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Old 07-12-2017, 02:17 PM
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HELP - Dog paralysed what to do :(

Dear Dog lovers
Please may I ask for some much needed help and advice
Our little 18 month old Bichon doggie jumped off the bed one morning at 0900 to chase a ball (as she had done many times) and screamed out
Over the next hour she seemed way too down and subdued and not happy
We took her to the vet who said nothing wrong and sent us home
Over the next few hours she seemed even worse, no interest in food and breathing heavy
So we took her to another vet who also said nothing wrong and sent us home
However by 6pm she had lost the use of her back legs
We took her to the emergency vet who immediately admitted her
Next day X-rays showed nothing so they recommended a MRI
MRI showed compressed disks
They recommended surgery for the following day, and we agreed at great cost
It’s now 2 months later and 10,000.00 and although out from hospital she is sill paralysed from the mid back down and drags her back legs behind her
She has no control over her or bowel, i.e stools or urine control
We have her in nappies and have also got her a wheel chair that she dose not seen to like much, although within herself she seems happy
I spent 4 years changing nappies in the 90’s with my children, and the thought of possibly spending the best part of the rest of my life (I am 55 and she could live for 12-14 years) is not something I feel I could not manage
My wife wishes to keep her no matter what, but already our day’s are now spent almost exclusively taking care of our little sick dog, it seems to be a full time job and our lives have been put on hold and the smell of waist never goes away
I love my dog and my wife and this is all making me very sad
Any advice / help would be most welcome
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Old 07-12-2017, 02:31 PM
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Seems like you need to have a real heart to heart with the vet that performed the surgery and see what the chances are of her regaining feeling in those legs. And then you need to evaluate her quality of life. Unfortunately that is a discussion between you, your wife and your vet.

I am so sorry you're going through this. I know it can't be easy.
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Old 07-15-2017, 04:43 PM
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Hi
Thank you for your message
So the Vet think there is little chance of any improvement
My wife states categorically that we adjust and look after our little dogie
We are surrounded poop and urine, and every day is taken up with looking after our pup, she is not meant to drag herself along says the vet, and she dose not like her wheels so must be carried everywhere all the time
I mentioned to my wife and the vet whilst in for a consultation the possibility of putting her to sleep, at which point my wife burst into tears and left the room. The vet said it was brave of me to bring this up and that it certainly is a choice and she would support us whatever we chose to do
But I think if I have the vet put her to sleep my wife will not be able to take it and this maybe a marriage breaker, but I cannot live for 10-12 years like this and this also could be a breaker. I am at a loss what to do
Stuck between a rock and a hard place they say
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That sounds like a really tough place to be. I wouldn't blame you for choosing to euthanize, caring for a disabled dog can be rough. It comes down to quality of life, first thing I would do is ask the vet for a consult without the dog there to discuss quality of life, coping mechanisms and care options including euthanasia. Honestly, I think it's atrocious that they haven't done that already, though this may not be a common situation for them. That said, there are plenty of stories of happy disabled dogs it takes a dedicated owner and a support network.

Some things that might help decrease your workload:

- a positive based trainer. This is a massive change for the dog and she may need some help. This would help her get used to the wheels and then become obedient in them. Life is much easier with a happy dog that listens to you.
- find online groups for disabled dogs. There are a ton out there and grabbing advice from people who have gone before can make things easier. There's one I've seen that was able to get their dog out of diapers with some careful management. The other thing about this is that these groups may help make this commitment real for your wife which may give her perspective.
- find a daycare or dog sitter that is able to handle the dog. Just knowing there is somewhere she can go if you need her to will take a load off. I would have her there once a week just to get her used to it and have one day off caring, carers come under enormous stress and it's important to deal with that if possible. Also it means you have someone who can take care of the dog if you go away.
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There are professional trainers available, at least in major urban areas, that can help you train your dog to use her wheels. Once she adapts to that, it should become a lot easier to live with your disabled doggie. I would think once she discovers she can get around with the wheels she will show far more enthusiasm about using them. I have seen a number of dogs that use wheels for their rear legs, and do fairly well.

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Old 07-16-2017, 10:20 PM
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You need to consider what is fair to the dog before anything.
Yes.
A dog can live out their life in a wheelchair and diapers. Some are fine. But from the sounds of it the physiological toll this will have on her seems to be unfair to ask of her.

There are many things to try.
Physical theyarpy and t touch are possible.

I would consider seeking out a physical therapist for your dog.
And have them review your case. See if they think anything will help.

If not that's when you consider euthanasia but physical therapy can work even in the worst circumstances!
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