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HELP: Suddenly my dog can't walk

Discussion in 'Dog Health issues and questions' started by bop109, Jun 10, 2007.

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  1. bop109

    bop109 Boxer Booster

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    We woke up this morning to my oldest boxer (6 yrs) not being able to use her back legs. She can't get up and she has to have our support just to stand. It looks like it may just be one of her hind legs. Our youngest boxer (2 yrs) is also limping around and is having trouble standing. Our guess is that when they were playing they strained something, but it's weird that both of them are having problems. Any ideas??? We are taking them to the vet, but just wanted to get feedback from others. I appreciate the help.
     
  2. Biff

    Biff Boxer Insane

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    Is it possible they could both have eaten something? I just find it very strange they are both limping. Please get them to the vets asap and let us know how you get on
     
  3. maggiesmum

    maggiesmum Boxer Pal

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    Oh my goodness! We had a similar incident with our first boxer when he was 8 years old. He had a recurring problem with his anal glands so we were on our way to the vet and he jumped out of the back of our Durango and he yelped a little bit but we thought his bum was hurting so we didn't think much about it at the time. Well the vet expressed his glands and we went home. Everything seemed fine until the next morning when he was totally paralyzed at his hind legs. We were sooo scared. We called the vet and he came to our house on a Sunday morning and gave him some shots and took him to his office. I know this is long but they kept him and took xrays and ran tests to reveal that he had calcification(calcium build up) between his vertebraes and I guess he aggravated some of it when he jumped out of my truck. They treated him with steroid shots and prednisone pills. The vet suggested we take him home after a couple of days because he was so homesick but he was still paralyzed. I took off work and took care of him for almost a week. We used a rolled up bath towel to hold up his back end to help him go to the bathroom outside. Not an easy task considering he weighed 85 lbs at the time. Eventually after a month or more he slowly regained his use of his hind legs and he lived a pretty normal life for another year until he got sick and we had to let him go to doggie heaven. Once he was better he was not allowed to jump or use stairs so we built him a ramp to go out in the backyard. Sorry such a long reply. Please keep us posted on your baby.
     
  4. BostonMommie

    BostonMommie Boxer Pal

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    I saw something on the E-Vet Interns show (on Animal Planet) where this Chow came into contact with raccoon saliva. And there is apparently something in raccoon saliva that causes temporary paralysis. I can't remember the exact name of the condition. It's Coonhound something or other. Do you live around anywhere that they could have come into contact with wild raccoons at all??
     
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    boxerloverbp Boxer Buddy

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    I saw the E-vet interns show too and that is immediately what I thought of when I read your post. I googled it and found an article that has some more information that might help you to figure out if that's what may be wrong with your babies. Here is the link: http://www.bobmckee.com/Client Info/Neurology/Polyradiculoneuritis.html

    Good luck and I hope your babies get better soon.
     
  6. New Mom

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    Are ticks and lyme disease an issue where you live? When I lived in NY, that happened to a friend's rottie and it turned out to be lyme disease. She was treated for that with antibiotics and was fine.

    Marilyn
     
  7. MomofMillie

    MomofMillie Boxer Booster

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    I had a border collie and this happened to him as well. It was tick related (lyme disease), they treated him and he was fine after that.
     
  8. liamsmom

    liamsmom Super Boxer

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    how are they????????
     
  9. WeasleRocky

    WeasleRocky Completely Boxer Crazy

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    hoping they are fine, give us an update when possible...
     
  10. Baileysmom

    Baileysmom Boxer Insane

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    How are they?
     
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