Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 9:38 am Post subject: Paralysis
Hi, on Saturday my pug Rocky was playing with my husband, Rocky tripped and fell and started screaming and dragging himself on his front legs. We took him straight to the vet who did xrays and has had him since. Rocky has a slipped disc in his spine and the vet thinks he was most likely born with spinal injuries.
We are so worried and the vet cannot guarantee that he will walk again. Rocky has no feeling in his left hind leg but he does in his right and the right hind leg is slowly getting stronger. We are getting him home tomorrow and he has to have 6-8 weeks bedrest....HELP!!!!!
anyone had this happen to their pug? xx
Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:22 pm Post subject: Re: Paralysis
I'm very sorry to hear this about your pug. Some years ago I had a lhasa who jumped off the bed about four feet from the floor. She hit the floor and could not walk. She dragged herself with her front feet and a trip to the vet showed on the xrays that her vertebra were actually pinching the spinal cord. He gave her shots, took her home and had her in her crate and about a week later it got much better. Sometimes sharing info does help. I hope your baby gets well as quickly.
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Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:52 pm Post subject: Re: Paralysis
I am so sorry to hear this. How terrifying for all of you.
My best advice is to follow the vet's instructions completely. If the vet says no running, no stairs, etc. do it. The next few weeks of recovery are very important.
Unfortunately for you, the pain meds that Rocky is probably getting will make him feel way too good to be still. Tallulah compressed one of her disks and I wound up taking her off the pain meds because she wanted to play and run. I didn't want her to suffer, but I had to keep her still for a while. So talk to your vet about what to do if Rocky is feeling too good. Maybe cutting the pain med dosage in half or not using it at all.
You will probably have to carry him for a while, out to potty, up to bed, etc. Then have him on a leash to make sure he doesn't run around.
You might talk to your vet about water therapy. Swimming might be a great way for him to stay fit and use his legs without putting a lot of weight on the legs and spine. My vet offers hydro therapy and larger cities have rehab centers for pets. Or you might be able to get a small blow up pool for him to use.
He will adapt, if he doesn't get the use of his leg back. Dogs are remarkably resilient creatures.
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Posted: Fri Jun 03, 2011 1:10 pm Post subject: Re: Paralysis
I certainly hope Rocky gets better and I agree follow the vets advice very carefully. However, worst case scenario if he cannot get better then there are options. many companies now make doggie wheelchairs and they let dogs leave actives lives. My foster dog and eventual adoptee Bingo had partial paralysis of the hind legs from a slipped disk that progressed to full paralysis. He used a wheel chair cart on walks. He passed away in november but was very happy using his cart. His death had nothing to do with his paralysis
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Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2011 3:39 am Post subject: Re: Paralysis
I hope your Rocky get well soon.
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Posted: Sun Jun 05, 2011 11:01 am Post subject: Re: Paralysis
thank you all for your kind words, but I do have good news... ROCKY IS HOME!!!!
bed rest now for 6-8 weeks and I have to get him some pain relief pills everyday. I am so relieved he is here and I am in shock at how well the little one is doing!
He can sort of get about on 3 legs and drags the left hind leg, so I can let him out in the garden to pee! I never thought we would get here so quickly he hates being in the cage and gives me the big sad eyes when I look at him!
The vet has given me exercises to do on him to encourage feeling back in the left hind leg so fingers crossed! I can hear him snoring away in his cage and Im nearly crying with happiness. Rocky is my world and I love him so much.
We are back at the vets on fri so I will keep everyone posted on how he is improving :)
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