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Old 02-12-2018, 06:46 PM
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So as some of you may remember our mini schnauzer Roxy was diagnosed with a tumor that was a thymoma back in September. The vet said best course of action was to do surgery. So we did surgery and she has been back to herself after ever since the surgery in OCT. Just last month she had x rays to see if there were any signs of it growing back and so far there have been no signs. But unfortunately something else happened tonight.

We let her outback tonight and our neighbors have dogs too. When they are out there they all get wound up and bark and run back and forth between the privacy fence. Well something must have happened. When I went out to get her in I found her walking dragging her back legs. Took her right to the vet, doesn't seem to ve in pain but her back legs are just weak at the moment but sje can use them. Was given pain meds and anti inflams and strict bed rest to see if ot getz better. The vet said there is a chance she could end up paralyzed. I guess my question is is it still fair to her to let her go on if she is paralyzed? Have any of yoy had a similar experience? Do they adapt to only having use of two legs? Thanks in advance?
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Yes they adapt. She will be fine. Get her a doggie wheelchair
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Was about to say...dogs are incredibly adaptable if it comes down to it.

Our hound hurt her back maybe a year ago and could barely walk. We were worried about if she would recover but a few days later she was fine and back to terrorizing her little brother. Just pulled a muscle being too playful for 77 year old self.
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Yeah she had a issue a little over a year ago where she was acting weird, seemed in pain wouldn't play or jump, took her to vet and basically degenerative discs because of her age (she is 11). The problem is we try to limit her jumping and walking up steps but she is very lively and thinks she is still 2. I am more concerned as last time she could still walk normally and this time it seems she is having more problems with her back legs but does not seem to be in pain. Hoping she will recover in a few days with meds, but always want to prepare for the worst. Obviously I know she would need our help a lot more if worse case scenario happens. Do and of you know how this will effect her as far as her pottyong goes? Will she no longer have control of it?
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Would something like this help if it comes to it?

https://www.handicappedpets.com/adju...g-wheelchairs/
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Would something like this help if it comes to it?

https://www.handicappedpets.com/adju...g-wheelchairs/
Yes if worst comes to worst that would probably help out a ton.
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We had a dog who lost use of her hind legs a few years back. We had her in a doggy wheel-chair for about a year. She finally succumbed to the cancer which caused the initial problem, but for that year, she was happy and comfortable.
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One of my previous dogs had a degenerative nerve condition that affected her back legs and hips.

Physical therapy did wonders for her.

See how she does. Quality of life is how I would make the decision.
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One of my previous dogs had a degenerative nerve condition that affected her back legs and hips.

Physical therapy did wonders for her.

See how she does. Quality of life is how I would make the decision.
Yea I appreciate it, anf that's what I plan to do. Already I can tell this is going to be difficult. Despite weakness in her back legs she is acting like she is fine and wants to jump and climb stairs. Will be going after work today to buy a crate. It will be tough because she is used to sleeping in bed with us and I'm sure she will throw a fit about having to go in the crate over night. Wife is working from home today and will be able to monitor her at least. But its very difficult to try to get this dog to just slow down. I thought pain meds would make her sleepy, but that hasn't been the case at all.
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Anyone a vet in here or anyone with experience. How can I keep a dog in a crate and have her not be completely miserable as she is used to spending her time being a lap dog and sleeping in bed with us. She was crate trained as a puppy but hasn't been in a crate in many years.
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Anyone a vet in here or anyone with experience. How can I keep a dog in a crate and have her not be completely miserable as she is used to spending her time being a lap dog and sleeping in bed with us. She was crate trained as a puppy but hasn't been in a crate in many years.
I am a veterinarian. Your limited history briefing makes it sound like Roxy suffered from an acute IVDD crisis: Intervertebral disk disease. How long ago did this occur 2 days ago? Is surgical decompression an option ($5,000)? Have you seen a veterinary neurologist yet? You are still within the window for surgical resolution if it's IVDD ( sounds like it).

I would say gabapentin, carprofen, and strict rest: May need some "trazadone' dosed at 5-8 mg/ kg / day to subdue her a bit.
She does not have to LIVE in a kennel. She just needs to remain as quiet and stationary as possible...this could even be sitting on your lap: there is nothing magical about a kennel: the goal is to minimize motion of the spine, allowing the disk to fall back into place, settle the inflammation and open up the neurologic pathway for electrical conduction back to the legs again. Can she hold her bladder ok? Can she pee on her own volition?

