|10-05-2013 07:36 PM|
We can only say that we share in your pain. Our 6 year old suffered 3 herniated discs and cord compression 9/10. He did have the expensive surgery, but now is paraplegic, and incontinent of urine and feces.
We are trying everything under the sun to give him some quality of life; our cart is due any day and he finally has diapers that fit.his attitude has been fine until yesterday. No he whines all day long. He has licked his anus raw, despite vigilant stool expression.
His bladder is expressed every 4 hours. This is a nightmare.
|10-04-2013 01:12 PM|
I have a 9 year old with Lumbo Sacral, diagnosed at 5 Sorta similar, in that it is compression of the nerve and disc. We were told he would have to have surgery by 7. We brought him home, strict rest, high doses of previcox for 3 weeks, weaned off on the 4th week. We had the MRI done to get the actual diagnosis. Brought back ever so slowly, walks to the end of the driveway and back, no stairs, got his weight down. We saw a chiro and an acupuncturist, started swimming to build muscle. I kept previcox on hand, to deal with flare-ups, but my scripts would expire before I used the pills, so now I keep a low-dose aspirin on hand. We eliminated tug for about a year, threw out our frisbee, tried to keep any twisting to a minimum. He gets grain-free, but that has to do more with allergies and thyroid than his back and all I supplement with is cod-liver oil.
He's actually lost a ton of weight recently, but that is because it has been such beautiful weather, he's getting like 5-6 hours outside daily. A day like today, he takes it easy, rainy and cool, but hot weather, dead of winter, we can't keep up with him.
He still jumps on our bed and it's an 18" deep mattress on a box spring, he's always on the darn couch, between blueberries and dogs, my couch has never looked worse Takes a round out of our Saint every day!
For some dogs and we were one of the lucky ones, there are answers other than surgery, but it's a long road and you have to be prepared for set-backs, for bad days, for a lot of work, you have to really get in-tune with your dog and be prepared to make decisions based on that dog. It might mean, fo a year, you don't take vacations because you don't want someone else looking after him, it might mean ugly looking mats and beds for him to be comfortable. At this point, a 9 year old dog, I would not have surgery on, but that is my decision, for my own dog, heck I didn't let them sedate him to drain a hematoma, we treated naturally.
What I am saying is, many of us have been in your shoes, spending hours doing research, talking to everyone, talk to the vet, talk to the local pet store owner, get a network of real people going, you will find many people in your shoes, surgeries like that, there's no guarantee they will work, there's no guarantee not having the surgery will work, but you will be amazed when you start talking to people, just how many are dealing with similar things and you will get ideas on how to deal with it yourself.
|10-04-2013 08:12 AM|
Go to Dodger's List:
Dodgerslist: canine back problems home page
They have a ton of back info.
Are they sure it's not an infection? Veterinary Surgical Centers - Discospondylitis Just something to ask about. Is he neutered?
Please keep us posted.
|10-04-2013 12:57 AM|
My female dog has 4 compressed discs in her back. My vet said they could do surgery, but they usually heal with rest. It took her over a month to get better, but she did. She was on crate rest and we had to lift her in a wagon to get her outside to potty. We had to help support her while she relieved herself and she was on pain meds, but she did get better.
The vet said the issue would happen again. It did. About a year later. We caught it quick, got her on crate rest and pain meds and she didn't get as bad as the first time. She is fine now. We just keep an eye on her and try not to let her do to much, but when she feels good she loves to run.
I should mention, she is a mixed breed dog and is only 20 pounds. She was not difficult to move around.
|10-04-2013 12:11 AM|
We did not have conclusive diagnosis on Grim but are pretty sure we had a disc compression injury and time and rest, acupuncture, cold laser, and chinese medicines really seemed to help him.
It took about 6 months for him to mostly recover (but then he got hemagiosarcoma which is unrelated)
|10-04-2013 12:02 AM|
|GatorBytes||Chiropractor along with the acupuncture...anti-inflammatory supplements - Curcumin (aka - turmeric, but not the grocery spice, need the 95% standardized extract) along with Boswallia - give with food.|
|10-03-2013 02:05 PM|
I have an 8 y/o GSD. We adopted him at 5 y/o from his beeder. His previous owner could not keep him anymore. Over the course of 2 days, Zek could not walk and would not eat. We took him to the vet, in addition to not being able to walk, he had a fever.They did blood work and xrays. He has been there since Monday (2 days). They have him on an IV with antibiotics and B12. Now, he is able to eat and his fever is gone but he still cannot really walk. The vet showed me xrays that show he has a compressed disc on his right lowerback/hip area. The vet is keeping Zek there until Friday to keep him resting and finish his fluids/anitbiotics. They did "laser therapy" and acupuncture to the area. Aside from that, the vet is telling me time with rest or surgery are the only things we can do. He is 8 y/o and the vet said the specialist for the surgery charges $6,000 - $7,000 that we really can't afford. Has anyone had sucess with other treatments or rest? I'm heartbroken and have been crying every night since Monday when he went so downhill. TIA