03-13-2018, 09:37 AM
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No offense but a small dog like a French bulldog can probably adjust much easier to being paralyzed in the hind legs than a large dog like the original poster. You can easily pick up a small dog and paper train them so they never have to go outside or walk much at all to use the bathroom and you can just take them outside for air when it's convenient for you.
For an active gsd husky mix who liked to jump a lot like the op had, suddenly being paralyzed might have been much more traumatizing. And a huge adjustment. My 75 pound Akita pitbull mix had a genetic degenerative spinal disease at age eleven and for five months got weaker and lost the ability to use his hind legs. Sometimes he could walk a little, sometimes he could actually run a few steps, sometimes he would drag his whole back end or just lie there and look at me. He wouldn't use the pee pads but shredded them. I kept hoping for a miracle cure and he was spunky and loving and eating and drinking. But he wouldn't go inside on pee pads, so I had to use slings and a medical harness to carry him up and down three flights of carpeted stairs several times a day and clean many accidents on the way down. Plus my carpeted apartment was destroyed with odor. He was active and high energy and until that disease at age eleven he needed to run, jump and play for at least one to three hours a day.
It's a huge adjustment for an active hyper dog. It's traumatizing for dog and owner. He had a constant sore on one paw because he always dragged that paw. He ripped off and destroyed every sock, bandage, cast and boot I put on it. I cared for him full time for every second of that five months because I couldn't bear to put him down and I didn't think he was ready to go until the last week. I definitely put my entire life on hold and jeopardized my job at the time. Every second of those months was heartbreaking and maybe I should have euthanized him but I would never judge anyone facing that decision for whatever decision they make. It's expensive, I spent thousands even with pet insurance, emotionally heart wrenching and a full time commitment. Everyone knows their own dog best and some dogs might not be able to handle being so dependent on their owner and not being able to run and jump anymore.
It's a huge decision, especially with a large active dog.