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My Shitzu has been down...
My Shitzu has been down a month & has hurt his back before but he cannot move his back legs at all...the vet gave him Tramadol, Prednisone, Cardispol or some muscle relaxant plus slurry meds...my poor pup :( he is 5 years old but his breathing is rapid, labored & he makes a very strange sound when breathing and his abdominal area is solid as a rock it’s heartbreaking to watch-please advise? I had to stop his meds just so he could rest
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian replied 2 months ago

Shanone, I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. Regretfully, Boomer is now a surgical candidate for spinal cord decompression. Here's what you need to know:

The most important prognostic indicator is the presence or absence of nociception (deep pain perception) in Boomer's hind legs. This assessment is always subjective but apparent loss of sensation suggests the possibility for permanent paralysis regardless of treatment. Approximately 50% of dogs in this condition recover with decompressive surgery.

Approximately 90-97% of dogs with intact nociception, even if they're paraplegic or tetraplegic recover fully or nearly fully with surgical decompression. However, the time frame for recovery is extremely variable - a few days to many weeks or months.

With nonsurgical treatment about 85% of ambulatory dogs and 50% of non-ambulatory (but retaining pain perception) dogs ultimately recover but recovery can be quite protracted - weeks to months.

Has Boomer's vet checked Boomer's nociception?

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