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Old June 28th, 2008, 04:04 PM
krisg krisg is offline
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Needed information on dog paralasys

My 2 year old domerman underwent surgery on Wednsday to remove a forgin object from her intestines. She had swallowed a sock and they needed to remove 20cm of her intestines. She survived the surgery and is healing well from it, except when she awoke from the anasthetics she had hind leg paralasys. She would not move her hind legs at all. Since there has been a little improvement she can now raise herself and put some weight on her hind legs but her feet keep knuckeling over and she has no coordinated movements in the rear legs. I am told that she has the normal reflexes and that she responds to pain. She tries to walk but her hind legs are almost dragging behind her. The vet took X rays but can not see anything wrong with her that would be causing the paralasys. She was started on steroids yesterday to try to reduce any inflimation that may be putting pressure on nerves. I am looking to see if anyone knows what might have caused this, has experience with this type of situation, knows of treatment options or of any vets who specialize in this type of injury.
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Old June 29th, 2008, 12:06 PM
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If your dog does not respond to the steroids, you should consult with a neurosurgeon. The 2 issues might not be related - just coincidence. It is possible that there is inflamation of the discs in your dog's back which would result in the hind leg weakness. If your dog does recover use of legs you might want to have a special back X-Ray taken just to know going forward if there might be a second "event" resulting in a second paralysis.
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Old June 29th, 2008, 07:20 PM
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You should ask your vet for a referral to a board certified neurologist.

Is there a critical care veterinary clinic in MB?

In BC a situation like that would be referred to the neurologists @ Canada West Veterinary Specialists
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Old June 29th, 2008, 07:28 PM
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I agree that your dog should see a neurologist and you should ask your vet for a referral to the best one in your area. Good luck and keep us posted.
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