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my 6 year old Labrador was diagnosed with Hansen type 3. He has deep pain sensation in his back legs but cannot stand. This happened a day ago with treatment beginning at 4am. what is the prognosis for this injury? he was diagnosed by mri
What type of treatment is he receiving currently?
Does he have any motor?
Is he in significant pain?
Have you already had an evaluation with a surgeon?
If he still has motor then his odds improve. Getting the inflammation down as soon as possible will lead to a greater outcome. If surgery is not an option then I would consider talking to your vet about trying IV DMSO. It is an anti inflammatory more commonly used in large animals that has shown some promising results. Make sure he is as calm as possible and restricted from movement as much as possible. Most people choose to crate their pets during this time. It can take up to 2-3 months for complete recovery. As the bruising resorbs and inflammation decreases you should see significant signs of improvement within the week. Since your surgeon has stated that it is only a bruise then my hope would be that he is correct for one and that within 4-6 weeks he would be nearly at 85% of normal. In his situation you will need to be sure that he is able to urinate on his own as well. If not then you will have to express him to relieve his bladder to prevent over flow and infection. Please let me know if further assistance is needed.Theresa