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Carol Dehm | 7 months ago
I Am Writing To Hopefully Find Some Information As To What Is Happening With My…

I am writing to hopefully find some information as to what is happening with my 11 year old Boxer, Finny. In August 2016 he became weak in his hind end and over a period of two weeks he became completely paralysed. We took him for testing at the University and they couldn’t give us a diagnosis and sent us home with Meloxicam and a sheet of physio exercises. All they could say was either a brain tumour or an abnormally presenting FCE. We managed to get him on his feet again over a six week period. He had Dexapent injection for 5 days and then we did physio at home and he had acupuncture, laser therapy and Traumeel. He has done pretty well since then with only slight defcit in his right side and he weakens over time, but when he has his acupuncture etc, he picks up again. Moving forward this last week. He has had 3 very strange episodes, all around 2pm. He starts panting and then when he tries to get up he can’t use his back legs.We have taken him to the vet each time and they did do xrays and blood tests but have no clue as to the cause. This issue has resolved each time without treatment within 2-4 hours and he can walk again. He is on Meloxicam,Tramadol and Valium. If anyone has any clues to help or has experienced this with their dog we would really appreciate the advice.

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Did they check for wobbler’s? Have you talked with an ortho specialist?

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I agree with Laura. It is time for another specialist. I also would ask about cardiology. I’m sorry that this is so frustrating. It can be a long arduous process to find the diagnosis but it is out there. I’m sure they are going to talk to you about a CT scan. It might be time to consider it. Start with a neurologist. Ask about cardio. And go from there. Please let us know what they say.

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Hello, I’m sorry but I still don’t know enough about your dog or your case to offer much advice. I will say that anytime I get a weird case I strip the pet of as many medications as I can so I can get a “clean” assessment. I am not a fan of tramadol. I rarely use it. Valium is only used for anxiety or seizures. The rest I can’t comment on because I just don’t know your pup. Keep a journal and give detailed descriptions of everything. Sometimes this offers helpful insight. And don’t hesitate to go back to… Read more »

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Tina Brown | 7 months ago
My Dauchshund Was Examined Yesterday He Had Rear Leg Paralysis But Now He Won’t Eat…

My dauchshund was examined yesterday he had rear leg paralysis but now he won’t eat and I can’t get him to take pills I’m all worried that because he isn’t eating the pills will make him sick please help

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Hello@
Sorry about your dog. First thing, I would definitely let the vet know that he is refusing to eat. I would also try to entice him with a few favorites… treats, cheese, ham, hot dog pieces. If he still isn’t interested, maybe try boiled chicken and rice as it is bland but tasty (at least my dogs fins it tasty). This way if his stomach is the issue, the bland food may help. But I would still let the vet know abut the loss of appetite. Hoe this helps.

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Hello.
I agree with Sarah. There is something going on. Your dog needs to see the vet again ASAP.

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Tina Brown,
How is your dog? I also have a dachshund. She has back issues & went limp before due to a disc pressing on her spine. Try putting her medicine in a piece of cheese that’s how I get my dachshund to take her meds. Best of luck with your dachshund..

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Emma Bugden | 7 months ago
Hi, My Beloved 12 Year Old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chloe, Has A Slipped Disc And Has…

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My beloved 12 year old Staffordshire bull terrier, Chloe, has a slipped disc and has partial paralysis in her back legs. She has several other areas of old damage and am told she has IVDD. We have had her on crate rest for the past 12 days but it is breaking my heart as I do not think she is improving much at all. She is on steriods and painkillers and we have carried her to and from toilet breaks but she is still “knuckling” her back legs and not correcting it and is very unsteady and lost her confidence. She is still going to toilet regularly and wagging her tails when she has cuddles but I am so scared and sad and unsure if she will get better and when we will know. Any advice or shared experiences would be so appreciated. I am a doggy mummy going crazy with worry for my baby girl.
Emma xx

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Hello,
There are multiple options available. My first place to start is with a veterinary neurologist that you trust (or your vet does). Also ask about things like acupuncture and even doggie daycare with a friend or person who is familiar with cases like this. In my experience the parents need a break and need help feeling like they aren’t alone especially as they feel overwhelmed. There are also places like Dodgers list http://www.dodgerslist.com/

I hope this helps. And I wish you all the best of luck

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Lisa Crabtree | 9 months ago
Dear Dr. Magnifico,I’m Writing To You About My 19-year-old Cat, Molly Who Was Recently…

Dear Dr. Magnifico,

I’m writing to you about my 19-year-old cat, Molly who was recently diagnosed with FCE or IVDD. I have a few questions which I hope you can answer for me.

