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08-25-2014 02:05 PM
Anubis_Star
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anubis, i would expect the prednisone to prevent total loss of use due to disc issues or nerve compression.
Prednisone can help with disc disease. But depending on the severity of the compression it will not always save mobility. Nothing short of surgery can do that sometimes, and even then... we euthanized a dachschund yesterday that herniated a disc a year ago, lost complete mobility, had the surgery, but never regained use of her hind end. Nerve damage was too severe and once nerves die they do not regenerate. On the flip side I saw a dog this morning that has disc disease, but hers is not that severe and she never lost mobility. She is on prednisone, pain medications, and 6-8 weeks of cage rest.

So yes it can definitely help save mobility but not always. Severe compression needs surgery
08-25-2014 10:19 AM
huntergreen anubis, i would expect the prednisone to prevent total loss of use due to disc issues or nerve compression.
08-25-2014 07:46 AM
Anubis_Star Could be numerous things. With german shepherds the two that spring to thought would be HD and DM. Did they do hip xrays? How do they look?

It would seem odd for HD to suddenly manifest as paresis of the rear limbs. You would generally expect to see a stiff gait, slow movements, tired after only a little exercise, etc.... Loss of use seems to more indicate neurologic, DM, back problem (herniated disc, compressed spinal nerves, etc). In that case prednisone could be of use.
08-23-2014 06:04 PM
selzer If the dog has lost the use of her back legs rather suddenly, and is on a couple of different medications, I would treat it as a medical emergency and take her to a good 24 hour clinic that will diagnose her and start treatment, instead of guessing.
08-23-2014 04:22 PM
llombardo
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Slightly off topic question because this is really neat... Is it a dog pool? Or a training facility? Can you get in with them? I've never heard of this before! We don't have a pool (or any natural bodies of water nearby, really, except the dog beaches) but I'd love to expose our puppy to swimming. Also didn't realize it was good for strengthening their hips. Will need to look into it... Thanks!
At this particular place owners are not allowed and it is for exercise and therapy for the dogs. There is another place that I have been to that I can go in with them and the area is rented for privacy, no other people or dogs. In this picture it was our first time there and I put life jackets on the dogs for them to feel safer. The life jackets came off once I knew they were safe.

08-23-2014 03:50 PM
Bruin
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I have a wonderful place by me that offers swimming. They go in the pool with the dog and the water is 92 degrees. Maybe you can find a place like that? My oldest dog has son arthritis in her one leg that had a previous injury and the vet recommended fish oil over the glucosamine. She said that stuff is hit or miss but the fish oil works. I have no clue if this is true, but it's what she recommended. In the picture Midnite is swimming, the two people are a couple feet from him.
Slightly off topic question because this is really neat... Is it a dog pool? Or a training facility? Can you get in with them? I've never heard of this before! We don't have a pool (or any natural bodies of water nearby, really, except the dog beaches) but I'd love to expose our puppy to swimming. Also didn't realize it was good for strengthening their hips. Will need to look into it... Thanks!
08-23-2014 03:29 PM
huntergreen has the vet discussed DM ? not sure of the age of your gsd.
08-23-2014 03:24 PM
llombardo
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Not that I can think of, but I'll have to check that out. I tried to get her to swim years ago, but she didn't do it. I should try again. I'm going to have to get her on glucosamine.
I have a wonderful place by me that offers swimming. They go in the pool with the dog and the water is 92 degrees. Maybe you can find a place like that? My oldest dog has son arthritis in her one leg that had a previous injury and the vet recommended fish oil over the glucosamine. She said that stuff is hit or miss but the fish oil works. I have no clue if this is true, but it's what she recommended. In the picture Midnite is swimming, the two people are a couple feet from him.


08-23-2014 02:33 PM
doggymom Not that I can think of, but I'll have to check that out. I tried to get her to swim years ago, but she didn't do it. I should try again. I'm going to have to get her on glucosamine.
08-23-2014 02:30 PM
llombardo Do you have a place to take her swimming? That is the best exercise for dogs with muscle, hd, etc.
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