Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Dog health - Ask members * If your pet is vomiting-bleeding-diarrhea etc. Vet time!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old May 23rd, 2006, 01:51 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Exclamation Help! Dog can't walk for some reason

I have a 9 year old pitbull terrier whom has done something to his back/hind quarters. At first he seemed really stiff and was walking slowly. We took him in and the vet seemed to think he tweaked a disc or just threw out his back. He gave him a shot of rimadyl and some previcox pills (Pain killers). Well, the next day he now can not even walk! He just tries to slide around by pulling his hind legs. One leg appears ok, while the other is totally paralyzed. We dropped him off today at the vet and are awaiting the results of X-Rays.

Now he does have a lipoma on his one good back leg, but the vet seems to think it it the non-invasive type and has nothing to do with his current problems. Does anyone have any possible insight/experience with this?

I'll update when I hear back from the vet.

tks
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old May 23rd, 2006, 03:30 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
I don't have any experience/advice for you....just wanted to say good luck.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old May 23rd, 2006, 03:52 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Thank you

I'm still waiting to hear from the vet as they had to sedate him first in order to get the x-rays done.

I also wanted to throw out there that he has no problem wagging his tail and honestly does not seem to be in terrible pain when he tries to move. But, pitbulls have an incredible tolerance for pain, so that's not really too helpful.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old May 23rd, 2006, 05:00 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Ok, so, he has bone spurs in is vertabrae and it is possible he has a pinched nerve. Basically the vet says we need to keep him calm and drugged up for a few days and hope he improves. If not we either have to go to a specialist for surgery or possibly even euthanize him . Any insights would be deeply appreciated.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old May 23rd, 2006, 05:06 PM
chico2's Avatar
chico2 chico2 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 26,591
I have no insight to offer,only wish your pooch well and that he'll soon be his regular spunky self
__________________
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old May 23rd, 2006, 06:15 PM
the gang the gang is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: hudson quebec
Posts: 1,348
give him a couple of days quiet time than contact a chryo, it really does help, min min pin was total parillzed after a fall off the sofa slipped disk, omgod the chryo did wonders there is help my min pin is about 90% better good luck keep us posted where do you live brenda.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old May 25th, 2006, 01:56 PM
mooie's Avatar
mooie mooie is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 67
Help! Dog can't walk for some reason

I'm sorry to hear about your baby. Mine, too, has a pinched nerve and had real trouble walking - feet criss-crossed, gait wobbly, would fall down if his balance wasn't perfect. My vet put him on Metacam (based on his weight) and he's doing good. He has his bad days, but most are pretty good. Boy, I would get another opinion if the only two options are surgery and putting him to sleep. That sounds pretty drastic. Be careful, though, of Rimadyl - I stayed clear of it because of all the deaths directly attributed to it. Good luck and see if your vet would consider Metacam. Keep us posted.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old May 25th, 2006, 01:58 PM
mooie's Avatar
mooie mooie is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 67
I didn't realize I didn't have to put a title on the thread to reply. Color me extra red. I'll do better in the future.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old May 30th, 2006, 04:52 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Smile

Thanks for the replies everyone!

Well, I decided to go with surgery after talking with a friend familar with the particular surgical center we were referred to. We took him in and the surgical center's diagnosis was a torn/ herniated disc in has back applying pressure to his spine. We then decided to move forward with a CT and/or myogram and surgery if that indeed was the cause of his problems. Well, they ended up finding 2 torn discs and succesfully cleaned up the areas and relieved the pressure. He came home today and can now stand up on his own but needs help walking by using a sling. They think he will make a full recovery, but only time will tell. However, they said he is doing VERY well, so I'm quite hopeful. I'm leaving out many details, but I could type a book if I included everything.

Again, thank you to everyone for your help and if anyone is unfortunate enough to have a pet with a similar condition, let me know as I now feel like I'm semi-pro at this topic.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old May 30th, 2006, 05:16 PM
masonsmom masonsmom is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: vancouver island
Posts: 15
good for you for not giving up on your boy. surgery, particularily at a referral center is not cheap, but i found the service/resources top notch. did a great job on my boy and i slept at night while he was under their care, knowing they were staffed with knowledgeable,competent people all night.
hope he continues to improve.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old May 30th, 2006, 06:58 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
Glad to hear your boy came through his operation okay and it's always good to hear that the vet says he's doing very well. Did he/she say how long for a full recovery?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old May 31st, 2006, 07:40 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Quote:
Originally Posted by rainbow
Glad to hear your boy came through his operation okay and it's always good to hear that the vet says he's doing very well. Did he/she say how long for a full recovery?
Thanks for the thoughts everyone.

