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Back pain in dogs

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Azule23, Mar 28, 2012.


  1. Azule23

    Azule23 PetForums Newbie

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    I have a poodle mix. Sandy is half poodle, 1/4 Shih Tzu and 1/4 maltese. She has a long torso which has caused her to injure a disk in her back. She is on kennel rest at this time. She has had a steroid shot and is on a daily dose of Rimadyl. I guess I would like some encouragement that she will get better with just kennel rest. She is able to walk but back legs are weak and give out. Any advice? My husband and I love this dog and would do anything to get her better.
     
  2. Bella Beagle Mum

    Bella Beagle Mum PetForums Senior

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    Hi and welcome to PF. :)

    I have no experience of a slipped disc in dogs but our pup, Bella had meningitis 6 months ago. By the time she was diagnosed she was completely paralised from half way down her spine and in her back legs.:( She was treated with antibiotics for the meningitis and steroids for the symptoms in her spine. She was put on stricked kennel rest for 4 weeks gradually increasing her time out of the kennel and excersising over the next 4 months.

    It has taken nearly 6 months as she has had the meningitis to fight but she is almost completely better now. She has a little stiffness in her spine which we are speaking to the vet about hydrotherapy for (after advice from people on here) but the movement and strength in her back legs is as good as new now!:D:D

    I know it is a different thing, but as long as you have a good vet, you have to trust and put your faith in them - I know the one we ended up with saved Bella's life!!

    Have faith and take it one step at a time - don't be in too much of a hurry to rush things as if I've learned anything from our experience, things will heal in their own time and you can't rush it!

    Good luck and keep us informed!;)
     
  3. Dally Banjo

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    Welcome to the PF sorry to hear about Sandy :( Rest may well make her better & hopefully it will.

    I think it depends on which disc & how much it is buldging. Our dog had an op on his neck last year for two buldging discs they took bone from his shoulders & grafted into the neck at those two disc points then made incisions in all the other discs & in his neck so he does'nt get a domino affect, so far so good with that op :D But he has a disc in his lumba spine that is a bit iffy to at L7 :( that can be fused with pins & screws to but a dodgy operation so the vet is hopeing the spodilosis he has growing under that disc area will fuse it naturally & we wont have to make that decission :)

    As BBM said hydro is great when Sandy is ready & there are supports you can get that would help you to help her walk if she needs it, accupunture is good to so there are lots of things that can be done for Sandy & the fact she can still move her legs is a good sign so dont give up hope :) x
     
  4. Little Cheif

    Little Cheif PetForums Member

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    Hi.

    Its always horrible to hear things like this. I have 10 years of dog rehabilitation experience and recently acquired a Dogue de Bordeaux with a spinal injury. Within a very short few weeks he started walking again (it thats what you want to call it). The point is, he is no longer crawling on his front two legs and dragging his bum. He walks in a crab like motion. This will only get better over time.

    At first, his situation was - whenever you would lift up his back, he would collapse.

    I started swimming him twice a week at my hydrotherapy centre and within 4 weeks he was able to support himself on his back legs for short periods.

    I should point out that this is not a one off and hydrotherapy does work. I assume your dog is quite small - if so, you could swim her in the bath.

    I have not been here for sometime due to various reasons, but you may want to check this link in the Daily Mail

    Dog harness invented by man whose pet lost a leg after developing MRSA | Mail Online

    Good luck and please check first with your vet to get their approval before engaging in anything.
     
  5. EmCHammer

    EmCHammer PetForums VIP

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    My boy ran into a post and among other injuries he exploded the top disc in his neck. He was paralysed we had to turn him every two hours and catheterise him

    Slowly but surely the feeling came back and he could rol onto his tummy after two weeks and he has permanent damAge and can scuff his feet and runs a bit crab like but he got there

    Hope your dog continues to improve.
     
  6. noushka05

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    im so sorry to hear about your little dog, i know 1st hand how distressing it is for not only the dog but for you aswell, one of my huskies suffered a spinal injury last year whilst playing rough with the other dogs, it was awful, she practically lost the use of her back legs and was screaming in pain, the vets kept her in over night to control her pain and give her other medication with plans to send her to a specialist for an mri and possible surgery....miraculously she improved so much over night that she was allowed home the next day, she had to have cage rest for weeks and was treated with tramadol and norbert tablets for the pain and inflamation, she did so well and seems back to normal now, though im very wary of her playing too rough and jumping about, its so hard to stop her though because shes a bit loopy.

    really hope your little dog does as well as mine, and she'll be fit again soon x
     
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    With the support of a good vet and some hard work it can often be done.

    Oscar injured his back last year. He must have done it during the night because I came down at 7am and I found him dragging his rear legs..

    We went straight to the vet he tested and although he could find no obvious slipped disk or injury Oscar had no feeling in his legs or tail.

    I gave him injections of a steriod type at first daily then ever other day then 1x every 3 days.
    I also used a sling to help him move around and took him on seperate walks driving to the grass field and supporting him while he pottered about. At no time did he loose control of bodily functions.

    After about a week he was walking again but only for about 50 yrd and very wobbely..We gradually built up the time and distance he was allowed to walk until he was back walking with the other two dogs.

    We did daily massage and bought a second hand whirlpool bath which OH set up in the garden so that Oscar could have some home hydrotherapy on a regular basis ( theres no hydrotherapy center nearby us) ..

    He loved it and has made a great recovery although he now drags his feet a little as the arthritis is setting in..The point was Oscar was happy to go along with it all he would wag when I picked up the sling , got excited when we filled up the bath ect if at any time he had said enough I would have stopped, it was as much his decision as mine.

    I hope your dog does as well..
     

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    Azule23 PetForums Newbie

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    After six days of kenneling, I believe Sandy is getting a little better. We do not have access to hydrotherapy in this area. I thank everyone for their comments and encouragement. I can see this is a slow process. She acted like her old self for awhile last night, licking and wagging her tail. That was great encouragement to us. I know we will have to continue to kennel until she is back to normal. Mornings seem to be bad for her until her medicine is given and it begins to work. I am petsitting for my daughter next week so will have to keep the animals separate. She has a little Morkie and three cats. The cats will be kept in another room so as not to excite. Actually Sandy does like cats but in this instance we will keep them separate. Thanks for all your suggestions. I will keep you updated.
     
  9. Dally Banjo

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    Great to hear she is a little better, tail wagging is always a good sign :thumbup:
     
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