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Old 12-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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She is in a crate 24/7. We had her in a play pen basically. It was made for dogs. But she would push it around our apartment with her nose and ended up with a cut. So she's back in her crate. She wasn't completely trained before the injury bc she's so young it wasn't mastered yet. She was 4 months when it happened.
It's hard to tell if she's incontinent bc she's so excited every time we take her out she pees. And she's going into heat right now (of course it would happen right now...some bad luck) and when we pick her up to go potty (bc we use the puppy training pads) we have to hold her by her stomach to stabilize her spine. Which ends up pushing on her bladder.
We have to wash her at least once a day and it's very hard to keep her still and it's very hard bc we only have a stand up shower.


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Old 12-03-2012, 09:42 AM   #22 (permalink)
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This crate rest thing is a real pain in the you-know what. We had a hound who went off his back legs when he was 8, with spondylitis. Luckily at the time we had a pen which we used for older puppies we were running on, or recovering patients, so he wasn't actually in a crate but had a slightly raised dog bed, and newspaper on the floor in front so if he had the need, he could just about get off his bed and onto the newspaper. Slightly different as he was older and house-trained even if it was so hard getting him out, with a sling - he was at least 80 lbs at the time. Eventually he got up (long story).

Leaving the crating aside, I have two suggestions for ongoing care -
1. Have you considered finding somebody to do acupuncture - a vet who does alternative medicine? We have one here who had early growth problems (big boy, too much too fast, wrong diet) and two courses of this help him no end
2. Can you locate a hydrotherapy pool because this may well help with muscle tone while you can't allow her to move around?
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Old 12-03-2012, 11:42 AM   #23 (permalink)
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You could try doggy diapers.


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Old 12-03-2012, 12:36 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Our eldest was paralysed from behind his shoulders after a horrible attack on lead. ended up at the orthopaedic specialist, diagnosis was a ruptured disc into his spinal column & given 7/8 weeks to see if he would stand again. I realise this is not an option for you as we left him there, it was a horrible/traumatic decision but another hound & on my own for long periods could not cope with his 33 kilos. Bless him he was found standing one day & then discharged sooner than planned for bad behaviour, he bayed every time he was left. After care was long, slow & very emotional, let alone keeping the two apart, so I feel for you. Then again last summer after a preamble around the block, he was obliviously having problems, his pain threshold is awesome, two months & two anti inflammatories , another whopper of a slipped disc, diagnosed back at the specialist by MRI. Which has left him rather light footed on his rear right, having sustained nerve damage, he now has the nick name Lazarus! He's not at all over weight, never has been, if anything people will stop be to say he's under weight but he's a very long dog.
Don't give up, it's a one hell of an emotional ride, & keep her quiet. Pain relief is a double edged sword - well it was for us - as he could obviously manage but if given pain relief he was up & running & that's not what you want. Good luck.
Before I'm called callous for leaving him with the specialist, knew the practise & specialist from previous problems with another dog & couldn't think of anywhere better for him to be. Even now if have problems he's at the end of the phone & would willingly drive the 4/5 hours to get there. Again good luck
Hydro therapy is fantastic but would get the O.K. from your vet first.
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Old 12-03-2012, 12:43 PM   #25 (permalink)
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I am going to get the doggie diapers for sure. I'm just nervous that she can't control her bathroom needs. And I know that makes this a much bigger problem. The hydrotherapy is such a good idea. Thank you so much. We will definitely look into that.


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Old 12-04-2012, 05:46 AM   #26 (permalink)
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I'd take her to your vet - don't know if you're seeing a neurologist?
Keep in mind that if she's on steroids they'll make her thirsty so she's probably drinking more and peeing more. Some girls go more when they are in heat. Also wondering if she might have a UTI - we were told to watch out for this. And some dogs - especially pups pee from just excitement.
Like Frank's Mum suggested acupuncture really does work and it can be done at any point of recovery or rehabilitation. Our vet referred us to one that did house calls so we didn't need to do stressy vet visit. I hope she's getting better-
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:58 PM   #27 (permalink)
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It's hard to tell if she's incontinent bc she's so excited every time we take her out she pees
if it is not leak out at other times given her age it is much more likely excitement urination.
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Old 12-06-2012, 12:26 AM   #28 (permalink)
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It's just like every time I look over there's more pee haha definitely alot more since she's been in heat. I haven't looked up the acupuncture yet but I definitely will! We're also going to set up another appointment for a second opinion.

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Thanks for keeping us in your thoughts! You guys are so helpful!


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Old 12-27-2012, 11:45 PM   #29 (permalink)
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yes complete bed rest and some good syrup will surely help a lot in getting the fast recovery for your dog......
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Old 12-31-2012, 12:50 AM   #30 (permalink)
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Syrup?


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