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    Default 5 year old boston - loss of use in rear legs

    hi everyone,

    this is my first post....

    My beloved 5 year old boston terrier "Snoop" had to be taken to the vets on sunday afternoon after in the space of 5 mins he lost all use of his 'rear end'. It was if he'd become really drunk and was unable to stand.

    He's been at the vets for two days now and they don't have an idea what it is. saw snoop today and he's a little subdued but not in any pain. but he won't/can't stand up with his rear legs (front ones are working ok).

    vet though it might be virus or poisoning (which i doubt)...


    anybody had a similar experience?
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    no, not with dogs, but I did with my cat, it was diabetes. I hope Snoop gets better real soon! How heartbreaking for you!
    Keep us posted!

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    Soooo sorry to read this! I said a prayer for your puppy. I would be heartbroken if this happened to my Sheva.

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    Any idea what tests they have run? It could be something with his spine, a disc problem or a pinched nerve. Have they taken x-rays?
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    So sorry to hear this. Keep us posted!

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    Yes, it happened to both of my prior Shih-a-poos. It was genetic. The disc in the back slipped. One had to put down and the other was doctored with steroids and rest and regained her strength. Good Luck. One was dad and one was daughter who inherited it.

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    Oh wow! This brings back memories.Went to work one day with both my doggys running around...came home that night and my pug couldnt walk! Front legs were fine...back legs completely paralyzed. He was dragging his body with his front arms, like when a dog "scoots" on the carpet. SInce it was at night we rushed him to the emergency animal hospital. Actually the one near our house told us to go take him to the newer hospital which has more experience with paralysis. I believe we were waiting for about an hour or so when they told us his spine was detirioating (sp?) which was affecting the signal from his legs to his brain and thats why he couldnt walk. We chose to have them go ahead with the surgery to fuse his spine back together which they said may or may not fix his paralysis. He was at the hospital recovering for a few days, then rehab at home for a few months. Basically just us massaging and "bicycling" his legs. Its been about a year and a half since this happened and Im happy to say that Taz is doing great. He drags his back left leg a little...so we got him a boot because he was grinding his nails to the nerves from dragging. But he is completely mobile, he just cant jump on the couch or bed anymore...so we got him stairs. He runs and plays with his brother...he's doing awesome.As for what caused it...since we were at work when it happened, we have no idea. The vet said it was a)a trauma, like maybe my parents mastif fell on him or he fell off the deck, or b)It could have been genetic. Sorry this post is so long but I totally understand the stress and worry and hope my story about Taz's recovery gives you a piece of mind. If I had to give you any advice...I would take him to an animal hospital vs a vet, or try to find a specialist becuase it sounds like a spinal issue whether a slipped disk or something similar to Taz which could have been a genetic thing. Either way...the sooner the diagnosis the better. Please keep us updated and good luck! Your little guy will be just fine

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    Also...this is a long shot...but where are you located. If its the slim chance your in the seattle area, the Kirkland animal hospital was so great. They had a diganosis in about an hour. No doubt your vet is wonderful, but I would definitely take him somewhere else, like an animal hospital which would be like an ER doctor vs a vet which may be more like a GP doc

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    I think I would take him elsewhere as well. Time is important, and they've had two days with no results. Not saying their incompetent so please dont think that. Regular vets arent specialists and shouldnt feel insulted if you take Snoop to see one, which I agree you should. Keep us updated.
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    11,000 to 16,000 pets are euthanized every day because they are homeless.
    An animal in a shelter is killed every 1.5 seconds.
    Only 1 animal in 10 born in the U.S. gets a good home that lasts a lifetime.

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    Default thanks for the kinds words

    Thank you all very much for the kind words of support, snoop seems to be getting better bit by bit went to see him last night and one of his rear legs is starting to work.

    It looks like he's lost bowel/bladder control at the moment.
    The Vet has said their just going to monitor him as he's getting better (abit slowly) each day.


    he did mention that it could be a blood clot on the brain that was responsible or a spinal problem.....

    who knows....

    thank again,

    very much appreciated

    Neill

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