I don't check dockside chat anymore often. But, if you'd like PM me and we can talk about options for Roxy. This is NOT an UN-common presentation in small breeds like your mini schnauzer.
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Sorry to hear about your troubles, we have 3 rescue mini schnauzers that would throw a fit if they weren’t allowed to sleep with us in bed. Good luck, hope roxy feels better
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Sorry to hear about your troubles, we have 3 rescue mini schnauzers that would throw a fit if they weren’t allowed to sleep with us in bed. Good luck, hope roxy feels better
Thank you!Glad you know what I mean lol.
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
I am a veterinarian. Your limited history briefing makes it sound like Roxy suffered from an acute IVDD crisis: Intervertebral disk disease. How long ago did this occur 2 days ago? Is surgical decompression an option ($5,000)? Have you seen a veterinary neurologist yet? You are still within the window for surgical resolution if it's IVDD ( sounds like it).

I would say gabapentin, carprofen, and strict rest: May need some "trazadone' dosed at 5-8 mg/ kg / day to subdue her a bit.
She does not have to LIVE in a kennel. She just needs to remain as quiet and stationary as possible...this could even be sitting on your lap: there is nothing magical about a kennel: the goal is to minimize motion of the spine, allowing the disk to fall back into place, settle the inflammation and open up the neurologic pathway for electrical conduction back to the legs again. Can she hold her bladder ok? Can she pee on her own volition?

I don't check dockside chat anymore often. But, if you'd like PM me and we can talk about options for Roxy. This is NOT an UN-common presentation in small breeds like your mini schnauzer.
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Sent you a pm. Surgery is possibly an option but the poor girl just had a tumor removed from her chest cavity back in Oct. We hate to put her through another surgery.
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Sent you a pm. Surgery is possibly an option but the poor girl just had a tumor removed from her chest cavity back in Oct. We hate to put her through another surgery.
If you're considering surgery at all, my opinion is sooner is better with old dogs. The younger they are, the easier the recovery for them, just like us humans.
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Its worth having a board certified vet surgeon look at your pup doesn't start getting better
Not to get your hopes up but the vet tech at my vet has seen dogs walk again after an operation.

Prayers for your baby.
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Originally Posted by ILoveMermaids View Post
Its worth having a board certified vet surgeon look at your pup doesn't start getting better
Not to get your hopes up but the vet tech at my vet has seen dogs walk again after an operation.

Prayers for your baby.
Well she is currently walking normally albeit a bit slower but we dont want her running around anyways. I think the meds are bringing the inflammation down, but keeping her from going uo steps and jumping in tge future will be a real challenge. Nothing slows her down. I am not exaggerating when I say she acts like a 2 yr old pup but is 11.
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Thank you!Glad you know what I mean lol.

I’m in Madrid and haven’t seen my angry grey suiters in 2 weeks. Hard to explain to folks how awesome the breed is. Lots of minis here in spain. Kinda surprised they’re big in argentina also.
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About 4 years ago my French bulldog do to pinched nerve from a bulging disc. After being told by the vet that I should get a MRI ($2800) and the surgery could be between 5-8k I was at the decision to have her put down. After a little research I took her home with pain meds sedatives and antibiotics. 4 weeks of massaging her bladder to pee and ticking her ass to poop with a lot of work on my part she was able to gain use of her legs she runs a little crooked now.
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Originally Posted by sydngoose View Post
I am a veterinarian. Your limited history briefing makes it sound like Roxy suffered from an acute IVDD crisis: Intervertebral disk disease. How long ago did this occur 2 days ago? Is surgical decompression an option ($5,000)? Have you seen a veterinary neurologist yet? You are still within the window for surgical resolution if it's IVDD ( sounds like it).

I would say gabapentin, carprofen, and strict rest: May need some "trazadone' dosed at 5-8 mg/ kg / day to subdue her a bit.
She does not have to LIVE in a kennel. She just needs to remain as quiet and stationary as possible...this could even be sitting on your lap: there is nothing magical about a kennel: the goal is to minimize motion of the spine, allowing the disk to fall back into place, settle the inflammation and open up the neurologic pathway for electrical conduction back to the legs again. Can she hold her bladder ok? Can she pee on her own volition?

I don't check dockside chat anymore often. But, if you'd like PM me and we can talk about options for Roxy. This is NOT an UN-common presentation in small breeds like your mini schnauzer.
Aaron
My dog had two back legs partially paralyzed from IVDD (intervertebral disc disease). He had surgery and after 1 month, all neurologic function returned to normal. We spent over $4,000 for the 4 1/2 year old dog, but it was worth it for a vital member of our family.

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