They said around 6-8 weeks, although they said he would probably be walking ok on his own around 2 weeks. He has already shown some improvement today over yesterday. The 6-8 weeks is basically how long we need to keep him from running around on his own as he could re-injure himself. Basically, scar tissue will fill in the gap the soft disc material that was removed filled in between the vertabrae. Once that's taken place (6-8 wks) he should be good to go.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old June 1st, 2006, 12:01 AM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
Glad to hear that he's improving. I guess it's going to be a long 6-8 weeks though.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old June 1st, 2006, 07:40 AM
chico2's Avatar
chico2 chico2 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 26,591
JGB,great news,thank's for going all out for your pooch,we would love to see a pic of him
I have often wondered how you possibly keep a dog still,if he feels he wants to get up and run unless he's in a lot of pain..
__________________
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old June 1st, 2006, 01:44 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Here's a pic of him! We have built a pen for him (8x10 feet) to keep him from running around.
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #16  
Old June 1st, 2006, 01:54 PM
sways_bodyguard sways_bodyguard is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: california
Posts: 124
glad to hear ya puppy is doing better!
Reply With Quote
  #17  
Old June 1st, 2006, 02:00 PM
rainbow's Avatar
rainbow rainbow is offline
-
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Beautiful BC's Kootenay Country
Posts: 34,757
Handsome boy!!! and you are taking such good care of him by building him a pen.
Reply With Quote
  #18  
Old June 1st, 2006, 02:10 PM
chico2's Avatar
chico2 chico2 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 26,591
He sure is a beaut,black/white,right??
I may be a bit ignorant,but that colour is not that common in pitties,is it?
Thank's for the pic
__________________
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie
Reply With Quote
  #19  
Old June 1st, 2006, 06:44 PM
glasslass's Avatar
glasslass glasslass is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Calif.
Posts: 4,684
Hope he's feeling better and has a complete recovery. It's good to see responsible owners who will go that extra mile for their fur-kid!
__________________
When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I am old, I admire kind people. -Abraham Joshua Heschel, theology professor (1907-1972)
Reply With Quote
  #20  
Old June 15th, 2006, 02:07 PM
jgb0607 jgb0607 is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 12
Just an update..... Fella is doing great! He can actually walk on his own now, but is pretty wobbly. The main thing is he keeps getting stronger and stronger which is good news.
Reply With Quote
  #21  
Old June 15th, 2006, 02:18 PM
mastifflover's Avatar
mastifflover mastifflover is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Toronto
Posts: 4,007
I just read your post and that is great that he doing so well. What a handsome boy he is. Just take it slow and easy as to not reinjure it.
__________________
Robin
A dog has so many friends because they wag their tails not their tongues.
R.I.P. Buddy 2002-2008 The best Mastiff ever.
Now owned by Clark the Crazy American Bulldog
Reply With Quote
  #22  
Old June 15th, 2006, 02:20 PM
Lucky Rescue Lucky Rescue is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 10,287
OH that's fantastic news!! Fella is so lucky to have such a caring person who would go to such lengths to help him.

He's such a handsome boy. Give him a smooch from us.

Quote:
but that colour is not that common in pitties,is it?
Pit bulls some in nearly every colour, and b/w is quite common.
Reply With Quote
  #23  
Old June 15th, 2006, 02:36 PM
chico2's Avatar
chico2 chico2 is offline
Senior Contributor
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Oakville Ontario
Posts: 26,591
Thank's for the update on Fella,especially with good news
Lucky,it's about time Chloe got the honorary position of your avatar
__________________
"The cruelest animal is the Human animal"
3 kitties,Rocky(r.i.p my boy),Chico,Vinnie
Reply With Quote
  #24  
Old June 15th, 2006, 09:58 PM
Copper'sMom's Avatar
Copper'sMom Copper'sMom is offline
And Zoodle's Mom!
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Oxford County, ON
Posts: 2,047
Glad to hear your baby is getting better! Prayers for a quick and full recovery!

I do want to commend you for spending that kind of money on a 9 year old dog! Many people would have opted for euthanasia as it is much cheaper.:sad: That's wonderful what you have done PLUS building the pen!!! Fella sure is lucky to have you as an owner !!!
__________________
Never mind the dogs, beware of the owner!!!
Reply With Quote
  #25  
Old January 8th, 2008, 09:40 PM
meko77 meko77 is offline
Meko
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Waxahachie
Posts: 1
help my cant dog walk

my 3 year old husky cant walk well she has her good days and bad days. to where she can get up. but she acts like her back legs are stiff are some thing, now she acting like her front leg hurts. please help does anyone think she will be ok.

Last edited by meko77; January 8th, 2008 at 09:47 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
    Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 0%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:32 PM.