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lumbosacral disease

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Arny, Jun 30, 2020.


  1. Arny

    Arny PetForums Senior

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    My dog has just been diagnosed with lumbosacral disease.
    Does anyone have any experience of this? I've had a look online but can't find much info particularly relating to progression.
    Does it usually lead paralysis?? I suppose rate may be different for each individual.
    We are going to look into hydrotherapy as suggested by the vet to strengthen and gain muscle but not sure how she'll take to it with her dislike of water.
    Thanks
     
  2. Jimmie O'Chutt

    Jimmie O'Chutt PetForums Junior

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    My previous dog had a lumbosacral disease. He did get paralysis at the and of his life, but he did manage to live a few years with it. We didn't do any hydrotherapy. We added glucosamine and chondroitin supplement and gave NSAIL painkillers when needed.
     
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    Do the hydrotherapy or laser therapy ! This will cost you a lot, as frequency is the most important thing.
    Forget glucosamine and chondroitin.
    Increase omega-3 in the diet.
    Try to make her/him loose some weight and gain muscle.
    NSAID in case of crisis (you'll have to see that with your vet).
     
  4. Arny

    Arny PetForums Senior

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    Thank you for the replies. It gives me hope that it might not progress too quickly.
    She will be starting gabapentin as we do think she's in pain (paracetamol has a noticeable beneficial effect but not a long term solution).
    Thankfully she's a fine weight, on the skinnier side for most I would think.
     
  5. Leanne77

    Leanne77 PetForums VIP

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    My previous dog had this disease, as does my current dog. I'd never allow them to get to the point where they lost the use of their back legs unless of course it happened suddenly.

    My experience is that it seems to progress fairly quickly, despite medication. My current dog is on gabapentin, amantadine, paracetamol, metacam and the highest dose of fish oil for his weight yet his neurological symptoms progress on a weekly basis. I'm hoping to get an appointment with an acupuncturist who also does laser therapy to see if that helps him.
     
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    how old is your dog?
    do you have insurance?
    would your vet do a referral to somewhere like fitzpatricks or dick whites ( other specialists are available) where they do various treatments including surgery
     
  7. Arny

    Arny PetForums Senior

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    So sorry you're going through the same. No me neither.
    That's really though, I'm sorry.
    How long has he shown symptoms if you don't mind me asking.
    Seems it can be variable which might be why I can't find much info.
    I think she's had it for as long as I've had her so assessing her behavioural changes that might mean pain has been difficult.

    She's 9
    Not insured (she has a whole host of preexisting conditions the rescue had already noted), but honestly spinal surgery is more than I would put her through.
     
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    He's been reluctant to get into the car for several years now but as far as his neurological symptoms go - rear toes knuckling over when he walks, doing a funny hop to make his back legs catch up with his front legs, bunny hop style of running, struggling to get up stairs, very poor proprioception etc - it's been less than a year. I had my other dog PTS with the same issue in March and back then Flynn was still going on hour long walks, coming up the stairs in the house so it's definitely progressed quite quickly. Now he can only manage half an hour walk at a time and has to wear a harness with a handle so I can assist him if he's struggling with an obstacle (steps, going up an incline etc).
     
  9. Arny

    Arny PetForums Senior

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    So sorry. Its Just awful, especially when they're so with it in their mind.
    Thank you though as it gives more insight into the condition.

    Before the x rays my vet suggested Degenerative myelopathy and now I wonder if that would have been better as at least with that its suggested they're not in pain.
    We've had her nearly 6 months and I don't think its progressed too much thankfully (nail scrapping has become a bit more noticeable). Has taken a while with everything to get a diagnosis especially as the rescue had picked up on it but just put her on yumove thinking it was arthritis.
    She also does the occasional hop and her back legs are always very close together or even crossed.
     
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