So sad and scared about my doggie

  1. We have a 9 yr old doxie and today I found her literaly paralyzed in her hind legs. Couldn't walk, just tried to "drag" her legs, but couldn't barely do it. I rushed her to the vet who said her deep tendon reflexes were not present and she had a negative response to painful stimuli (hard pressing of the toes and feet). Theyr'e keeping her for obs for a couple days with a course of high dose steroids. Anyone had experience with this sort of thing. I am so sad and feel horrible. I don't know what we will do without her (well, I know, but I hate the thought). Should we try looking for a surgeon or get her a wheelchair for dogs? Shoot.
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  3. by   FROGGYLEGS
    Is a Doxie a daschund?

    I would find out the prognosis and what options I had. Provided that the dog wouldn't suffer afterwards, I would do anything to keep them here with me. After losing a Boston Terrier last year, I know I would never want to live through that again. I have came across a few dogs in WCs on different message boards. They seem to adapt well to it and live a normal life. I'm sorry that I can't really offer you any advice because I'm not familiar with this condition or breed of dog.

    I belong to a message board on MSN for Boston Terriers. They have quite a bit of information related to common health problems of Bostons on the board. Maybe you could find a similar one for Doxies. They've been really helpful with my questions about our two boys.

    If you know the name of her condition you could probably research it and find some answers on the web. The Merck manual of vet. medicine is online.

    I wish you and your Doxie luck.
  4. by   Tweety
    No advice. I'm sorry to hear about your doxie. Hope that all will be o.k.
  5. by   nursebedlam
    my prayers and with you and Doxie
  6. by   colleen10
    Hi Sharann,

    I'm so sorry about your pup. I had a cat once who lived to be about 12 years old. We had to put him down because in the middle of the night we awoke to him kind of meowing/crying. The upper half of his body was fine but he was unable to move his hind quarters and was dragging himself with his front legs. We rushed him to the vet and he had no feeling in his lower extremeities, nor any blood flow. It turned out that he had thrown a clot that blocked all blood flow to the lower portion of his body. We had to put him down that night.

    I sincerely hope that you pup is having some other treatable problem.
  7. by   BadBird
    Poor doggie I had a friend who had a similiar problem with her doggie, he jumped off the sofa and herniated discs in his back, which is a common problem for those type of dogs. I sure hope yours mends quickly.
  8. by   kyti
    So sorry to hear about your little guy(or girl) . I had a beautiful rabbit that this happened to. It turned out that he had broken his back jumping in his cage. Hope your doggie will be ok. And I have seen a dog on tv that had to have his back legs amputated and he was in some kind of little doggie wheelchair that straped on to his back half.
  9. by   RN~in~CT
    Keeping you and your doggie in my prayers.
  10. by   leslie :-D
    as an avid dog lover (i have 3) i truly empathize...of course you want what is best for your dog, given its existing discomfort and age. they are SO like family to us and if some cases, even closer. keep us updated and many prayers sent your way.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Gosh I am so sorry. I know the pain of seeing a loved one like a pet go downhill and having to make decisions that are more than painful regarding his care. I am wishing you and your doxie the best. Keeping you in my thoughts.
  12. by   ang75
    That has to be the most terrible feeling in the world. I love my dogs more than anything. They are my babies. Sorry to say, I have no advice. I do however know of a place that sells supportive slings for the hind ends of dogs. You can find them on-line at...
    Hope this helps and wish you and your pup all the best!
  13. by   Danelle

    I have always had Dachshunds and I had one that this happened to about 18 years ago. The vet did acupuncture on her several times and had us fill the bathtub with water and make her swim 2 or 3 times a day. The acupuncture he did as an experiment so he only charged us $5.00 a session. Anyway, it took a couple of weeks but it worked! She ended up living a happy and healthy life and died at 15 years of age.
    By the way, don't let anyone tell you that letting them jump on things makes them have back problems. Dachshunds are predisposed to back problems. The one I had with back problems never jumped up on anything a day in her life.

    Best of luck with your baby.
  14. by   sharann
    Thanks for the words, prayers everyone. I am on my way to the vet to see whats going on there with her. Yes she's a Dauchund, and she is like my second child. My 14 yr old son was so upset he couldn't do his homework last night, and my husband was up half the night upset too. I'll let you know as soon as I know something.