem is their back. Common problem for them.

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Posted: 01/25/21 05:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update
She has had her fourth shot
Appetite is good. Bowel and bladder works well. We will wag her tail when she is ready to do either and will spread her legs.
Still on Gabapetin and Prenisonole.
I found an old infrared light from many years ago. Hand held with to heat settings and used it when iI had muscle aches. Does not get too hot and I move it continuously up and down her spine and hips. She likes it.
We have been able to get her to stand on her back leg briefly.
Got a doggie wheel chair yesterday and tried it today. She sat calmly while we were putting her in it. Have to give the leash a little tug to get her to walk and she doesn't like it. Maybe with a few more uses she will accept it and try to walk.
Little concerned about weight at 3.4 pounds but didn't see anything lighter. She weighs just under 11 pounds.


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Posted: 01/26/21 08:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am having second thoughts of using the doggie wheels at this time.
Should we allow her more time to heal? Does anyone have any idea if using it would traumatize her further?

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That's a hard one to answer. Normally it takes "some time" for the initial insult to resolve and heal. During that time they are more prone to relapse. If she is able to stand, that might be the best exercise at this time. I still think keeping her from trying to move around too much is probably best.


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Posted: 02/15/21 04:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Here is an update:
Took her to another vet and started cold laser and chiropractic therapy. No adjustment. Vet told us she would do 3 treatments and if no response we would have to accept her as she is. A sad thing to hear and having PTSD, she has been my therapy and she, along with her sister, keeps me active.

First treatment was on a Tuesday. Couldn't tell if it helped. Second treatment on Friday. Saturday and through the weekend we could see a small improvement and when taking her outside with a strap I noticed when her feet touched the ground she would move her rear legs a little as if trying to walk. I'm thinking "maybe."When set down she would stand on her rear legs albeit wobbly for a few moments.

It appeared that each morning after letting them out of their crate I could see improvement. Five days afer her second treatment I let them out, sat her down and was changing their bedding. As I turned she was on her feet but wobbly.

Took her outside with a strap to do business and noticed she was moving her legs more when they touched the ground. Each day was an improvement.

Third treatment 5 days later and she could walk a little but still wobbly and rear legs would collapse but she would try again.

The Vet said we could continue treatment because of the progress she has made. She also showed us some excercises such as gentle pulling of her body, moving and stretching her legs and moving them a resemble pedaling a bicycle.

It has now been 6 days since last treatment but snow and cold has cancelled our next appointment for treatment.

Today is Monday and last Friday she was on the floor, wife in kitchen, and I was out of the room. As I entered she room she was on her feet and although wobbly had walked to the kitchen. Every evening we allow her to do so and with the exception of an occasional slip on the polished concrete floor she is very stable. I now carry her outside on a leash, set her down and she walks to do her business.


We notice a widening of her shoulders and believe it, along with an always hungry look, is because of the Prednisolone. Her medication has been reduced from 3 25mg Gabapentin daily to 2 daily for a week and now once daily. Prednisolone from 2 mg once daily to once every other day. Cosoquin once daily. Appetite is good. Drinks water and has bowel movement and pee's are normal. From the time of her paralysis Jan. 13 until now she never seemed to exhibit pain.

We still restrict her movements some to allow rest.

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That's really good news and good progress. Not sure she'll ever get back to "normal" but I suspect that she'll get to the point that she can take care of herself without your constant attention.

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