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Hi all Rigley our almost 7 year old has limited control over the back right end side and can't move his tail. We seen 2 vets one said soft tissue injury or possibly neurological. Our main vet said he thinks neurological or nerve damage. We have a consult next Wednesday with a neurologist but I wanted to see what other people think and what neurological issues would affect them this way. Here is a video if the link works

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I am so sorry this is happening to your dog. What kind of tests have they done? Has he been tested for DM? I do know a person with a German Shepherd that had a similar thing going on and it turned out he had slipped a disc in his spine he had surgery(very expensive) and is ok now but he was a lot younger. I would find out about DM though as it seems to be common now. You can help him out moving around by looping a towel around his waist and walking beside him holding the ends help support him. I hope they can find out what's wrong with him I will be keeping you in our prayers.
 

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Your dog has what looks like the beginning stages of Degenerative Myelopathy. You can order a DNA test through several different genetics labs to see if he is AT RISK which means he has 2 copies of the gene. We test through Gensol. Sadly, this is a progressive genetic condition that can not be reversed. You can however keep him moving and strengthen those muscles through hydrotherapy. Eventually he will lose function of both rear legs but many ppl then try using a wheel chair. The good news is there is no pain associated with this condition.

It could also possibly be spondylosis and a boney growth could be putting pressure on his spinal cord or a nerve bundle. This is easily checked by an X-ray of the spine. This condition does cause pain and requirements ongoing pain management.

Please keep us updated on your boy
 

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I'm so sorry also. It took me awhile to click on that lick ... because I recognize those symptoms. And if he is "not," in any pain?? I doubt it's nerve damage??

DM is what "Ultimately," took away my Struddell ... and unlike me/us. You won't have to go through this alone ... if that is what it is. So keep us on standby and let us know what the Doc say's Wed, take care and we got your back. :)
 

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Thank you for all the help. Its just so weird because he was completely normal and then suddenly started walking this way which he was seen by animal emergency on a saturday within an hour and his xray are all normal. He was put on Gabapentin by animal emergency even though it doesn't seem painful to him at all and he did fine with exam. Then Monday I scheduled with his normal vet because he had no improvement just worse. His normal vet decided to try prednisone to see if it helped at all and we started this Tuesday morning he seemed to do better walking Tuesday and today not sure if its the prednisone or if he is just getting better maybe. I thought it might be DM but with him being fine and then suddenly walking funny I'm not sure since its a slow progressive disease but one thing I did notice starting 3 weeks ago is he can not move his tail I have not seen it wag or move. Hoping he continues to improve and we find out more next week at the specialist.
 

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Thank you for all the help. Its just so weird because he was completely normal and then suddenly started walking this way which he was seen by animal emergency on a saturday within an hour and his xray are all normal. He was put on Gabapentin by animal emergency even though it doesn't seem painful to him at all and he did fine with exam. Then Monday I scheduled with his normal vet because he had no improvement just worse. His normal vet decided to try prednisone to see if it helped at all and we started this Tuesday morning he seemed to do better walking Tuesday and today not sure if its the prednisone or if he is just getting better maybe. I thought it might be DM but with him being fine and then suddenly walking funny I'm not sure since its a slow progressive disease but one thing I did notice starting 3 weeks ago is he can not move his tail I have not seen it wag or move. Hoping he continues to improve and we find out more next week at the specialist.
Good news he seems to be doing better. Not sure if you are in a tick area, but I have heard some tick borne illnesses can cause some paralysis, usually temporary.
 

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I am a new member of this forum and I have a paralyzed dog who cannot walk. Can everyone give me some advice? Thank you for your contributions.
 

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I am a new member of this forum and I have a paralyzed dog who cannot walk. Can everyone give me some advice? Thank you for your contributions.
Aww gezz so sorry. :(

How long has it been since he has been completely able to get up???
And do you have the Kindle app?? There are a few good books there that would be helpful.


And here is a link from Boxerworld, I was Gunther on there, it's been years since I read it but we covered lot's of stuff. And a wheelchair and a full body harness ... would be helpful. The wheelchair is a necessity the full body harness would be nice. Lot's of options out there but I am familiar with Walking Wheels. :
And the reason I as how long he's been down is because the sooner you can get him a wheelchair the easier it will be for him to adapt to it.

So sorry and ask questions, Welcome aboard in anycase. :)
 

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Well we finally got Rigley to the specialist yesterday after having to find a new specialist thanks to covid and people closing down. Update is they are pretty sure he has Discospondylitis and will be on antibiotics for 3 months. We are waiting for the radiologist to confirm the MRI findings so we can rule out DM as well. I'm praying this is all it is we will know more by tomorrow.
 

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Oh Roxie 2010 I am keeping my fingers crossed for you this is something that is treatable its terrible all this is happening right now when the country is in shut down. We will be keeping our fingers and paws crossed for you that this is indeed something you can treat thanks for the update!
 
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