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Old 07-25-2012, 03:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all,
I have a pup that is 4 months old. When she was 2 days old, she got laid on and completely flattened out spread eagle by the mama dog. She was dead (not breathing) for at least 10 minutes that we know of.....could've been a lot longer (we don't know how long she had been under the mama dog when we found her. My husband administered CPR for 10 minutes before she finally took a breath. She was paralized for a few more minutes after she started breathing and crying but then her feet started moving as well.

She is now 4 months old and is displaying some odd behavior and also some health issues as a result. The vet is not sure yet, how extensive the damage to her joints is, or to any other of her organs or functions....time will tell. He calls her the "mystery dog" because she is very special and we just don't know yet. SHe has the sweetest spirit of any of my Shepherds ( I have four). She is having issues with both back and front legs. She can walk and trot but running is difficult and her gait is very odd and we think painful, although we are not sure of that yet. He has started her on pain medication to see if this changes her movement or demeanor.

She is quiet and would prefer to be in her crate than anyplace else. She seems content to watch the world from the sidelines. She will play with her littermate a little but can't play at the same athleticism or run as fast. She does like the water though and takes great joy in splashing in the wading pool. Training is challenging to say the least. When faced with any kind of a challenge, whether it be a little tug on a leash or too rough play from her littermate, she just lays down. I have offered her raw steak to intice her to practice on the leash and she just lays down and is not tempted by it at all.

We love her and we will spend whatever needs to be spent on medical care for her lifetime. She will not be a candidate for breeding of course but we fell head over heals in love with her that day she came back to life. We don't know what the future holds for this precious pup, but the vet says that it is pretty safe to say that she is at the very least, a little developmentally disabled. SHe is also very thin......we have never been able to get or keep any weight on her. The vet has also started her on a prescription dog food, to see if that helps before doing anymore tests. I was just wondering if anybody else out there had any similar experience and would welcome any thoughts or advice. IF you made it this far, thank you for reading my post. :-)
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have a toy poodle who was born crippled. She mainly walks on her front legs and cannot support much weight on her back legs . Her knees are backwards. Her elbows in front jut out..she looks jacked..haha. she runs as fast as she can and is always happy. If it was painful I probably wouldn't have saved her. The breeder wanted her pts from birth so i hand fed her. She is 6yrs now and takes crap from no dog. She cant jump,but can walk with her butt in the air. She is maybe 3 lbs. I'm glad I gave her a chance. She kinda looks like a insect but...she's our Ree Ree.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We have a Dachshund with brain damage of some sort (plus spinal damage) who was very underweight - 5lb. upon arrival.
She had no thirst or food drive at all. We had to mix canned food and water to get fluids in her.
She's up to just over 8lb. now and "healthy" if you will.
She'll never be right.
She walks like someone with spastic CP.
But she's a good pet and a very sweet dog.
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Best of luck to you and this sweet little puppy. Thank you for giving her a chance. 35 years ago I rescued a beagle (thought to be around ten years old who had just three legs.. The most well behaved sweetest little dog any one could want.. He live another five years and I was heart broken when Lucky passed away.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a toy poodle who was born crippled. She mainly walks on her front legs and cannot support much weight on her back legs . Her knees are backwards. Her elbows in front jut out..she looks jacked..haha. she runs as fast as she can and is always happy. If it was painful I probably wouldn't have saved her. The breeder wanted her pts from birth so i hand fed her. She is 6yrs now and takes crap from no dog. She cant jump,but can walk with her butt in the air. She is maybe 3 lbs. I'm glad I gave her a chance. She kinda looks like a insect but...she's our Ree Ree.

I laughed out loud when I read the part about how she looks like an insect. A face only a mother could love! I love that. THank you for your post. I'm glad we saved this one too. She is as beautiful in her face and her pigmentation as any German Shepherd I have had, but her silouette is not quite right. Her spirit though, is precious beyond measure. I hope that she grows out of some of these issues or perhaps some can be fixed with some procedure or surgery....but if not, perhaps pain management and a couch potato lifestyle with lots of love and attention will fit the bill.
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THank you Msvette and m1953 for your comments as well. I appreciate hearing about you guys having dogs that weren't quite "right" but that were great sweet pets. We are a small, and just starting out breeder of quality german shepherds, taking it slow and learning all we can. Having this little girl does not fit into our "plan" at all but she fits into our hearts perfectly. :-) I would not trade her for the world. She is our little miracle dog. (actually she is 4 months old and 38 pounds so she won't be "little" for long!) Thanks again for your posts.
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I would do stem cell treatment with her. It can work wonders with all kinds of conditions. It worked great for my dog with DM, I posted videos in this section. I think it is great for neuro damage.
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Old 07-26-2012, 11:43 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I will check that out RebelGSD. I hadn't heard of it before. I hope that we will be able to at least get her to a place where she can have a good quality of life. She is so young and has her whole life ahead of her. She is so sweet and of course gorgeous like her mother! She is just kind of slow, and awkward. THanks for the suggestion. I will research stem cell treatment. :-)
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Regenavetlabs did the treatment for us. You can contact them and see what they think and suggest. Dr. Vuilliet is wonderful.
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Hope all goes well with your pup. I saw her picture on the August picture thread and she's adorable! Just curious if your vet recommended any options to you, such as having an orthopedic specialist examine her front and back legs and her spine.
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