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This came about on christmas eve.(it is now st.stephens day) he has had a problem with one of his eyes,where he has lost the sight in it over the past 6 months. Both our vet and the eye specialist can't understand why this is. He now has to pee himself and poo as he cannot walk at all. We brought him to the vet today,as we felt the only fair thing for this beautiful creature in our lives was to have him put down,much to our absolute horror and upset,he just seemed so miserable.However, the vet wanted to give him a chance as he is only 2 years old and we wanted this also. so she has put him on steroids to help with the hind legs,so that perhaps in a couple of days he will walk again. we hope. im just wondering has anyone ever had similiar things happen to their beloved pets?he's a weirmeraner. we have had 4 of these dogs. if anyone has heard of anything like this hapening or knows of anything,i would love love love some help!!
 

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My dog (Family dog-Mandy) has had similar symptoms twice. Once was a cerebellar brain tumor-diagnosed too late to eradicate but we were able to treat. The second time (we thought it was back) was an ear infection.

The best thing to do is to really do some testing. If your vet isn't comfy -you need to find a specialist-and your vet should be cool with helping you do so.

As crio said this could be a tumor-it could also be numerous diseases and even spine problems.

So MRI, CAT scans, blood testing, fecal testing-the whole works. IF you want to treat-it's totally up to you. What you can afford, what you are willing to put the dog through-this is up to you not the vet. And it's a personal decision.

If you'd like-you can pm me for my vet's info-she could certainly consult your vet if your vet is interested. She has a neuro-dog herself and is very experienced with these kind of mystery symptoms. She's also very savvy and if she couldn't help would be able to assist your vet in finding help.

I'd like to say when I first heard my dog had a tumor and we'd be doing radiation (which included her living away for over a month, staying with vet students overnight and daily treatment) I was very upset. And then I heard it would not eradicate the tumor but only increase her life. I was really against it.

However, Mandy love it-she loved the vet students (she loves young adults the most) she did fine with treatment, they phoned us everyday, they dressed her up as a vet for halloween and fed-ex'd us photo's, she goes to visit them once a year at least. AND The treatment was said to give us 2 months to two years-and it's been over three years. So I was very surprised and pleased with it. And if and when it comes back, we will serioulsy consider a second round of treatment.

So there are options-if you choose-and like I said-that's a personal decision.

If I may make a few suggestions.

Vetbed (aka faux sheepskin) for bedding-it wicks fluid and helps keep them dry. Underneath-puppy pads. And also doggie diapers may be a good route.
If he's completely disabled with no hind end use-there are doggie wheelchairs too. :)
 
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