Two weeks ago tonight, I left home for a few hours. Molly was fine when I left. When I got home, I found Molly under the bed with her back legs paralyzed. Although Molly was paralyzed, she did not appear to be in pain. Molly has always had a strong appetite. I fed her canned cat food through the night by slipping it under the bed. She ate normally.

I took Molly to her vet on Thursday morning. The vet did an xray and said that she thought Molly had either FCE or IVDD. Molly had no movement in her back legs, but she did have deep pain sensation in both back paws. The vet told me that if Molly had FCE, then she had a 25% chance of recovering significant leg movement within 2-3 days. If after 2-3 days she still hadn’t recovered any use of her legs, the chances that she would ever recover decreased to 10%. The vet said that if Molly had IVDD (which is the diagnosis she was leaning toward) then she had no chance of recovery of function in her legs. The vet recommended waiting until the following Monday to give Molly a chance to recover some leg function. If she didn’t show signs of recovery by Monday, she recommended euthanizing her. The vet gave me a prescription for prednisolone and gabapentin and I brought Molly in to the office 3 days in a row (Thurs. Fri. and Sat.) for a laser treatment.

Between Thursday and Monday, I did some reading and watched some YouTube videos about FCE and IVDD. What I learned appeared to be at odds with what the vet told me. There is a YouTube video showing physical therapy exercises one man did with his dog who has FCE. This man’s dog was paralyzed for 2 months. In the third month, the dog began to walk again. I watched every video you made about Hank and his recovery from IVDD. Hank appeared to be in worse shape than Molly was in the beginning. Molly lost back leg function, but her front legs were fine.

On Monday, I told Molly’s vet that based on what I’d learned about FCE and IVDD, I was planning to give Molly more time to recover. The vet said that she was very skeptical about Molly’s chances of recovery but it was my choice. She recommended that I continue to bring Molly in for laser treatments. Other than that, she gave me no advice or guidance on how to help Molly.

Molly has other health issues. She was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism at age 14. It’s been under control with methimazole since her diagnosis. She was diagnosed with kidney disease at age 17. Her kidney values have remained stable since her diagnosis. Also at age 17, she was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Her blood pressure has remained normal since she began taking a small dose of amlodipine daily. So, Molly has some health problems, but everything was under control with medication.

Since the time that Molly was diagnosed with kidney disease 2 years ago, she has used the litter box frequently – about every 2 hours. She eats a lot of canned food and drinks a lot of water. The vet has said that she’s not dehydrated. I give Molly a potassium supplement and B12.

Molly seems to feel good. Her appetite has remained normal. She is alert and affectionate – she has continued to be this way since developing paralysis two weeks ago.

Right after Molly’s paralysis, I thought I saw some small movement in her back legs. Two weeks later, I see some unmistakable movement now in both hind legs. But the movement I’m seeing is far from normal movement. On Christmas Day, I made a video which I uploaded to YouTube of some of the movement I’m seeing in Molly’s legs. I’d like to know if this movement is a step toward Molly recovering her leg function or not.

Molly Saying Hello – 19 seconds – Dec. 24, 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDf0NvJnA4M

Molly Leg Movement – 3:30 seconds – Christmas Day – In addition to the movement seen in the video, I’ve seen Molly stretch her leg backward and curl the toes of both feet on multiple occasions.

In the very beginning, when the vet said Molly’s condition might be FCE, I found a YouTube video on physical therapy for FCE (https://youtu.be/T_l_OWRT0ck). It was basically moving the affected leg in a bicycle motion 25 times 4 times a day. I did that with Molly for a few days. I did it very slowly and gently. It didn’t cause Molly any pain (she often fell asleep as I did it). After I started thinking it was more likely that Molly has IVDD, I became concerned the PT exercises were the wrong thing to do and almost discontinued doing them. Now, I wonder if that was a mistake because Molly’s legs have become much stiffer than they were in the beginning. I can no longer do these exercises with Molly because of the stiffness in her legs.

I just need some guidance about how well or badly Molly is doing and what to do to help her recover going forward. I plan to continue working with Molly’s current vet but would like input from someone knowledgeable about IVDD.

Thank you so much for sharing your opinion and thank you for the wonderful, helpful videos on IVDD. I wish I lived near your clinic because Molly would be your patient tomorrow if I lived near you.

