Dog Paralysis

The causes and treatments of paralysis in dogs.

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CAUSES OF DOG PARALYSIS

Congenital/Inherited disorders: Intervertebral disk disease (in Dachshunds, Pekingese, Beagles, and other small breeds), caudal cervical spondylomyelopathy (wobbler syndrome; most common in Dobermans, Great Danes, Borzois, Basset Hounds), or atlantoaxial subluxation (young toy or miniature breeds, occasionally in large breeds, including Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers).

Trauma: Nerve injury, spinal cord injury (spinal fracture or luxation), or intervertebral disk injury.

Tumors: In brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, or nerve roots.

Miscellaneous: Fibrocartilagenous embolism (blockage of spinal cord blood vessels with fragments of fibrocartilage, probably from intervertebral disks); granulomatous meningoencephalomyelitis (an inflammatory disease of the brain/spinal cord, possibly due to a viral infection); paraneoplastic neuropathy (a non-metastatic complication of cancer).

Infectious diseases: Distemper, rabies, or cryptococcus infection (fungal) of spinal column/cord. Note: Never handle a dog who may have rabies. If possible, without touching the dog, confine him in a room, pen, or yard, and call your local animal control for assistance.

Parasites/Parasite-borne diseases: Tick paralysis, chronic ehrlichiosis, or neosporosis (usually in puppies).

Toxicity: Bromethalin (rodenticide).

What to do: Paralysis is always an emergency. Restrain your dog to prevent further injury, then take him to your veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately. Have a family member or friend call ahead to let them know you’re coming.

Disclaimer: DogChannel.com’s Dog Medical Conditions are intended for educational purposes only. They are not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your dog’s ailment. If you notice changes in your dog’s health or behavior, please take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.

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Yukidongo   Lexington, North Carolina

7/31/2013 2:11:05 AM

The rabies vaccine IS linked to paralysis in dogs. It is not even NECESSARY after the first 3 year vaccine, as the one covers the entire lifetime of many dogs. My Dad took his Weimaraner to the vet for vaccines, and within an hour of the shot the dog was paralyzed. The treatments you pay for...surgeries, etc...are hit and miss. Co Q 10, Vitamin B Complex, and Vitamin C will come closer to "fixing" your dog than another vet visit. And, MOST vets don't even realize the research has shown the rabies vaccine is the culprit. There were some studies done, and if the dog can survivee 2-3 months, with improvement, that they might live. The paralysis is an ascending one, starting in the hind end and progressing forward until the dog is usually completely paralyzed. The reason is the Rabies vaccine is attenuated, not killed, and the rabies vaccine attacks the CENTRAL Nervous system, demyelinating (stripping the myelin sheath) the nerve. The items mentioned above, along with Omega supplement (fish oil) can help rebuild the sheath. Sometimes, the rabies doesn't stop with paralysis. It progresses to the brain and the dog dies. The dog may even start to recover, and after 3 months or so have a relapse. It is at this point if not sooner, that maybe you re-evaluate the suffering. I am sure that is in the front of most people's minds the entire time, and I know it is hard to let go of a pet family member. The dogs that are affected more by this vaccine paralysis seem to be dogs around 9 yrs and older. I am sure there are younger, and that some breeds have a tendency toward these responses. They seem to be Husky, American Cocker, Akitas, and more. Dogs with white coats, and dogs with dilution genetics--like Merling are included as being potentially at risk. Hope this helps

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Eileen - 249708   Port Perry, ON

1/28/2013 5:26:14 AM

I have been reading allot of the health issuess in dogs and I have now made a point of knowing where the closes 24 hours emergency dog hospital is located so if something ever happens I will not waste any time getting my dog medical care.

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gail   indianola, Mississippi

12/24/2012 11:54:57 AM

just three day ago my coker wabble and had hno use og her hind legs. the vet said ti wait and see. she not worse onlt will stand for a second or two. dont know what to d! my heart is so heavy.

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Lee   Villa Rica, Georgia

10/1/2012 9:59:25 PM

2 weeks ago our 9 year old Dachsund Rufus was fit and healthy, he had never had a single health issue in his
life.

I came home and he wasn't himself and had an arched back as though he had a stomach issue, within 15 minutes his legs began wobbling as though he was drunk. Within an hour he was completely paralyzed in the hind
legs.

I can't tell anyone what it is if this ever happens to their dog except for this; if you ever see your dog exhibit these signs, contain them and try to stop any and all movement and get them to the vet NOW. Don't wait a few hours or until the morning, with every hour that passes the chances of full recovery
diminishes.
We began frantically reading online a out what it could be, we read that the rabies vaccine has been linked to dog paralysis....I was devastated and spent the night just holding him sobbing. When we took him to the vet the next day it was discovered that it was in fact a herniated disc pressing against his spinal chord. We were advised to go to the University of Georgia immediately for emergency surgery, which we did without hesitation.


For the entire surgery including 1 week stay and treatment, we paid $2,990.00 to save his life. 2 weeks after coming home Rufus, is still not walking but very small improvements are showing each day. It may be as long as 8-9 months before he walks again, or he may never walk again at all. It's an adjustment having to express his bladder and cleaning up after him, but its a small price to pay for his 9 years of unconditional love....he deserved a
chance.

Remember, arched back with wobbly legs - GET TO THE VETS
IMMEDIATELY.

The cost and recovery is not as much or hard as you think - $3-7k IS THE COST WITH NO
INSURANCE.

Only save your dogs life IF YOU'RE PREPARED TO BE 100% committed to his/her recovery, your cant change your mind later.

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