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  • Need your advice my dog can't walk

    Hi,

    I just discovered that my dog couldn't walk today. His two back legs could not move. Today I took him to the vet and the estimated cost for his exam was $800. I was wondering if any of you guys know what might be wrong with him , and if he will be able to walk again. He is a outside dog and I do not see any wounds on his legs. Thanks

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    I am so sorry to hear about your pup. My dog TD, I had years ago had the same thing with her back legs. I went to check on her and she wasn't able to get up. Her back legs were paralyzed. Our vet discovered a tumor on her spine. So sorry again. TD was very old when this happened. How old is your dog?

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    • #3
      back legs problem

      I don't have this experiance myself. Maybe a nerve is pinched. I take my pup to the Vet. College where prices are lower and all is checked by a registered Vet. after the student does the work. Maybe your dog could use a chiropractor, don't know if there are any for dogs. Hope you get the right help.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Pepsidoodle
        I am so sorry to hear about your pup. My dog TD, I had years ago had the same thing with her back legs. I went to check on her and she wasn't able to get up. Her back legs were paralyzed. Our vet discovered a tumor on her spine. So sorry again. TD was very old when this happened. How old is your dog?

        Hi, Thank you for telling me your story. My dog is pretty young and I think my dog is going through the same thing.

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        • #5
          what about a low cost vet in the area or payment plans?

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          • #6
            Ya know, that is very steep for an ex-ray + exam. What does the vet want to do for $800 dollars?

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            • #7
              How's your dog doing today? did you take him/ her in?

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              • #8
                Hi, my dog seems to have a similiar issue. When I woke up this morning he couldn't stand up and it seems like he doesn't have any feeling in at least one of his back legs. At first I thought his leg was asleep, but he hasn't gotten any better all day. I read that someone's dog had a tumor on the spine which caused this. Has anyone else had any other experieces that might explain why this can happen?

                Thanks!

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                • #9
                  I would look for a different vet. I can't imagine any vet that would not look at the dog and at least take an x-ray for around $100. I would be both mortified and very angry if my vet wanted $800 just to look at the dog.

                  There are animal chiropractors and animal massage therapists (I am an animal massage therapist). If it is a slipped disc that is pinching a nerve it COULD cause paralysis. I am not a vet, and I am not hands on with your dog.

                  Good luck, and keep us posted.

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                  • #10
                    your vet may be right

                    My dog is having trouble like yours. It is $100 for a specialist to look the dog and x-rays. It is $800 to have a CT scan to make sure there is not a spinal tumor or a ruptured disc. The disc is easily fixed if you can afford the surgery. The tumor is usually not as successful.

                    If not a spinal problem after the CT scan then usually a hip replacement. That is also a specialist surgery for about $3,000. You can look for veterniarian hopsitals in universities that may cut the cost. Read up on the after procedures and care or you could have to do it again.

                    The hardest part of all of this is my dog went from great to can't walk in one day. Without an incident or illness leading up to this - it really caught me off guard.

                    Also the prices of trying to save her - and the sadness of not trying because I can't afford it is an extremely painful decision. She is 10 years old - has border coliie in her and is the sweetest dog.

                    She sees the specialist on the 9th - just a review, exam, and to look at her x-rays for $100. We will go from there I guess.

                    What did they finally figure out with your dog?

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                    • #11
                      Very sad

                      I am going through the same thing right now. One week my 10 year old rottie is fine the next, she is paralysed. And i dont know why! It has been a week and I have been giving her steroids, but it is not helping. I see no improvement at all. We have been to the vet and have had x rays, about 2 weeks ago. Her blood work is fine. So the vet sent us home with some pain med. Then thats when it all went down hill. I am keeping her as comfortable as possible, and she is eating, and drinking, and going potty, but all over the place. I am putting diapers on her. I am afraid that it is too late to help her and I cannot stand to see her like this. I am also thinking that the time is very near, that she has to leave me. Is there any hope? Am I missing something else?

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                      • #12
                        Hi, my dog starting having walking problems and couldn't wag his tail. I took him to a chiropractor for dogs and after one adjust was so much better. I would try that first I think. I couldn't believe the difference in made. sometimes just a pinched nerve or the like could cause this. If that isn't the cost this yes do the mri etc.

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                        • #13
                          I had this problem with my old girl, collie, Taffy. She ended up having a spinal nerve that was being pinched by a tumaor. She had them all over her in the end. I hope this is not the case with your dog. How old is he? Evey, how did you become an animal massage therapist? Did you go to school for this, and if so what was the name and where?

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                          • #14
                            blueparadise, you might want to pm Evey ...her post on this thread is two years old and she might not look here...

                            MyJewel, can you create a new thread just for your rottie's problem...you might get more responses as the original thread is two years old.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Julia423
                              blueparadise, you might want to pm Evey ...her post on this thread is two years old and she might not look here...

                              MyJewel, can you create a new thread just for your rottie's problem...you might get more responses as the original thread is two years old.
                              Has anyone noticed the huge amounts of really old threads getting ressurected lately? Whats up with that?
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