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We have an 8 year old dog who is the centre of our home we

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Hi we have an 8 year old dog who is the centre of our home we love him to bits and have since we rescued him as a pup. recently he has started
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the matter with the dog?
Customer: sorry pressed enter by mistake
JA: Where does the dog seem to hurt?
Customer: he's a mongrel but has a lot of husky/shpperd about him. recently he's gone off his back legs. the vet we have is excellent and when we took him she said it could be arthritis but, he is also displaying signs of nerve problems (if you turn his toes under he doesn't put it right....just stands on it. he's gone downhill really quickly and they now have him on tramadol. they say thats all they can do because any further investigation would involve an MRI which we just havn't got the money for.
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: is there any advice you can give that will help him?
JA: What is the dog's name?
Customer: his name is vinegar (vinnie)
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about vinegar?
Customer: no the whole off his legs thing is all that's ever been wrong with him.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.

Hi JaCustomer,

My name is ***** ***** I’ve been involved professionally with dogs in the health and behavioral fields for over 18 years. It will be my pleasure to work with you today.

I'm so sorry to hear about Vinnie. Unfortunately, without diagnostic testing it is difficult to determine the actual cause. An intervertebral disc that has slipped or ruptured up into the spinal canal causes inflammation of the spinal cord, which in severe cases causes paralyses of the rear legs. You can read about this here:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-thoracolumbar-area-in-dogs/page1.aspx
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/intervertebral-disc-disease-cervical-area/page1.aspx

Large dog breeds sometimes suffer from a condition called degenerative myelopathy which can also cause problems with the rear legs and paralyses. You can read about this here:
http://www.petplace.com/dogs/degenerative-myelopathy/page1.aspx

Tramadol is a pain reliever and often used for dogs with degenerative myelopathy. Unfortunately, if this is degenerative myelopathy, the dog does generally go downhill quite fast and can reach the end stage of the disease in as little as 3 months. The following site lists ways you can help your dog.

http://www.ivghospitals.com/specialty-services/symptoms-of-degenerative-myleopathy/

I can give you a list of sites that may help with vet bills.

Veterinary Bill Assistance Programs:
1. The Big Hearts Fund: http://bigheartsfund.org/
2. Cats in Crisis: http://www.catsincrisis.org/
3. Diabetic Cats In Need: http://fdmb-cin.blogspot.com/
4. The Dog And Cat Cancer Fund: http://www.dccfund.org/
5. Frankie's Friends: http://www.frankiesfriends.com/
6. Handicapped Pets Foundation: http://hpets.org/
9. The Mosby Foundation: http://themosbyfoundation.org/
10. The Onyx and Breezy Foundation: http://www.onyxandbreezy.org/
11. Paws 4 A Cure: http://www.paws4acure.org/
12. The Pet Fund: http://thepetfund.com/
13. Pets-DC: http://www.petsdc.org/
14. Shakespeare Animal Fund: http://www.shakespeareanimalfund.org/

This site may have additional resources as well.

http://www.speakingforspot.com/helppayingforveterinarycare.html

http://maddiesinstitute.typepad.com/chewonthis/2014/12/helping-people-find-money-to-pay-for-veterinary-care.html

I wished I had better news for you. Perhaps one of the above organizations would help with testing costs so you have a better idea of what you are treating.

I hope this information is helpful to you. If you would like any additional information or have more questions please don’t hesitate to press the reply to expert or continue conversation button so I can address any issues you still have . If you do find this helpful, please take this opportunity to rate my answer positively so I am compensated for my time.

Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Customer
Expert:  jadedangel57 replied 1 month ago.

Hi Again,

I just thought I'd check in to see how things are going for you and your dog. Let me know if my answer was helpful.

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