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Old 07-27-2008, 05:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, today when I got up I noticed Boo couldn't get up off of his bed. He cannot stand on his own at all. His back legs just aren't working. He has hip displaysia as well as arthritus. He has been on Deramaxx for years.
Since today is Sunday I have had a hard time getting ahold of a vet. After about 10 calls and 45 minutes I finally got ahold of one and he said it doesn't sound life threatening but to increase his Deramaxx for today and get him to the vet first thing in the morning. So I did increase his dosage and am going to call around tomorrow first thing and hopefully get him to a vet so they can look at him and get xrays.
Boo is 10 years old and for the most part is very healthy. He was walking fine yesterday. He never runs because of the arthritus and sometimes he limps a little but he has never fully lost control of his back legs before, and since this was so sudden it really has me worried alot.
All I can do is keep him comfortable and keep a close eye on him today. I am not sure how to get him up to let him go to the bathroom though. I am bringing his food and water to him. He is laying on his bed and I have the air conditioning on.
Also he doesn't seem to be in any pain at all. Which is making me think he might be paralyzed. So that even scares me more.
I guess all I can do is wait and see what the vet says tomorrow and go from there.
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Old 07-27-2008, 05:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You can use a towel or piece of sturdy fabric to create a sling to help him move around - like this product:

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Have you tried pinching the skin between his back toes? If you pinch hard and he doesn't react - then it sounds like he might be paralyzed.

And if he isn't in pain then the Deramaxx won't help any. I'd try a couple anti-inflammatories.
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Old 07-27-2008, 05:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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No words of advice from me, just (((((hugs))))) for you and Boo. Hope this is easily fixable and PLEASE keep us posted.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I just tried pinching between his back toes. He responded when I did his left one but no response from the right one. Also I tried the sling, I was able to get him outside but he didnt go to the bathroom. I will try again later.
He still has his appetite, because he just ate without any problems so that is good. And like I said, he doesn't seem to be in any pain at all right now.
I am not sure what kind of anti inflamatory to give him other then deramaxx.
Tnanks for the replies and suggestions I really appreciate it. I will keep you posted on how he is doing.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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i don't mean to stress you out any more but i would try and take him to an emergency vet. it could be HD related but could also be some sort of spinal compression. if he has spinal compression it is important that treatment happen immediately according to my vet when this happened to my dog.
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I would love to be able to take him right now to an emergency vet. So far the closest one is about 2 hours away although maybe there is one closer in a smaller city. I will have to call around some of the smaller areas around here. Another problem is that I am agoraphobic and have panic attacks. Which basically means I cannot travel more then about 20 minutes away from home without having a full blown panic attack. I have not left the city where I live in about 10 years. But I am going to call around right now. Thanks for the reply and suggestion.
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So sorry this happened to your dog. I've never had a dog that suddenly couldn't walk like this so really don't have any suggestions. As someone else mentioned, it may be a back/disc problem, or perhaps a "pinched" nerve, a sprain - lots of things that could suddenly happen that could cause him to lose the ability to use his back legs. If you need for him to go an ER, could you have a friend take him since you're unable to leave town?

Have you tried any type of therapy to see if you can overcome the agoraphobia?
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Old 07-27-2008, 07:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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He has an appointment at 8am to get xrays done. Both emergency vets I spoke with said that it didn't sound life threatening. But as was already mentioned, it could be very serious and should be taken care of asap. Since he seems comfortable and has an appetite I am going to just keep a close eye on him tonight and get him in for xrays first thing in the morning.
All I can do is hope it is not too serious like paralysis. Maybe its something not as bad, like a pinched nerve as you mentioned. He is a tough dog and has been through alot in his life. I will keep everyone posted on how he is doing. And thank you for the suggestions and replies.
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Please let us know what you find out.

Give him a big hug!!!
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Hoping things are better today.
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