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Boxer Suddenly Can't Use Back Legs

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  1. tesster

    tesster Boxer Insane

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    Hi everyone. I'm hoping you can help with some ideas as to what might cause my parents' 9 year old boxer to suddenly be unable to use her back legs. She is in very apparent pain and does not want to get up at all. She even, they think, urinated on the sofa where she was laying all day. She has never had an accident.

    They can get her to stand, but she really does not want to walk at all on her back legs. She's had a similar episode a few months back after playing at the farm and running around all day. The next day she wasn't eagar to move around, but then she was fine. This time, there was nothing that seemed to have caused it.

    We're really concerned. They're taking her to the vet today. What might it be? Arthritis? Hip displaysia would have onset much earlier in her life, don't you think? :(
     
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    Oooh. I'm afraid I'd guess at something rather a lot more serious than arthritis (except possibly arthritis of the spine - but that wouldn't arrive suddenly). Hip dysplasia should not affect nerves either. If she is losing the ability to control her bladder as well, then you'd have to consider something like a herniated disk in the spine that's affecting nerves as well as bone/cartillage. Well, that's just one possibility and a guess - but I would not be confident that that's a minor and easily corrected problem.
     
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    Donna1969 Boxer Insane

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    normally hip dysplasia and arthritis

    tend to show up gradually and getting worse over time, well from my experiences thats how it went. I would have to agree with gmacleod, its probably some more than that. Wishing you the best of news. Do keep us posted on what the vet says.
     
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    tesster Boxer Insane

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    :( I sure hope you guys are wrong (for once)! She has gotten slower over the last few months. She hesitates to jump on things and always hesitates on stairs, etc. I forgot to mention that before.

    Gwyneth, how do they diagnose things like you suspect? X-rays? If she's calm, do they have to put her under general anestetic to do so?

    Thanks,
    Julie
     
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    Possible an MRI to diagnose soft tissue. Might just be some inflammation pressing on a nerve. Sounds like an injury if it came on suddenly.
     
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    Dislocated disk (?)

    Hi, the same thing happened to a cocker spaniel i used to have when i was younger. He was fine the night before, then the next morning, couldnt walk on his two back legs. My parents took him to the vet and they told us that he had a dislocated disk in his spine. This was a long time ago, but from what I can remember, they gave us the option of doing surgery (very expensive) or taking some meds which they said could or could not work. I decided on the meds because my parents were on a budget and to my pleasant surprise, he recorved rather quickly and in a couple of weeks he could function like before. You just have to be extremelly patient and caring for a couple of weeks... and like I did, just ignored the annoying neighboor's kids who made fun of me because I was 'carrying a dog that could walk on his own'. I wish you the best of luck w/your baby :)
     
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    gmacleod Elusive Moderator Staff Member

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    I hope I'm way wrong too. And probably am - it's just one possibility.

    General anasthetic and myelography (an x-ray of the spinal canal taken after a special dye is injected). It is not without risk of it's own. http://www.vmth.ucdavis.edu/vmth/clientinfo/info/neuro/myelogram.html
     
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    Shadow gradually lost the control of his back legs (he had degenerative mylopathy). It was so sad to watch. He went from slipping ocassionally in late February to not being able to walk or wiggle his little nub in late July.

    He never cried in pain (but we had him on medication for arthritis), but he did fuss a lot. We think he was uncomfortable and it bothered him to not be able to move to where he wanted to go.

    Hope your parent's baby is okay.
     
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    tesster Boxer Insane

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    The vet suspects arthritis, but isn't sure where it is, from what I gathered. They have other problems, so it was hard to get much information. One of their horses has colic which, apparently, is potentially fatal in horses. :( So, they're tending to him as well.

    The said that the treatment for the two things she's suspecting in Reno (the boxer) is the same, so she's put her on an anti-inflammatory/pain reliever and is hoping things will get better. I'm sorry I don't have better information. They're trying to save the horse at the moment.

    Thanks for all your replies. I'll keep you updated.

    Julie
     
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