Hello everyone, I have been looking online for some info about voluntary versus involuntary muscle movement in dogs. My son let my rat terrier, Jelly Bean, out before I got home from work and she for some reason ran into the road,(she rarely went by the road when I was outside with her), was rolled under a 4 wheeler and sustained a back injury. Her vet said her back is not broken, but she does have spinal fluid leaking from a vertebrae. This happened last Tuesday, and she was in the hospital for two days, then sent home with no movement in her back legs or tail, and she is incontentint. I am willing to care for her, as I love her very much, she is 6 years old and my baby. This morning I noticed her tail moving, and was very excited until I realized she was having a BM. Her tail has not moved since. I just don't know what to look for, as the vet told me that she could recover, or not, and it could take days, weeks or months. I am devestated over this, as she was so active, and is still young. Any information would be helpful, as I can't seem to find anything on my searches on the internet. Thank you.
Thank you very much for your reply. I cannot tell you how nice it is to come to a website that is so friendly and welcoming. When I read the summary under this forum's name, I was under the impression it was a place to hear from others about their experiences. I was mistaken. Good by.
I would keep her as immobile as possible, as it sounds like your vet is hoping it was temporary nerve damage. Nerves regenerate, so the hope is that if it was pinched or damaged, it will repair. If not, it could be permanent. There is hope that her back legs moved with a bowel movement though. It there were permanent damage or severed, the messages would not be moving through the nerves. How much are you willing to spend to find out?
I have not experienced this and we are not veterinarians. This is a very unique, specific injury and unless we were DVM surgeons, I don't know how we would know more than a veterinary surgeon. When I had a pup with a heart murmur, I did not just go to one vet, I went to 2 vets, a veterinary surgeon and Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital. $700 later and a 16 hour drive, we got our answers. Unless your vet is a specialty surgeon in back trauma, you may not get an accurate answer, and we are not the DR. HOUSE of veterinary care.
Depending on where you live, look for a teaching hospital. You will get specialty care at a fraction of the cost. It is worth a drive.
He is your friend, partner, defender, your dog. You are his life, love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion.
My reply was not meant to be unfriendly so if it came across that way I am sorry. But honestly that is what I would be doing. Back injury's that are already having signs of the hindend not moving are no joke and shouldn't be sat on for days, weeks or months to see if it will get better on it's own. Depending on what is causing the issue permanent back paralysis can occur in just a couple of days.
I just don't believe that pet forums or the internet are the best way, for some things, to gather serious medical advice. I didn't mean to come across chastizing or critical. It is my honest belief that you and your dog would be better off seeking the advice of a specialist.
***Edited By: scout1 on 8/11/2010 5:35:15 AM*** Reason: .
I have to agree with Scout. Back injuries can be very serious, and this one obviously is. Why would you even go online where you can not only get bad advice, but you could get advice that would actually do further damage from people who don't even know what they are talking about? Why take the risk? If you're REALLY concerned, go to another vet and get a 2nd opinion or go to a specialist.