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Old July 22nd, 2009, 10:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr Lee View Post
I am sorry to hear about Nismo's problems. How old is Nismo? Is the rectal prolapse improving? What is being done to treat the rectal prolapse and the infection?

There are nerves that control the anal and bladder sphincters that come off of the spine. If there is neurologic damage or malformation then these can lead to problems. Since the nerves come off the spine, are there any problems walking?

Does the pet have sphincter tone? During a neurologic examination, one of the tests done is to lightly pinch (I use light pressure with forceps) the sides of the anus and see if it 'winks' back. If it winks back, that is evidence that the nerves are working.

Can radiographs (X-Rays) be taken? Sometimes puppies can have congenital issues like spina bifida, etc...

I have also worked with some very young boston terrier puppies that will poop while they walk and it be a difficult behavioral issue.

I hope this helps

Dr Lee, thank you so very much! I really appreciate your time and help. I sent your questions over to the foster mom. As far as I know, no trouble with walking. They thought and assumed it was a standard prolapse that could be corrected with surgery and dropped him off this morning for that surgery at a local vet in MI where the foster mom lives. They were shocked when the vet told them they think it's neurological and that nothing could be done. You would think they would still correct the prolapse, so that part confuses me. They want to get to a specialist as soon as they can as they know time can be of the essense. They've had over $10k in special needs rescue costs in the past month and so have to raise the funds first before they can do more to help him. In the meantime, are trying to find out as much information as possible. They were devastated to be told that "nothing could be done" and need to get a second opinion of an expert. Hopefully there is help for Nismo yet. He is a darling little puppy and is only 8 weeks old and 3.8 pounds. They just got him from the "breeder" (I use that term with sarcasm) on Monday so much is still unknown and in the initial stages at this point. I know he has no control and leaks poo and pee along with some blood, which they were told was from the irritation. I don't believe there has been any sign of improvement yet, but I don't think there's been enough time to really determine that yet either.
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