I came home yesterday and my 8 year german shepherd could not move her hind legs- When I left for work she was fine. we took her to the vet and they gave her a shot of cortizone and some predizone pills. He said to give it 3 days and if no better then we would have to put her down. What would cause this? The vet said that it had nothing to do with lymes disease or arthritis. Any ideas?
I bed to differ with your vet, yes it can be caused by lymes disease. Also, it can be a reaction to rabies show(rescue poodle went through it). If it is something simple, I would reccommend rest. The vet wanted to put the rescue poodle down, and we just gave him tons of cage rest and he is fine now. He can not be adopted out ever due to not being able to get a rabies, and we don't want to neuter him either due to a possible reaction.
I personally would try a second opinion. I have seen dogs who have lost all function in thier legs get it back with rest. THIS IS AS LONG AS IT IS NOT ANOTHER PROBLEM CAUSING THE CONDITION.
Try the steriods, and make sure the dog is otherwise in complete health. 8yrs is a old age for the shepherd, and he could be just on his final days. I wish you the best of luck, and please seek another vets opinion, as I am not a vet and ONLY speaking from other experiances.
Final note, control of bowel is also a big part. If the dog has lost control of urine and bowel, there is very possibly nothing you can do.
I would definitely give it more than 3 days if possible. Her condition may improve. Some vets say "3 days" because they are afraid the owner will not want to do the nursing care required to give the dog more time, especially with a large dog. The vet should help you if you make it clear you are willing and able to do the nursing care required. If the vet still wants to put the dog down, then it is time to find another vet who will support your wish to care for the dog. I have 2 paralyzed dogs. You can get a lot of information on caring for a paralyzed dog on www.handicappedpets.net.
It could be tick paralysis which if all the ticks are removed the dog can recover. Or it could be a stroke which is probably not recoverable. I lost my eleven year old German Shepherd to a stroke. How is your dog doing?
I love German Shepherds and will always have one with me for the rest of my life!
hi my dogs only 3 and was out on a walk when this happened we went to the vet and they don't know what it could be but she cannot move her hind legs at all if any one know anythink a can do or look up as shes still only young? please let me know??? i know its not a tick... anythink or anyone u know please????
I hope your dog is recovering.. I just wanted to add that my elderly dog had been gradually gettting more and more "lame and wobbly" until one day she simply could not walk without falling over due to rear leg paralysis. I tried NSAIDS and tramadol and cage rest, but her little body was just wearing out and she was simply not happy any more. My vet suspected either a narrowing of her spinal column due to arthritic calcification or a tumor on her spine with the result that a nerve was being pinched (she had no feeling at all in her back extremities). In either case, surgery would have been required, her heart was not strong, and I decided not to put her through the attempt. Since your dog is younger, I would hope that your vet could Xray to see if there is anything that could be improved by surgery... best wishes to you and your pup
I had a dog many years ago that became paralyzed in her back legs. I couldn't believe it because it happened in a day!! I got to thinking about what it could be. I had just put a flea collar on her the day before, I took it off and within 10 hours she was completely fine!! She was being poisoned by the collar.
I have had 2 dogs this has happened to for very different reasons.
First dog was our 16 year old Pharoah hound. She had a stroke last year and it paralyzed her back legs for about a week. She slowly regained the use of her back legs but they remained wobbly. With a stroke there will be other side effects too. It effected her mind and her ablitiy to eat.
Our second dog is a 7 year old labrador. He is prone to getting worms, ever since he was a puppy. He just has a very supressed immune system. When he get intestinal worms it gives him really bad stomach cramps to a point that he can't use his back legs. I deworm him and he is fine again. First few times it happened i ran him to the vet and they found the worms. He is dewormed yearly just like the other dogs, but with him i have to deworm him about 3 to 4 times a year because he is so prone to them.
Maybe your dog ate a toxic weed in the yard. That can cause temporary paralyzis too. We have watch out for certain weeds here in FL as they can paralyz our sheep in a very similar way.
Hope your pup feels better. Make sure he drinks lots, maybe some pedialite in his water to boost his energy and hydration. Wouldn't hurt. That's what we give the injured rescues. It would also help flush out any toxins.
My miniture Poodle was playing with my daughter on saturday and jumped up on the couch to get his ball and yiped. The rest of the day he limped and catered to his hind leg. I massaged his little leg and it seemed to help a bit. I also gave him half of a baby asprin. The next day I woke up and my little guy was dragging his hind legs. The vet gave him cortozone shots and some pills. He told me to let him rest and bring him back in a week. Its the third day and I dont think he has gotten any better. It breaks my heart everytime i sit and pet him.....I just want my playful little pup back!!