|09-24-2013 10:17 PM|
Hi--Rafi's mom here. So sorry to hear about your Rafi. I would HIGHLY recommend acupuncture. I know of several dogs who were paralyzed and able to walk again after acupuncture treatments. You need to find a really good acupuncturist though.
I personally swear by acupuncture for myself and for my dogs.
Good luck and thanks for taking such good care of your Rafi!
|09-24-2013 05:11 PM|
|Rafi's Dad||Could you post or send pictures of what you have done?|
|09-24-2013 03:56 AM|
I second using the "bottoms up" leash....I used one for about the last 6 months of my 16.5 year old boy's life...he felt much more at ease being upright, and even though it was tough-at 90 pounds I could "steer" him in the right direction.
If your boy is happy otherwise and doesn't seem phased by his paralysis...give it a try and see how he does. My boy was just too old for the cart, or I'd have gone for it in a second. I finally had to send him to the Bridge- because of intestinal cancer...not because of his old man hips not working anymore. I'm so sorry this has happened to your dog! They have such spirit in them though...amazing how positive some dogs can be despite something like this.
|09-24-2013 01:21 AM|
|RebelGSD||I have been caring for one since February. It can be done. I use size 6 diapers as a belly band tied with two elastic bands on his back. I feed raw which keeps his poops solid and dry, so the cleanup is easy. I use the bed pads for the areas he sleeps on in case the diaper leaks. Mine does not like the cart so I got him a wagon to drive him around on walks. It is extra work, but it can be done. My guy is always in a good mood and bosses me around. Tells me when he wants on the bed.|
|09-22-2013 09:38 PM|
|readaboutdogs||Also I just held his tail up out of the way, I didn't shave him, but didn't get to incontinent issues.|
|09-22-2013 09:33 PM|
|readaboutdogs||You can find some good advice on handicappedpets.com and on their community page. In Clippers last week I was able to help him poop, I wrote about it here, that made him so much more comfortable, he just didn't have the strength in his back legs to be able to go on his own that last week. I helped him poop 2 or 3 times a day, just had him lay on his side and held an ice cube against his bottom, it works immediately. I had paper towels ready to "move away" and just turned the newspaper under his bottom as he went. He would otherwise just "hold it" till he just couldn't hold it any longer, or fell, then it would just come out. It effects their appitite ( just like us) when they can't poop, helping him he had good appitite even on the day we helped him to the bridge. I had a bottoms up leash, it helped, but is still hard with. 100 pound dog. I read about helping him on the web I mentioned here. I was able to get him out to pee supporting him, so didn't have to go to diapers. I was always able to touch or handle him as I wanted, so this made this possible, very important to be able to touch/ handle you dog. He was such a sweet old man. Good luck with your buddy.|
|09-22-2013 08:43 PM|
I just thank all for input so far, and backbreaking it sure is. Home for three days, and his perianal area is shaved. Keeping up with incontinence and are diaper researching. His cart will come in two weeks. Unless he becomes I'll from pressure sores, or urinary tract infections this illness will not encourage us to euthanize him. If he's in pain then for sure we would. Today a solicitor rang our doorbell, and Rafi scooted 8 ft. Across a laminate floor to the front door, barking and peeing and pooping along the way. So once the cleanliness issue is solved it will be different.
His personality, spirit are unchanged. I couldn't imagine putting down a wounded athlete or warrior( Christopher Reeves).So far my wife and I can handle it. Even though she is 56 and I am 65 with bad knees. Rafi was my service dog after one knee operation.
|09-21-2013 05:49 PM|
My Boris was paralyzed from Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Long story short, he fell over paralyzed one day, and it took a month before he could walk again. We used a Ruffwear harness on him to help him up and walk. It is a great harness with a handle on top. My dog recovered, sort of, but he was never the same. Is your dog expected to recover or not? I'm sorry, and I hate to admit this but if my dog was permanently paralyzed I would have put him down. He was 100 pounds and hard to move, it broke my back trying to help him walk. My vet even suggested we put him down, but I couldn't until I gave him a chance to recover. He did recover, but died a year later.
I'm so sorry about your dog. It's hard work taking care of a big dog who can't walk. Oh, I almost forgot. My dog dragged his back feet and ripped off his nail, so I got him Ruffwear booties, another great product from Ruffwear.
|09-20-2013 07:30 AM|
Kudos to you on your care of your boy.
Dodgerslist: canine back problems home page I highly recommend this website and the people there who will help. Tell them you came over from this forum. There may be some other assistive devices like a Help Em Up harness or a Ruffwear harness, etc, that could help you deal with this. They even make "sack" type things so that a dog can use their front legs and the back legs are enclosed in that so that they can scoot right along.
A friend did all of the expressing and things after a spinal surgery. I am sorry that the prognosis is not as good as normal - another person I know had a dog who was hit by car and not expected to recover, they did all the home care, and the dog (both are GSDs) has exceeded expectations.
I also know of a paralyzed Shih tzu and they've been doing regular acupuncture appointments. She has recovered some movement and had some pretty major (was paralyzed as a puppy when a door fell on her) improvements since starting those treatments.
I would ask about shaving his hind end area to make cleaning easier.
Sometime vet rehab type places can be helpful - they do a lot of this care, so can give tips at the very least. www.thera-vet.com is an example of one such place so you can see services, and then on the links page there should be a link or 2 to help you search for any near you.
Good luck! Please let us know how it goes.
|09-20-2013 03:45 AM|
|blehmannwa||I have not but I hope that it all works out for you. See how he does when he's out of the hospital, it all depends on how he and your family adjust. My neighbor's dog was on wheels for quite a while and seemed happy.|
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