August 5th, 2004, 09:18 AM
Hello all, I was wondering if anyone has a shih tzu that has experienced back problems, specifically some paralysis.
My dog was having trouble walking around, jumping and was just not herself for the last day or two. Upon taking her to the vet we were told (without having taken x-rays) that the dog either had some paralysis in her spine or had an enflamed joint on her left back side.
The vet also said that this was normal??? for shih tzus. I've searched all over the net and can't find a single thing about this.
Has anyone out there experienced something similar? If my dog's appetite is normal (better than ever, actually), she's wagging her tail constantly but is having a hard time walking, is this paralysis???
August 5th, 2004, 09:26 AM
I would consult another vet. During your visit the vet should have taken an x-ray to confirm their diagnosis. I could be wrong, but that doesn't seem very professional to me....
I have never heard of paralysis being "normal" for a shi-tzu!!
August 5th, 2004, 09:50 AM
I have never read anything about that before. We did a ton of reading before we got our Shih Tzu puppy and no place ever said anything like that.
August 14th, 2004, 01:33 PM
I have never heard of Shih Tzu with any problem like that. :confused: I have had two my Buster lived to be 12 he was a overweight boy that I rescued at 6 yrs of age even though he was large for this bred he never acted like that. My 4 yr old Jordie is fine aswell, if I were you I would again go to the Dr and get some real answers start with a X-ray that would really help. Let us know what you find out please :)
June 25th, 2009, 03:17 PM
I have had two of these babies with back issues. My vet performs a bit of chiropractic treatments, and Little Bob also gets pain killers when the problem is severe. He also takes a vitamin supplement that has helped A LOT. We are better at being able to notice when he is having an issue before it gets severe so we limit his activity by either crating or gating him in a room. He is NOT allowed to go up or down stairs at all anymore. Like your dog, he eats perfectly fine when this happens, so that isn't really an indicator of the problem. You can just tell by watching how he moves.
Good luck with your doggie. I wouldn't trade mine for the world, and would do anything to help him.
April 5th, 2011, 10:06 PM
Zoe. Yes my Shih tzu had back problem. She was 7 yrs old and loved to jump down off high places to meet the mailman etc. This past Monday she jumped once to often. She ruptured her spine middle of her back and became completely paralized from there back. It was such a sad sight, she put her head to the sky and begged for help. The vet said there was nothing we could do but put her to sleep. He said it is a weekness in that breed. She was a wonderful dog. If we did anything wrong, it may have been that we let her get a little overweight. So love your wonderful Shih Tzu and pray this never happens to it. normlee
April 5th, 2011, 11:18 PM
I have three Shih's and have never had a problem. Then again, I do not let them do stairs, jump of couches or beds. And no they are not coddled, I just trained them to be safe.
I would go see another vet.
April 6th, 2011, 07:05 AM
Shih Tzu also commonly get the same disease as Dachshund, IVDD. Basically their stature puts too much pressure on the spinal discs and things like jumping and stairs really don't help because of increased impact.
I do not know if they are prone to disc drying/ calcification like Dachshund.
If this IVDD then there is surgery. It is not cheap but it will help and will probably get him mobile again. If he is still using the back end some he probably didn't rupture a disc, but maybe herniated it. This may be difficult to see on X-ray. If you have a local veterinary school this might be the best place to go, they will have all the technology and knowledge to make a diagnosis and will be able to do surgery at the most affordable price.
ALso make sure he is a proper weight, being overweight increases many joint issues. Also no more jumping up and down, you might want to put in a ramp to the couch.
April 6th, 2011, 08:01 AM
normlee, thank you for sharing your story. My condolences for the loss of your little girl. :grouphug:
:candle: Run free, little one. :candle:
April 7th, 2011, 12:49 PM
normlee, I'm so sorry for your loss :grouphug: My condolences to you and your family.