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Old 02-27-2012, 04:20 PM   #21 (permalink)
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This morning, in my vet's office, Max could not flip his back feet when they were turned over. I could have cried. He can flip them over when he walks, but not when he stands still.
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Old 02-27-2012, 10:31 PM   #22 (permalink)
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But he can walk. That's really something. It's not going to get worse, btw. It can only get better from here, or stay the same but as long as his legs work (to walk) and as long as he has bowel and bladder control, that's way more than our boy had...be grateful it's not worse because it could sure be worse.
Keep him rested for now but when the dr. gives the go ahead, get him moving and keeping his strength up.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:45 AM   #23 (permalink)
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What is the recovery course for this? Is it over time slowly and then rebuilding or is it dramatic. I know when my vet gave steroids he was looking for very noticeable resolution in a few days.

We can still look at Grim (no dx but that is a possibility maybe) and see something is not right but it is MUCH better. [two weeks]
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:04 AM   #24 (permalink)
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The recovery possibility for Max is everything from slight impairment to a full recovery. He is up, walking, eating, happy, trotting around and still very clumsy. The most difficulty that he has is with getting his hindquarters and legs under his body from a lying down or resting position. When he trots, his hind legs go all over the place to the left and right sides. He is happy, trying to jump and his affect is no different than it was prior to Sunday. On Sunday, he was very worried about his physical abilities and, at times, looked panicked when trying to move around. He is noticeably improved from Sunday, yet remains clumsy and with the inability to turn his hind feet over when they are flipped. He hesitates when going up and down stairs, but can still do this and my vet encouraged me to have him continue doing this as it makes him think about where his hind feet are.

I am thankful that he is doing as well as he is because it is not an option for me to have a 90+ pound dog that can not ambulate on his own long-term.
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I am so glad to hear this. Please keep us posted about his recovery.
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Caja had an FCE and has almost completely recovered. We sent her to a rehab place which made her movement much better. She now has made it into the top 100 for GSD's in flyball, which has happened after the FCE.
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I am thankful that he is doing as well as he is because it is not an option for me to have a 90+ pound dog that can not ambulate on his own long-term.
Quite honestly this is why we chose euthanasia for our dog. His impairment was quite a bit worse than yours, my husband could barely lift him and assist him in a sling, and Yaeger would fall over backwards when attempting to have a BM. His urine was leaking all over, he developed a rash rather quickly from that. It was felt that he'd heal best being crated and because of everything else and his legs were useless, he'd just injure himself further if we tried.
It was an extremely difficult decision on one hand but simple on the other. He was traumatized, mentally, as he couldn't hold his bladder (and barely hold his bowels) and it is tough for an 8yr. old dog who has been housetrained his whole life, to be in that position.
Our daughter, whom Yaeger had taken it upon himself to be "her dog" years earlier, took it hardest, she was 14 at the time.

We were told also that recovery could be up to 8-10 weeks. But if the dog has less damage than apparently Yaeger did, the prognosis would be fairly good.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:49 PM   #28 (permalink)
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When I came home this evening, Max was uncoordinated all over again. He is falling, staggering, has no balance and is partially dragging his hindquarters. I managed to get a call in to my vet just before they closed at 6 p.m. and he told me to give him an increased dose of Prednisone which I did. When his office opens in the morning, we will be waiting for him to walk in the door. At this point, I am beyond worried.

I was just about to post that Max was recovering and improving before I got home today. He was still "different", but was vastly improved from last week. Now, we are back to square one all over again.

The worst part of it is that Max knows that something is wrong. His eyes say it all.
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OMG, I am so sorry to hear that. Please keep us posted. I will put Max in my prayers tonight.
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I am so sorry you and Max are going through this. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
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