Woke Up to Find My Dog Paralyzed

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    Feb 05, 2013 11:09 PM GMT
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    I took this photo Sunday morning, not realizing the little guy was paralyzed. Something in his spine gave way during the night that left him unable to move his hind legs. I called the vet who met us at his clinic, did x-rays and blood work. All his blood work was normal, but apparently his spinal cord has deteriorated to the point where he can't walk or stand. I'm absolutely devastated. And yes, everyone here who knows me is aware that I'm one of those crazy dog people who loves dogs just as much as humans. Right now, I regret I'm one of those people, because it's killing me to see him like this. But I'm not going to be one of those selfish people who drags around a half dead dog because I can't let them go either. He doesn't seem to be in any pain, but I can clearly tell he's depressed about not being able to walk. He's on steroids right now to see if they will relieve enough swelling to allow him to walk, but it really doesn't look good. I have some very tough decisions to make in the coming week.
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    Feb 05, 2013 11:10 PM GMT
    aaooooohhhhhhghhhghghghhghghhgh. that is so sad. im sorry.... what is the device he is in?icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 05, 2013 11:13 PM GMT
    It's his infrared machine. (AKA - the doggie toaster). The heat penetrates the muscle tissue to help with his arthritis. I put him in it every morning and night, then give him a massage to help keep him limber.
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    Feb 05, 2013 11:31 PM GMT
    Damn bud, I'm so sorry. I lost my big guy last December to lymphoma. Up until the weekend before I had to let him go, he was full of energy and then rapidly declined. I feel your pain, I miss my boy and think about him everyday. He was one of a kind. Hugs.
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    Feb 05, 2013 11:33 PM GMT
    Oh, so sorry.

    I've had a couple go down with tick paralysis, and once you remove the ticks, they come right back. Although by then, they usually need to be treated for sunstroke and dehydration.
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    Feb 05, 2013 11:38 PM GMT
    Ohhhhhh- that's soooo damn sad, sincerely =[ !!

    Really sorry to hear that. I love my pets like children, so I can empathise completely.

    I hope that whatever you decide to do at this point, the rest of his life, no matter how long or limited it may be at this juncture, is as full of love and free of distress as it possibly can be. I know other mammals are sentient enough to genuinely appreciate that from us.

    Do try to remove the considerations to your own (understandable) emotions from your decision process on how to proceed for you dog (don't know his name), as hard as that will obviously be.

    It must feel like a terribly helpless and painful scenario for you to watch your dog like this. I feel for you and the little guy both. Honestly.

    How lucky he is and has been to have somebody to care for him as much as you clearly do. I'm sure he has returned that back tenfold throughout his life.

    All the best.
  • HottJoe

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    Feb 05, 2013 11:53 PM GMT
    Oh, that's so sad. Poor guy.icon_sad.gif

    He looks so cute in the doggie toaster.

    Hope you're doing okay.
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    Feb 06, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    Really sorry man. It's so hard to see dogs fade. I can relate to you, I've had my dog Kami for almost 14 years now. She suffers from arthritis and a her digestive system is shot. She's lost so much weight and hasn't the energy to get up anymore. We share choices.
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    Feb 06, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    dawwwwww I haz a sad icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 12:19 AM GMT
    I'm very sorry to hear about your dog. It's a tough decision to have to make. I've been down that road myself several times, and it never gets any easier. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 12:21 AM GMT
    I am so sorry.
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    Feb 06, 2013 1:03 AM GMT
    oh god .... this was way to sad....I'm so sorry..I hope he gets better and the steroids help icon_cry.gif
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:11 AM GMT
    Ah Sscruffy, this happened to our Roger. He was only 3 and it was in his neck. Within 6 hours he was quadriplegic and then his lungs began to shut down and I'll stop there.

    It's different in your dog's case when they are very young because they can adjust. I highly recommend, if it happens, having his going at home with the vet coming to the house where he's with the sights sounds and smells of home and buddies rather than taking him to a clinic.

    grieving for you guys

    -Doug

    PS fingers crossed for the steroid miracle - I've seen it happen.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:16 AM GMT
    I am GENUINELY sorry Scruffy.

    There are LOTS of good thoughts being sent to You both.

    Be there for Him - no matter what He ALWAYS feels better when He sees You there.

    I truly wish You BOTH the very Best.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:18 AM GMT
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    I hope the steroids work. All the best to you both! he looks sooo cute in the doggy toaster.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:20 AM GMT
    I am glad he has a wonderful friend to see him through this.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    My lord, I teared up, really. For you both.

    Remember you have given him the best life he could EVER have, and you were lucky to have him at your feet and by your side for whatever time you had or are going to have.

    Big hug from me, and a big kiss on his fuzzy face!
  • Apexstud

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    oh man...im so sorry to hear this! One year ago tomorrow, I had to put my shep down, because he could no longer get up and walk, and he was crying and in pain. I would have moved heaven and earth, and spent my last penny and borrowed a million dollars to save him - but he told me (in his own way) that it was okay to let him go.

    If you haven't already - you might consider one of those harnesses that have wheels on them, which basically act as his back legs, and he will navigate with his front legs. That was not an option for me - but maybe for you!

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you both!!

    HUGS!
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:21 AM GMT
    OMG icon_sad.gificon_sad.gificon_sad.gif

    I'm so sorry.
  • sportsjockla

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    Awe, that breaks my heart. I love dogs. Always had one growing up. Seeing your dogs sad face, is just heart wrenching!
  • RaggedyMan

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:22 AM GMT
    I'm so sorry.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:23 AM GMT
    Hope your lil guy comes out all right.

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    I am soooooo sorry Scruffy!!!!

    I wish you and your puppy the best!!!!

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    Feb 06, 2013 2:24 AM GMT
    Oh damn, man... sorry.. words aren't enough. Sending love your way.
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    Feb 06, 2013 2:25 AM GMT
    When growing up, I had a dog that became paralyzed in his hind legs.

    At first he was depressed about not being able to walk, run, and have fun. But I rigged up a homemade redneck device with wheels so he could pull himself along with his front legs. He never was a hunting dog anymore, but he certainly had a happy existence for the next couple years before passing away naturally from old age.

    Moral of the story: Don't put your dog to sleep to ease his depression. Instead, rig up something to make him mobile enough to enjoy the rest of his natural life.

    *hugs* icon_biggrin.gif