With appreciation,

Lisa Crabtree

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Hello Lisa, Wow. This is an impressive and interesting case! Here’s my honest advice. Go to a vet who specializes in feline medicine. My impression is that this isn’t IVDD as it doesn’t seem to be associated with pain or the typical presentation. I would be more inclined to hunk it is related to the high blood pressure and might be a thromboembolism. She would need more tests done to diagnose this. I also think that a consult with a neurologist might be hugely helpful. Lastly, and most importantly, your cat is your decision. If she is happy and you… Read more »

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Kathy Kappler | 9 months ago
Cervical IVDD-long Term Recovery Without Surgery.Our 6yr Old Doxie Is Dealing With IVDD But…

Cervical IVDD-long term recovery without surgery.

Our 6yr old doxie is dealing with IVDD but hers is cervical. We have been dealing with her treatment conservatively and medicated with meloxicam, tramadol and gabapentin. She is now having issues with her left front paw and the “drunk” walk. We saw neurologist this week and right now we cannot afford the $5500 surgery. The neurologist is changing her meds from meloxicam to prednisone but have to have her off meloxicam for 2 weeks before we can start the prednisone. I understand the meloxicam needs to clear out but it is really 2 weeks? I have read so much on IVDD and am aware of the benefits of surgery but at this time the funds are just not available but May have the funds in a month or so. With cervical IVDD I wondered what long term looks like without surgery. Dogs that have it in lower spine lose mobility in their back legs but what happens with cervical? She’s having issues with her left front paw and it looks like her back leg a bit as well. I’m trying to stay positive and most cases I’ve read about with paralysis are when the issue is in lower spine not cervical. I’d like to get her on prednisone as soon as possible which is why I ask about the 2 weeks the neurologist said to wait. And trying to understand what her future may look like without surgery.

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Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your pup. This is a question for the neurologist or your vet. I don’t know enough about your pup to interject. In extreme cases I have allowed a three day washout but your case might have extenuating circumstances that indicate a longer period. Call and ask. Yor vet is the one to help your pup. I wish you all the best.

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James Mullen | 9 months ago
My 11 Year Old Lab Was Diagnosed With IVDD. He Is Experiencing Paralyses In…

My 11 year old lab was diagnosed with IVDD. He is experiencing paralyses in his right leg, which he has had arthritis in for a few years now. My parents are seriously considering putting him down, and I have been scouring the internet trying to find hope. Is there any advice as to what steps I can take, what products I can buy, or what exercises/massages I can do with him to try and prolong his life with a good quality of life. Any help is extremely appreciated.

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Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your dog and your dilemma. First I think it is imperative to say that you should never lose hope. Once you lose that there is nothing left. Second the only real helpful advice I can give is to have the vet you trust look at your dog to give you meaningful and helpful direction. Somenof thse guys take a long time to improve. Some don’t. But the longer you wait and the more reluctant the parents are to get help the worse the prognosis is. I hope this helps. And I wish you both… Read more »

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watch Krista”s many great vids on utube re this topic. and get to work ! there is much to hope for success. I am currently dealing with an acute episode of this with my 15 yr old guy who was an athlete dog right up to the crisis. we are doing the non surgical rest and minimal drug route until stable – then will add acupunture and perhaps chiropractic.

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watch Krista”s many great vids on utube re this topic. and get to work ! there is much to hope for success. I am currently dealing with an acute episode of this with my 15 yr old guy who was an athete dog right up to the crisis. we are doing the non surgical rest and minimal drug route until stable – then will add acupunture and perhaps chiropractic.

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Cheyenne Woods | 10 months ago
My Dachshund Is 4 Years Old And About 8 Months Ago Was Diagnosed With Disc…

My dachshund is 4 years old and about 8 months ago was diagnosed with disc disease. Yesterday she got paralysis and stopped using her hind legs completely. The vet gave her anti-inflammatories, pain meds, and a laser treatment. It cost me $250 for all that and the visit yesterday. They told me to call the neurologist because surgery is my best bet if I want her to walk again. I’m sure the MRI alone is going to cost lot and the surgery of Fortune. But I watched one of your videos and you rehabilitating a beagle who had paralysis. What can I do? Is there hope for my Zoey?

