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Nerve Damage from antibiotic injection

November 8th, 2006, 09:11 PM
My 6 month Shih Tzu was just spayed (laser), the surgery went great, the complication came when she received an antibiotic injection that damage the nerve in her left hind leg. The vet gave her a steriod injection and said it should be back to normal in a few hours, 6 days later she has received another steriod injection and has gone from knuckle walking to not putting any weight on the leg. She also has chewed and licked the paw from time to time throughout the past few days. If someone has any experience with this type of nerve damage caused from receiving an injection my questions are: Did you pet ever recover fully? If so how long did it take for the nerve to repair? What was the course of treatment? How can I help her feel better and heal? Did you vet take responbility for treatment cost? Please let me know what to expect in her treatment.

November 8th, 2006, 10:23 PM
Sorry to hear that happened. :( Do you know what nerve it is?
I'm going to assume it was the sciatic nerve, though I could be wrong. It is a nerve that is at risk of getting hit when giving a certain intramuscular injection into the rear leg. We try to use landmarks when giving injections in that area, but if that is done improperly or if the nerve is not where it usually is, it may become hit.
What did your vet say about recovery? I'm pretty sure they recover from it, but I'm unsure as I haven't seen it happen..

November 9th, 2006, 09:52 AM
It is the sciatic. The vet is unsure, they have given her two steorid shots. The first one was on the day after she was spayed, just before I went to pick her up (Saturday). At that time they said she would recover within 3 - 4 hours if not bring her back in a few days. So on Monday I took her back and they gave her another shot and said we should see improvement by Thursdays. Well, now she won't even walk on the leg, walks with it in the air. Last night she just laid in my lap and shivering and panting at the same time. We have an appointment this morning with her again.

One of the vet techs told us how common this is, even though the vet said it was very rare that is happens. When I can't find a thing about this on the internet I tend to believe that is more rare than common. It is really starting to upset me, because she is just 6 months old and I have protected her from everything since the day she was born. Thanks for the response and just listening.

November 9th, 2006, 10:06 AM
That is really too bad.:sad: I feel really badly for you and your puppy.

I have heard of this happening before, but I really don't know how common it is:shrug: It is too bad that it has to happen at all, especially if it has lasting effects like it does in your puppy.
Maybe you can call another vet's office and see how common it really is...

Hopefully you and your puppy will feel better soon:fingerscr

November 9th, 2006, 12:47 PM
I am back from the vet, Hooter (thats her name) is still there. They now say that the tech has said that she did not hit the nerve that she gave the shot just under the skin somewhere else. And that this might be a disc problem that she has. She is undergoing some x-rays and will be in a splint with predisone for a few days. I am really beginning to have some doubts here. She was perfectly healthy when she went in to be spayed. No issues at all. I have a list of questions that I am going back to the vet with. #1 how did she get injured in his care........ if it wasn't nerve damage via injection why was I told that twice once by him and once when I recieved the call from the vet office about the damage. Anybody else got any other questions I should ask......
By the way Hooter got her name because she was born the day before we have the huge walk for breast cancer in Boise, Idaho. She was one of two from the litter and the other one died at birth. Well our team name is Hiking for Healthy Hooters, so that is how she got Hooter.....

November 9th, 2006, 12:51 PM
Oh No!!!
That is terrible, definetly ask some questions....poor Hooter (cute name by the way ;) )

I don't have any advice on what questions to ask, other than what you have laready mentioned, but I do hope that Hooter is feeling better soon:fingerscr

November 9th, 2006, 01:27 PM
IMO, it's time to see a new vet. You're getting inconsistent stories, and there seems to be some kind of an injury that was sustained while at the current vet. Are there any other vet clinics you can go to for a second opinion? If only for your peace of mind?

November 9th, 2006, 01:42 PM
Yes there are other vets in the area. What bothers me is this vet has been my vet since 1993 and this is the first time I have not been in trust with them. I am going to spend a lot of his time this afternoon answering my questions. I am also going to ask for him to refer her to a specialist in Boise.

Will update later tonight when I get her home.

November 9th, 2006, 04:35 PM
We are both back, Hooter and Mommy....
The vet showed me the x-rays and said she is perfect, no sign of any disc damage or diease. She appearently has a pinched nerve. He has placed her in a splint and gave her predisone and will see her back on Monday when she has her staples removed from the spay operation. After monday if she is no better she will see a specialist in Boise per his referral. She is sleeping on our bed right now but I am on my way to buy her a special orthopedic mat. I feel much better right now. The vet explained that is could have been from the position she was in during the spay surgery, he is not sure but assured me today that it will be all taken of. Thanks, I will send add a picture of her later.

November 9th, 2006, 09:05 PM
Well I hope she gets better. It may be hard to figure out what exactly happened. But it may not be anyones fault, just a freak thing.

As far as the sciatic nerve goes, I believe it is somewhat common. I mean not extremely common, but it happens due to the area many IM injections are given. That's why I prefer to give my IM injections into the muscle bundle in the back since it's impossible to hit a nerve.

November 19th, 2006, 02:14 PM
It's been a few days now and a few more visits with the vet. Hoot is still limping but is putting some weight on the leg. She doesn't appear to be in any type of pain. The vet did mention this last time that he wants to x-ray her again to rule out Leggs-Calves Perthes Disease. I am checked out the signs and symptoms of it and I am pretty sure we can rule that out. She is the right age for it but I just don't see
*Chewing at hip of flank region
*Progressive lameness (may take about 2 months until dog is not bearing any weight on limb)
*Stiffness of affected limb (85 to 90% of dogs have only one hip affected)

**** Atrophy of muscles of affected limb (this maybe I see, but she is getting the strength back)
*Pain when moving the hip - especially when extending the limb backward and also to the side

Has anyone had an experience with Leggs-Calves Perthes Disease?

November 19th, 2006, 04:18 PM
Can I ask: are you paying for all these appointments?

November 19th, 2006, 06:06 PM
We are not being charged for any of her visits or treatments. The vet has taken responsibility. He stated it was something that happened while she was there. I am thinking it more of a pinched nerve than anything. I read that it can take more than a month for her to feel better. She is beginning to put weight on in it, and it certainly hasn't slowed her down from playing with her daddy, Tater Tot. I am going to ask that she begin chiropractic care once we clear that she does not have Leggs-Calves Perthes Disease.

the gang
November 19th, 2006, 07:56 PM
where do you guys live????? i have a super chryo, for dakota

November 19th, 2006, 09:39 PM
We are in Idaho. About 50 miles from Boise. I have checked the Boise area and found one. But if anyone is near the area and has a recommendation please let me know. We are about 8 to 11 hours from Portland and Seattle and 4 hours from Salt Lake City. Thank you all so much for the responses so far.

January 29th, 2008, 08:51 AM
Hi, I have a large, as in bobcat-sized, ginger cat boy who lost the use of his left rear leg three weeks ago as the result of anesthesia administered during his first (he's almost 7) dental cleaning. I know this is going to take a long time.

The vet has told us how to do physical therapy with him. The problem right now is that he evidently is experiencing some nerve regeneration, and woe to whomever is remotely near when one of those unexpected pangs hits him! Remember, he is a huge cat - about 3 ft tip to tip - who normally HATES to have even one toe hair touched; he's very sensitve and quiet in normal times, with a funny sense of kittyhumor.

Has anyone else with a cat with leg nerve damage seen this in your cat? DeSoto (his name) is fine, then, suddenly, he's growling, yowling, and badmouthing your momma! He shifts around and is obviously uncomfortable. It's also causing problems with our other ginger boy. We are having to keep them separated.

What did you do for it or about it?