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maria | 4 weeks ago
My 8 Year Old Beagle Has A Re-occurrence Of IVDD. He Has Had Surgery In His Lumbar, …

my 8 year old beagle has a re-occurrence of IVDD. He has had surgery in his lumbar, thoracic and cervical areas – all within 2 years. His most recent 2 surgeries were thoracic in June 2019 and cervical in August 2019. He is now displaying symptoms of another disc problem. Help. Surgery is not an option anymore. He moving his back legs but seems to be getting worse. We have confined him but …. I don’t want him to have a life of paralysis. Is there light at the end of the tunnel here if we stick with conservative treatment. He does not appear to be in pain. We have been in contact with our regular vet but he can only do so much. Our neurologist always says the same thing to get an MRI and the MRI is another $2,000. I hate to bring money into this as a factor but I really think this will continue to happen. He lost over 12 pounds, got his harness, restricted his activity. We thought we did the right things. Has anyone had similar experiences. What about a doggie wheelchair. Any thoughts.

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I always tell my clients to never lose hope. Trying to make a decision as to whether or not to proceed is a personal one. I can’t answer it for you and no one else should either. I have known some dogs to do very well with weakness or paralysis. But it takes a dedicated family and lots of TLC. I tell people to give it two to three weeks IF they can manage pain and the care it entails. I hope this helps and I wish you the best.

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Christiana | 1 month ago
I Am So Lost In Caring For My Chihuahua/dachshund Mix. She Was Diagnosed With IVDD …

I am so lost in caring for my Chihuahua/dachshund mix. She was diagnosed with IVDD on Sunday December 15, 2019. Surgery was not an option financially so we opted for conservative treatment combined with acupuncture and the Assisi loop treatments. The one thing I can not get a definitive answer on if she needs to 24/7 cage rest of if letting her rest with us on the couch in the evenings okay. Some blogs says strict cage rest for 8 weeks and only out for potty time while many others suggest other treatment plans. I just want to know if I am hurting my fur baby by letting her rest on the couch with me or not. Since the start of her treatments she has gone from full paralysis in her hind legs and being in continent to being able to walk a little and has full control over her bladder/bowels in just a little over a week!

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Good morning. Dr. Magnifico has a lot of videos posted on YouTube that may be helpful to you. She has a lot of experience with IVDD and has posted blogs about it as well. Don’t give up- especially since your pup is showing improvement. Best of luck to you guys!

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In my opinion it is 24/7 cage rest unless they are in your arms ( while you are awake) or outside going potty. No expeditions. Ever. Because one accidental anything can result in reinjury and loss of any healing you have gained. I hope this helps and I wish you the best of luck.

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Andrew | 2 months ago
We Believe Our 3 Year Old French Bulldog Has IVDD Related Issue Based On The Exam At …

We believe our 3 year old French bulldog has IVDD related issue based on the exam at the emergency vet tonight.

We want to do everything we can as soon as we can. I spoke to a neurologist who said they won’t see him until he is referred by his primary vet. Just within the last 8 hours of this happening it appears he has loss all use of his hind legs. I’m not quite sure if this sign of paralysis or what I should be looking for. He is panting quite a bit from the pain so I’m assuming the paralysis hasn’t kicked in. We were given two prescriptions to follow through with until we can get him into a doctor on Monday. Is this going to be soon enough? We have pet insurance but also want to be sure it will cover the cost of the surgery if needed.

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Hello, In almost all cases you can be referred by any vet you see. So call the ER vat back and ask them to refer you. If they cannot ask for your money back as they are not much help and then find an ER with a specialty referral associated with it. This can be found in almost all large cities and every veterinary teaching hospital. For these cases seeking surgery time is critical. If you are not prepared to have surgery (usually due to cost which in my area is about $7-10,000) talk about starting conservative medical therapy. Good… Read more »

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Dakota | 3 months ago
Pit Bull Mix With Suspected Ivdd. Losing The Mobility In His Hind Legs. Urinating And Defecating …

Pit bull mix with suspected ivdd. Losing the mobility in his hind legs. Urinating and defecating on himself and the only option I was give was a 10,000$ surgery. I just need advice on how to care for my poor dog so that he can have a quality life. I got him when he was 8 weeks old and I was only 16 so we have grown up together I love him to pieces. Please help me!

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Hello, I have a lot of Information on my blog and YouTube channel. Go there. Also a few questions below is the book I recommend. It’s available on Amazon. I also think it is imperative to call the vet who diagnosed you and remind them it is unethical to not provide options to you even if the preferred treatment option is cost prohibitive. We owe our patients options and when I hear they aren’t being provided I shudder at the number of let’s falling through the cracks because we have forgotten to be compassionate and flexible. It’s also a reportable… Read more »

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Carol Dehm | 11 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 | 11 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 | 12 months ago
Hi, My Beloved 12 Year Old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Chloe, Has A Slipped Disc And Has…

Hi,
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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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 | 1 year 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.