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Hello. Im sorry to hear about your dog. Regardless of which treatment method you chose you should talk to your vet about your abilities financial and physical and decide which treatment plan is right for you. They will assist you with whichever you chose by both take time, patience and a lot of dedication. I can’t tell you which is best but you have to be openand honest. If you cannot afford an mri and surgery chose conservative and move on with a plan for your pups best chance at recovery. It is a long road and you will need… Read more »

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Sarina Labate | 10 months ago
My Lab Is 12yrs Old. He Has Laryngeal Paralysis . Is It Worth…

My lab is 12yrs old. He has laryngeal paralysis . Is it worth putting him thru Surgery.

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Hello. I’m so sorry bout your dog. I think a serious conversation with your vet is in the cards. They know your dog best, and will be better able to give you an idea of how your dog would do. Myself, personally? At first, my logical self would say that the dog is too old to go through the ordeal. However, having an elderly dog, I might change that answer. Best of luck.

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Every client that I have had who did the surgery was happy to have done it afterwards. In my opinion if your dog is severe enough to warrant surgery, you have access to a good surgeon who had experience doing it, and you can afford it I say YES! They are much happier and comfortable after. Good luck. And ps this surgery is always done on old labs. So don’t let age or breed be the discouraging factor. Hope this helps. And hope your pup is ok.

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Ck Lee | 11 months ago
IVDD; My 7lbs 4 1/2 Yr Maltese Was Recently Diagnosed With IVDD. After 9days Of…

IVDD; my 7lbs 4 1/2 yr Maltese was recently diagnosed with IVDD. After 9days of conservative tx, we are already seeing improvement and she is able to stand and walk again. She had 3 lame legs-paresis/weakness and deep pain sensation but could not walk and was in excruciating pain-still in moderate pain. Just wondering how many acute episodes of disc ruptured has your dog had after the 1st episode after your dog was 1st diagnosed? I read a sad statistics in a vet medicine journal that even after 1st surgery and recovery; 50% of dogs diagnosed with IVDD are euthanized secondary to subsequent acute painful episodes and paralysis. That’s a high rate! Just trying to prepare ourselves as to what to expect in the future. Any studies done on IVDD and how many episodes they have in their average life span. They do have over 20+ vertebrae that could each degenerate and pinch the spinal cord again right?

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Hi! I am glad that you are seeing improvement with your pup. My beagle, Abbie, had a ruptured disk in her neck when she was 12 years old. She underwent surgery during which the neurosurgeon repaired the ruptured disk and also cleaned out the other discs in her neck, thus reducing the chances of getting another rupture in her neck. Unfortunately, Abbie had a partially ruptured disc in her lower spine which gradually caused more and more pain. Due to her advancing age, we opted not to do another surgical repair. I tried all alternative treatments available and many different… Read more »

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Hello! I think many people euthanize because they cannot adequately care for their dog with such a dabilating disease, or they getvfrustrated the process of recovery takes so long, or they don’t want to care for a paralyzed pet. Do I believe that 50% of these pets warrant euthanasia. No! But it can be a big toll on parents emotionally and financially and many can’t manage the recovery. I wish you guys the best. And remember that some dogs don’t ever recover 100% but that doesn’t mean they still don’t have a life left to live, even if it isn’t… Read more »

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Nicole Pigram | 1 year ago
PLEASE HELP! My Dog Lost The Ability To Use His Back Legs On Sunday…

PLEASE HELP! My dog lost the ability to use his back legs on Sunday. I took him to a vet immediately to get help and he thought that it was a compressed disc and put him on steroids and pain med hoping that it would get better. On Wednesday it had not gotten any better and the vet suggested surgery. I took him to a hospital for surgery but when they did an MRI, the did not see a compressed disc. They did say that there were some spots on the spinal cord that were bright on the MRI and they should be dark. They have tested him for many different things and given him a sonogram but everything has come back negative so far. He lost his bladder function so they think he may have a UTI but nothing else so far. Right now they are testing him for Cryptococcosis and other fungal issues. Kingston (miniature poodle mix) has still not moved his back legs and tail. I had to leave him at the ER today to go back home (3 hours away) but will be going back soon. Any ideas about this? Please help, I’m desperate! I want my baby to walk again. He is only 4 and still has so much life to live.

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Jana Rade
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Hi Nicole; so sorry about your baby. You have done everything that needed to be done. It does sound possible there can be an infection. Sounds like your baby is in competent hands; see what the tests show. ❤️

Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
If you are under the care of a neurologist I would keep asking them for help in understanding your pets condition and options. If you are not under the care of a neurologist ask to be referred to one.