10-05-2016, 11:41 AM
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We recently had this issue with our 7 year old Doberman Pinscher. She suddenly started wobbling in her back legs and progressively worsened to the point that she could not stand. (she had no symptoms that morning when we left for work) We took her to the local vet (one that we didn't use on a regular basis as our vet is located out of town) and she was diagnosed with inter-vertebral disc disease which meant the she had a herniated disc that was causing spinal cord compression. You mentioned in your original posted that they did xrays, however often times plain view xrays won't show these types of injuries. Our vet immediately stated that our little girl needed surgery which was $3000-$5000 minimal, with no guaranteed outcome, they said that they would definitely need to do an MRI prior to surgery to confirm their suspicion. We opted to try the medication for several days before moving forward with surgical treatment as we do not have the extra funding to be able to pay the up front amount to have the surgery performed. They put her on pain meds and NSAIDS, I asked about the use of a steroid and was told that NSAIDS were the treatment of choice for this type of injury. I'm a registered nurse with Neuro ICU experience and knew that with humans the treatment of choice for this type of injury was steroids. I was reluctant but understood that steroids are more harsh on canine kidneys than humans. However my reluctancy led me to do more research on my own, and actually found that the treatment of choice when they start having actual neurological deficits is indeed high doses of steroid. The following day I contact the vet that we regularly visit who is located out of town, and gave him the scenario of her symptoms and he immediately said, "please tell me they put her on steroids." needless to say we made a trip out of town to his office and by the time we got to there her symptoms had already progressed to the point that she nearly had no movement, and she had lost all of her deep pain response. At this point surgery would not have changed anything. He did say that the outcome may have been different had we treated with a steroid at the first sign of symptoms. So it sounds to me like you are dealing with a similar situation. Please just keep a close eye on her and report any change to your vet immediately. Cheyenne started having vague symptoms on 9/7/16 early afternoon by the noon on 9/8/16 she could not stand or walk without the use of a towel as a sling under her abdomen. By the evening of 9/9 she could not control her bladder. The second vet that we saw (the one that we regularly see) said that often times animals with these types of injuries have to remain on a low dose of steroid indefinitely. I sure hope your little girl is doing better, and that you see improvement with the meds. Our baby was euthanized on 9/10/16, the hardest thing I've done in my life as she was perfectly healthy otherwise. Please note as stated in other posts the vet did instruct us to crate rest with being up only to go to the restroom with no use of stairs etc. We didn't have to do this as she could not ambulate on her own, we were carrying her out to potty on her dog bed and using a towel to sling her hind end to assist her in going to the restroom, her symptoms progressed rather quickly.
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